How to Play Craps
Craps is a vast game filled with lots of different bets and options. With this being the case, it’s a little harder to learn than most other online casino games, and the board is intimidating upon first glance. But all this means is that you need to spend more time learning the basics of online craps.
The first thing you should concentrate on when learning how to play craps is the basic structure of the game. The only person who is actually playing in a craps game is the shooter; the other people just make bets on the outcome of the shooter’s dice rolls (in online craps games, the software rolls the dice for you). A new shooter’s first roll is called the “come out” roll, and the shooter’s dice rolls determine who wins and loses bets.
When making wagers, you need to place your chips on the desired betting areas. This is where things get tricky because there are so many different bets that you can make in craps and the table looks confusing. In addition to this, you can only make certain bets after the new shooter has rolled. For example, you can’t make a come bet until the shooter has established a point (when 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled on the come out roll).
Some of the most common online craps bets include the following:
Pass line bet: Players automatically win a pass line bet if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the come out roll; the bet loses if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 on the come out roll. Any other dice roll will establish the aforementioned point, at which case the shooter will need to roll the point before a 7 for pass line bets to win.
Don’t pass line bet: This is the opposite of a pass line bet. With a don’t pass line bet you win when a 2 or 3 is rolled on the come out, you lose when a 7 or 11 is rolled, and you push with a 12. If a point is established, you win when a 7 is rolled before the point.
Come Bet: Come bets are exactly like pass line bets, except for one thing – they are placed after a point has been established. Once a come bet has been made, you win when a 7 or 11 is rolled on the first throw, and you lose when a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled. Anything else results in the point, and you are hoping for the point to be rolled before a 7.
Don’t Come Bet: Again, the don’t come bet acts in the exact same fashion as a don’t pass line bet, except for the fact that it’s made after the point has been established on the shooter’s come out roll.
Place Bets: Place bets are made on a specific number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), and your bet wins if the number is rolled before a 7.
These are the main bets that craps players make, and they offer the lowest house edge. There are quite a few other bets you can make, but it’s generally recommended that you avoid them until you have a better understanding of the game.