Below is a complete description of how to play craps. Before you try it for the first time, it is advisable to practice betting on a ‘for free game’. For this purpose we have chosen the craps game available at Slots LV.
At Slots LV you can play the free practice craps games without even registering and with no download needed. Their craps table however, uses the table layout with payouts stated as 15 to 1 instead of 16 for 1 and 30 to 1 instead of 31 for 1.
How To Play Craps*
Think of the game as rounds of dice rolls. A round begins with a dice shooter. If you’re playing online, you’re always the shooter, but if you’re in a brick and mortar casino, players around the table take turns being the shooter. You can still place bets when you’re not the shooter.
Every round begins with the shooter rolling the come-out roll, which is simply the inaugural roll of the round. The outcome of the come-out roll dictates the next move.
Rolling a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 ends the round. Wins and losses depend on the specific bet placed (we go into detail on the different types of bets below).
Rolling a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 establishes a Point number. A puck is placed on the number on the board to remind players of the Point.
Once the Point is established, you pick up the dice again and continue to roll them over and over, until you re-roll the Point (also known as making the point), or roll a 7 (also known as sevening-out).
TYPES OF CRAPS BETS
While there’s a bunch of different ways to bet in craps, we’re going to go over the five most popular bets.
PASS LINE AND DON’T PASS LINE
The most popular bet you can make in craps is the Pass Line bet. It’s reserved for the come-out roll, and pays even-money if you roll a 7 or 11. Alternatively, you lose your Pass Line bet if you roll a 2, 3 or 12.
For rounds that include a Point number (a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 on the come-out), you’re looking to re-roll the Point. If you roll a 7 instead, you lose the bet.
The Don’t Pass Line is the opposite of the Pass Line bet. It’s also reserved for the come-out roll, but unlike the Pass Line bet, you’re aiming to roll a 2 or 3 on the come-out roll. If you roll a 7 or 11, you lose. Rolling a 12 results in a tie, which returns your bet.
For rounds that include a Point, you win if a 7 is rolled, and lose if the Point is re-rolled.
Craps is one of the few games in a casino to offer a bet with zero house edge. They’re called odds bets and they’re side bets that boost your Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets. These bets pay according to a number’s true odds. For example, the odds of landing a 4 or 10 before sevening-out are 2 to 1, and the payout is 2-1. These bets are available in rounds where a Point number is established.
PLACE TO WIN
The Place to Win bet lets you bet on a specific number being rolled before a 7. It can be placed on the table at any time and removed after any roll. You don’t even have to place a Pass Line bet to access the Place to Win. To use this bet, place chips on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and/or 10; these are the only numbers you can bet for Place to Win.
PLACE TO LOSE
The Place to Lose bet wins if a 7 is rolled before the selected number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10). You can make and remove this bet as you please and aren’t required to first bet on the Pass Line, making it one of the most flexible bets on the table.
COME BET AND DON’T COME BET
The Come and Don’t Come bets are the same as the Pass Line and Don’t Pass bets, with one exception: You can’t place them on the come-out roll. So just like with the Pass Line, if you bet on the Come, you’re hoping that a 7 or 11 are rolled. If you make a Don’t Come bet, you’re hoping that a 2 or 3 is rolled. Everything else results in another Point number. You can think of the Come and Don’t Come bets as mini rounds with a new come-out roll. You can even boost your Come and Don’t Come bets with odds bets.
When playing craps, most people bet the Pass Line/Come and take odds because it allows players to play with the group, with everyone winning and losing together. Now if ‘group mentality’ is not your thing, bet the Don’t Pass Line/Don’t Come and take maximum odds. This method gives you the lowest house edge possible when you combine the zero edge of the odds bet with the 1.36% edge of the Don’t Pass bet.
Whatever you do, stay away from the Big Six and Big Eight bets. These sucker bets pay 1-1 for rolling a 6 or 8 before sevening-out when you can be paid 7-6 betting on the same numbers through the Place to Win bets.
