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How To Play Craps

Craps is – at its most simple – a game of chance that involves two dice, and as a player, you simple place a wager on what you predict the outcome of the dice’s roll will be.

Now, if you were to play Craps in a land-based casino, you’d have to deal with betting and wagering in a fast-paced and action-packed environment – but thankfully, with the invention of online gambling, this is all automatic, making Craps a great game for ALL levels of players!

To begin with, each Craps game starts with a preliminary roll, which is known as a come-out roll.

There are two types of bet that can be placed before this initial roll – these are the Pass Line, and Don’t Pass Line bets. While we won’t get into bet specifics, these bets essentially bet on whether a number will be set or not – more on that to follow.

Once the two dice are rolled, if the total of the dice equals 2, 3, or 12, the game ends right away, and a new game begins. This is known as ‘crapping out’, and is one of the most boring parts of the game, as it ends gameplay before it’s had a chance to get started!

If a 7 or 11 is rolled, the game also ends – the only difference between the two events, is that it affects players who bet on the Pass Line/Don’t Pass Line bets.

Now, if a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled, what’s known as a point is set, and this point is the centre of the rest of the game, as it dictates how bets are placed, and how wagers are settled.

After the point is set, another round begins, and this continues until a 7 is rolled – the only number which ends the game.

Types Of Bets

There are a wide selection of betting wager options within Craps, and below, I’ll outline some of the most popular:

A Place Win Bet is made when a point has already been established, and this is basically betting on a single number – so, for instance, you could bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, and if your number is rolled on the next roll, you win, paid out at 7:6. Now this may not be the best payout, but it’s important to note that your bet stays until your number rolls in, or until a 7 is rolled, so you have pretty good odds here!

By placing the Buy Bet, you’ll place a wager on a number, and this bet features identically to the Place Win bet, with the only difference being that you’re paid out much higher than the Place Win bet, with the caveat that the casino takes a small commission of 5%. Payouts increase from 6:5, to 2:1, depending which numbers you decide to bet on.

The Lay Bet is an identical opposite of the Buy Bet, and again, you’re betting on a single number. However, in this instance, you’re betting AGAINST the number coming in, and if the number you bet on is rolled before a 7 is, you lose the bet – if a 7 is rolled before your number comes in, you win, paid out at odds dependent on the number you bet on.

That’s just a few of the bets you’ll find in Craps – check out my other articles for more information on playing!