How to Play Craps

The game of craps is one of the most exciting, popular games throughout casinos and internet gambling parlors. It’s played with two dice, on a table specifically built for the game. In casinos, the dice are replaced every 8 hours and there are many rules that have been implemented referring to how a player can handle the dice. For example, a player can only handle the dice with one hand while throwing, and they must hit the opposite side of the table. If one or both dice roll off the table, they must be inspected before coming back into play.

Accommodating up to 20 players, each person can get a round of throws (In other words, each player has a chance to be the shooter.) If you’d rather not be the shooter during a given round, you have the opportunity to bet on the thrower. There are various bets that can be made during a craps game, and it’s important to understand these bets before you undertake the game of craps. First however, you must understand the terminology of the game so you do not look like an amateur at the table.

The first throw of a new craps game is called the “come out” roll. Players make their bets, and the shooter gets the chance to throw the dice. Afterwards, the come out roll can only be made if the previous shooter did not make a winning roll. When the shooter rolls the dice, they are rolled across the craps table and best are disbursed according to the numbers rolled. The table is divided into three separate areas; two side areas, with a center area dividing the two. The side areas are replicas of each other and contain the Pass and Don’t Pass Bet lines, Come and Don’t Come bets, Odds Bet, Place Bets, and Field Bets. Meanwhile, the center area of the table contain the proposition bets.

If you’re just starting out, it can be a bit complicated understanding the various bets you can make in a game and how you can win. With the pass bet win line, players win if the first roll comes up a 7 or 11 (a “natural) and lose if the roll is a 2, 3, or 12 (this is called craps.) If a point is rolled during the craps game (in other words, a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) it must be rolled again in order to win. Consequently, if the shooter throws a 7 before the point can be repeated, you will lose.

With the Come Bet, you have basically the same rules as the pass bet line. However, the only way you can place a bet here is if the point on the pass line has already been determined. Once gamblers place their bets, the very first dice roll becomes the point. Once again, you win if it’s a natural and lose if it’s craps. The Don’t Pass line bet is actually the opposite of the pass line bet; in other words, a “natural” will cause a player to lose and rolling a 2 or a 3 will cause the player to win. Rolling a 12 means a player ties with the casino. If a point comes out, you have to roll a 7 before the point is repeated in order to win. The Don’t Come Bet is a direct reversal of the Come Bet.

There are several other bets players can make, but these are a few of the most common. Gamblers can also choose to make place bets, which can only be played once a point has been determined, or field bets which are for one dice roll only. Many Las Vegas casinos also offer Big Six, Big Eight bets which causes a player to win if a six or eight is rolled before a seven. Finally, there are several proposition bets that can be made as well, but they are all also for one dice roll with few exceptions.



The game of craps might seem a bit complicated at first, but gaining a thorough understanding of how to play will give you an advantage and not make you look like an amateur when you’re at the table. If you enjoy exciting, fast paced games then craps is definitely a great game for you to try.

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