HOW DO YOU BET IN CRAPS?
You might be in for a bit of confusion if you’re looking at a craps layout for the first time. That’s why it’s best to start your craps training using Practice Play online. Big bets like the Come and Pass Line are clearly written on the table, but there are many bets that aren’t obvious when you’re first learning how to play craps.
To explore the different betting options, grab a casino chip with your cursor and hover it over the virtual board. As you hover over different bets, the bet name pops up at the top of the screen. Then, simply drop those babies on the bets you want. After getting used to the betting layout online, you’ll be confident enough to join a craps table at a physical casino and make more than just a Pass Line bet.
WHAT ARE THE PAYOUTS IN CRAPS?
Payouts in craps range from even-money bets to ones that pay 30-1. See below for the most popular bets and their payouts.
- Pass and Don’t Pass: 1-1
- Come and Don’t Come: 1-1
- Taking Odds 6 and 8: 6-5
- Taking Odds 5 and 9: 3-2
- Taking Odds 4 and 10: 2-1
- Laying Odds 6 and 8: 5-6
- Laying Odds 5 and 9: 2-3
- Laying Odds 4 and 10: 1-2
- Place to Win 6 and 8: 7-6
- Place to Win 5 and 9: 7-5
- Place to Win 4 and 10: 9-5
- Place to Lose 6 and 8: 4-5
- Place to Lose 5 and 9: 5-8
- Place to Lose 4 and 10: 5-11
- Buy 4 and 10: 2-1 (minus 4% commission)
- Buy 5 and 9: 3-2 (minus 4% commission)
- Buy 6 and 8: 6-5 (minus 4% commission)
- Lay 4 and 10: 1-2 (minus 4% commission)
- Lay 5 and 9: 2-3 (minus 4% commission)
- Lay 6 and 8: 5-6 (minus 4% commission)
- Hard Way 4 and 10: 7-1
- Hard Way 6 and 8: 9-1
- Big 6: 1-1
- Big 8: 1-1
- Field Bet 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11: 1-1
- Field Bet 2: 2-1
- Field Bet 12: 3-1
THE BEST BET IN CRAPS
Beginner Bets / Advanced Bets
It doesn’t matter if you’re a craps pro or a newbie –the best bet on the table is the Don’t Pass Line/Don’t Come coupled with the Don’t Pass Odds. The Don’t Pass Line and Don’t Come have a 1.36% house edge and the odds bet has no house edge at all, so you want to make the biggest bet possible when laying the odds.
How to Shoot Dice
Playing craps online is easy. You don’t need to worry about learning how to throw the dice; it’s done virtually with the tap of a button. But when you go to a physical casino, you’ll be expected to roll the dice a certain way. Hold the dice with one hand and keep your hand over the table. Shoot the dice so that they bounce from the table to the wall.
It’s a fast-paced game and sometimes all that lingo can make your head swim. Take a look at some of the common jargon used at craps tables before playing live.
Rolling a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out roll is known as craps, as everyone who bet the Pass Line loses.
Snake Eyes is rolling a 2 or betting 2 on Any Craps.
Two sixes are called boxcars.
The Hard Way
Rolling something “the hard way” means rolling matching numbers on each dice. Rolling two 3’s is an example of rolling 6 the hard way.
Rolling a little Joe is rolling 4 the hard way (with two 2’s).
HOW TO WIN AT CRAPS
Basically, craps is a dice game and you win money when the dice fall in your favour. You might be used to seeing a big, green velvet table with a confusing looking grid and rows of numbers when you have wandered over toward the craps tables in a casino. The online version is exactly the same with all of the same ways to bet, win and have fun.
To play craps, players place their wager on the roll of the dice and the first thing you should know about is the pass line bet. The pass line is open to players for the come out roll or the first roll in the round. You have the option of placing money on the pass line and if the dice falls in your favour then you win even money on your bet. There’s also a don’t pass line which players can use to beat against the players on the pass line. So, if you put money on the don’t pass line and the dice falls your way rather than in favour of the bettors on the pass line, you win the bet.
