Tutorial - How to play Craps

It's the loudest game on the floor and only spectator pump game in the casino that's upstanding of the name.

Imagine your average Poker game: stone faces, a couple of words, cagey players and cut-throat action. How to play Craps, god bless it, is the absolute opposite. Players calling bets, hangers-on pumped on the action, fellow wagerers your companions with the chips flying and the dice right behind them. It's not just a game, it's the King of Dice.

"There is such a battalion of betting options, special rules and exclusions that you'll feel as if you'll never get a handle on it. Personally, I avoided the Craps table for the longest time simply because unlike Jackpotjoy slots where you can win a great jackpot by simply clicking, the craps table was so noisy and confusing. But hang in there because the brighter you play the easier it is. The trick is to take it one step at one time"

And while it's true that a smart player can step in with $100 and with a little luck walk away minutes later with $10,000, it's also true that there are more sucker bets than you can shake a stick at. Few games show you the line between a smart bet and a bad one, inked right on the felt for all to see. Strategy, opponents, long odds and smart bets. Craps has it all.

Regrettably Craps can be pretty intimidating for the newbie. There is such a battalion of betting options, special rules and exclusions that you'll feel as if you'll never get a handle on it. Personally, I avoided the Craps table for the longest time simply because it was so noisy and confusing. But hang in there because the brighter you play the easier it is. The trick is to take it one step at one time.

Play Craps
Craps Table

Fundamentals
When you're rolling the dice you are the "shooter". Your first toss in a round of Craps is called the Come Out roll. If you roll a 7 or 11, you win and the round is over before it started. If you roll a 2, 3, or 12 that's a Craps and you lose: again, it's over before it started. Any other number becomes the Point. The purpose of the Come Out roll is to set the Point, which can be any of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. The Dealer places a puck marked "On" above the Point number printed on the table.

Objective
The basic objective in Craps is for the shooter to win by tossing the Point again before he tosses a 7. That 7 is called Out 7 to differentiate it from the 7 on the Come Out roll. If the Point is tossed, the shooter and his associate bettors win and the round is over. If the shooter tosses Out 7, they lose and the round is over. If the toss is neither the Point nor Out 7, the round continues and the dice keep rolling.

Betting and payoff
Here's where life at the Craps table can get complex. There are an overwhelming number of betting options and it'll make you dizzy trying to figure them all out at once. Like I promised though, it's easy to play smart. Let's talk about those smart bets first.

Pass bets
The typical -- and easiest -- bet is called a Pass bet. It is placed on the Pass Line before the Come Out roll. Assuming that the round goes past the Come Out roll, you're betting on the chance that you'll roll the Point again before you roll an Out 7. Pass bets win at even odds, 1:1. Since any Pass bets are typically betting with the shooter, Pass bettors are said to be betting "right", they're supporting the shooter in his attempt to win.

To Win: win on the Come Out roll if the dice show 7 or 11. Win on any subsequent roll if you roll the Point.
To Lose: lose on the Come Out roll if the dice are Craps (2, 3, or 12). Lose on any subsequent roll if it's an Out 7.

Don't pass bets
A bet placed on the Don't Pass line is basically the opposite of a Pass bet. Assuming that the round goes past the Come Out roll, you're betting that the shooter will roll Out 7 before making the Point. In other words, you're betting against the shooter, which is why it's called a "wrong" bet. Rest assured though, there is nothing wrong with the odds on a Don't Pass bet.

To Win: win on the Come Out roll if the dice show Craps (2, 3 or 12). Win on any subsequent roll if it's an Out 7.

To Lose: lose on the Come Out roll of 7 or 11. Lose on any subsequent roll if it's the Point.

Come/Don't Come bets
Come and Don't Come bets are basically the same as Pass and Don't Pass except they are placed while a round is in progress. They are designed for players who join the game late. The same rules apply: win if the next roll is 7 or 11, lose if it's Craps. Otherwise the roll becomes the Come Point.

Odds bets
An Odds bet is a backup bet on a Pass/Don't Pass/Come/Don't Come bet already on the table. They're usually limited to two or three times (2x or 3x) the original bet and pay off at true odds: the payoff truly reflects the probability of the dice's roll and there's no additional house edge involved. Unlike original Pass/Don't Pass/Come/Don't Come bets, unresolved Odds bets can be removed from the table during play.
Pass Odds and Come Odds pay 2:1 on a roll of 4 or 10, 3:2 on 5's and 9's, and 6:5 on 6's and 8's.
Don't Pass Odds and Don't Come Odds pay 1:2 on a roll of 4 or 10, 2:3 on 5's and 9's, 5:6 on 6's and 8's.

Other bets
Now for the rest of the table, the Place Number bets and Proposition bets. Regrettably the odds against you here vary from mediocre to terrible which is why savvy players ignore almost all of them. These bets are for the most part designed for players who either have money burning a hole in their pocket or feel they have to bet on every little toss of the dice. The cost of such restlessness and risk-taking is higher house edges, sometimes dramatically higher.
A Place Number bet is where you're betting that a specific number will roll before a 7 does, or contrariwise. These include the Place, Buy, Lay and Lose bets, the Big 6 and Big 8, and finally the Hard 4, Hard 6, Hard 8 and Hard 10.

The Proposition bets are where you bet that the next roll will be a specific number. These include the 2, 3, 7, 11, and 12 bets, the Any Craps bet, the Field, Hop and Horn bets.

People who enjoy the game of Craps, or even people who find it a bit complicated but still want a lot of excitement can try other casino games such as blackjack, bingo, slots and many other games available in various casinos.

How to play Craps
Silver Oak - Live Dealers