The come bet is a bit like the first two we’ve just gone through, but it is played over two rounds, rather than one. When you place a come bet, you place it on the pass line but if the dice rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 your bet will move to the corresponding number on the table. Your bet stays there until the come bet is lost or won. Just like the pass bet and don’t pass bet, the come bet has it’s own don’t come bet which lets you bet against the dice falling on a number.
A field bet is a bit more straightforward. When you put your money inside the field box, you’re betting that a one of the featured numbers will be rolled. Once the dice are rolled and your number comes up, you win the bet!
Not unlike the field bet where you’re betting one of the featured numbers will come up, a place bet is you betting that a particular number will be rolled. And, just like before, you can always bet against a particular number coming up with a don’t place bet instead.
If you like seeing your picked numbers roll up on the table then check out the 6:8 box. When you place your bet there, you are betting that either a 6 or an 8 will be rolled. If you’re right, then you win even money.
The hard way bet is a bit trickier to win and it pays accordingly. When you place a hard way bet, you’re betting that a 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be rolled out as a pair.
Finally, your one roll bets are just like it says on the tin. When you place a one roll bet then you are betting on a single roll of the dice turning up your nominated number. Like the hard way it’s a bit tricker to win but the odds are higher, so the payout is worth it when you do claim a successful one roll beat.
Now you know the craps basics and you want to win at online craps. Well, we can certainly point you in the right direction and help you build your own guide to comfy couch gambling. Once we’ve shown you a few shooter rolls and you understand the house edge, you can keep up your practicing online 24/7. With a bit of experience, we’re pretty sure you’ll love the thrill and excitement of shooting craps all day.
You should familiarise yourself with the pass bet early on. This is the most prominent bet amongst beginners who are learning to find their feet and usually the first type of bet played at the start of the game. When you play a pass bet you place your money on the pass line. If a 7 or an 11 is rolled then you win even money. If a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled then you lose the bet. Should a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 roll up then you get a point. If this happens then the dice are rolled again until the point number rolls up and you win. If a 7 is rolled, however, you lose your bet.
One of the best things about craps is how simple it actually is once you get past the confusing looking table. With each bet relying on the roll of your dice, each round becomes more and more thrilling. Anything can happen in a game of craps!
The come bet starts off the same as a pass bet but the first roll is the come point. If a 7 or 11 rolls up then it’s a win but a 2, 3 or 12 rolling up is a lost bet. If you anything else is rolled before a 7 then you win even money but if the 7 rolls up before the point number, then you lose your bet.
Still with us? It’s easy once you actually get started and see the rolls and bets happen in real time. You’ll soon understand how quick the dice decides your fortune.
The field bet is the simple winner. When you make a field bet then you’re betting that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 roll up and, if you’re right, then it’s a quick and easy win. The place bet is a bit harder to pick but the rewards are great. When you make your place bet, you’re betting on the probability that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will be rolled before a 7. The bets on 6 and 8 pay 7 to 6, bets on 5 and 9 pay 7 to 5, and bets on the 4 and 10 pay 9 to 5. Not sure if you want to make a place bet? Put a don’t place bet on and bet against them all. If a 7 is rolled before any of the other numbers mentioned before then you’re a straightforward winner.
Winning on the 6:8 bet is a bit like the field bet. When you place a 6:8 bet then you are betting that a 6 or an 8 will be rolled. A 6:8 bet pays even money but if you’re looking for a bigger payout then a place bet on either 6 or 8 will pay 7 to 6.
Note: Slots LV does offer craps online and casino bonuses. However, craps play is not counted towards bonus play. Their terms and conditions state: Wagering Contributions – Craps, Percentage Contribution 0%.
* The above “how to play” craps information is copied practically verbatim from the help section of the software – it is not our creation (nor have we rephrased it).
Also: VIDEOS How to Play Craps – Part 1