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Craps Casino Dice Game Guide and Strategy

Craps Casino Dice Game Guide and Strategy

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Craps is a casino table game which can appear to look confusing and difficult to get your head around however, with a guide like this one Craps becomes a lot more simple. In this guide you will discover how to play Craps, learn the different strategies and understand the terminology behind the casino game.

How To play Craps

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Craps is a table game which is played using dice and chips. Players make wagers on the outcome of either; pair per dice, the end result of a roll or the outcome of a series of rolls which are displayed on the fabric table surface.

The different bet styles can be found below.

Multi Roll Bets

Multi Roll Bets are bets which involve wagers which are settled after the dice has been rolled a couple times, until the players who have placed the bets decide to remove their bets. Multi Roll bets will remain until either a 7 is rolled or until your number has rolled.

Multi Roll bets are wagered on Place numbers which consist of 4,5,6,7,9 and 10. Some of the bets which make up Multi Roll Bets include: Hard Way Bets, Big 6 or Big 8, Buy Bets and Lay Bets. Further information can be found below about the mentioned bets.

Come out Roll

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The “Come out Roll” is the first roll of the dice, which starts the opening of the game. It can also refer to the following roll of the dice after a decision with respect to a “Pass Bet” or “Don’t Pass Bet”.

Come out Point

If the Shooter throws a total of 10, 9, 8, 6, 5, or 4 on the “Come out Roll” this is known as the “Come out Point”.

Come Bets

At any point after the “Come Out Roll” players can place a bet on the “Come Bet”. This is similar to the “Pass Bet” with the exception it can be made at any point and the bet made will count as a Come out roll for the Come bet.

The House Edge is 1.41% just like in the “Pass Bet”.

Don’t Come

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These ``Bets” are essentially the same as a “Don’t Pass Bet” with the exception it can be made on any roll excluding the “Come Out Roll”. Placing this type of wager is like the reverse of the “Come Line”.

Here players win on a 2 or 3 and lose on a 7 and 11. The House Edge here is 1.36%.

If a 12 is rolled this is known as a Standoff.

Pass Line

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  • Winning numbers: (7*), 11
  • Losing numbers: 2, 3, (7*),12
  • Reroll (Point) Numbers: 4, 5 ,6, 8, 9, 10
  • 7s : If your Point rolls before 7, the player will win. A 7 rolling before your Point will result in the player losing which is also known as Seven Out.

The Pass Line Bet is the underlying bet which most players will opt to bet on and is placed immediately before a Come Out roll. Pass line bets are made along the edge of the table and the House Edge is 1.41%.

On a “Come Out Roll” a 7 or 11 landing is a win, whereas, a 2,3, or 12 is a loss. Any other number rolling (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) is known as a “Point”. The shooter will reroll the dice, if your “Point” rolls before 7, the player will win. A 7 rolling before your “Point” will result in the player losing which is also known as “Seven Out”.

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The image above displays in the most simplest form how a Pass line bet functions.

Don’t Pass Line

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  • Winning numbers: 2, 3
  • Losing numbers:7, 11
  • Reroll (Point) Numbers: 4, 5 ,6, 8, 9, 10
  • 7s : If your Point rolls before 7, the player will win. A 7 rolling before your Point will result in the player losing which is also known as Seven Out.

These bets are the opposite of a Pass Line bet. On a Come out roll landing a 2 or 3 will count as a win, 7 or 11 will result in a loss and 12 is a StandOff.

Rolling a 10, 9, 8, 6, 5, or 4 will count as a “Point” and players will place bets that a 7 will be rolled before the point. Any bets must be placed before the Come Out roll has been made, however this can be decreased or removed after a Point has been made.

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The House Edge is 1.36% which is 0.05% less than the percentage on the Pass bet.

Odd Bets

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Odd bets are made with no House Edge, which is one aspect that makes Craps unique.. Odd bets are made by placing them behind your Pass line bet. Players can make an additional side bet after the Point has been established in a pass line bet.

During this kind of bet the Odds will pay;

  • 2 - 1 on points of 4 and 10
  • 3 - 2 on points of 5 and 9
  • 6 - 5 on points of 6 and 8.

Place Bets and Buy Bets

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Place Bets

Place bets are similar to Odd bets with the exception that you do not have to make a Come or Pass bet first. Place bets also offer different variations in house edge as you can see below;

  • Bets on 4 and 10 pay 9 - 5 with a house edge of 6.67%
  • Bets on 5 and 9 pay 7 - 5 with a house edge of 4.00%
  • Bets on 6 and 8 pay 7 - 6 with a house edge of 1.52%

Players can place bets on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 at any point to win with the aim that your number rolls in before a 7. If your number appears before a 7 you, the player will win, or vice versa.

Buy Bets

Buy Bets are denoted by a Buy button and are inactive during the Come Out roll unless called “on”. The Buy bet is the same as a Place bet with the exception that players are required to pay a 5% commission.

Field Bets

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  • Field bets: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Pay Double: 2, 12
  • Pay Even: 5, 6, 7, 8

Field bets can be made at any time and are a one-roll wager also known as “self-service”. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12 make up the Field bets. 2 and 12 pay double (2:1 or 3:1) and all remaining numbers pay even money (1:1).

Whereas other bets placed are handled by the dealer, Field bets are placed directly in the field area from the player themself. As a result, players are responsible for collecting their bet and winnings immediately upon the payout before the next dice is rolled. If the bet or winnings are not collected before the next dice roll it the payout will “ride” through to the next round.

Lays

Lays bets are an additional wager which can support a Don’t Pass Line or Don’t Come Bet. The Lay bet can be made or removed at any point before a Come Out roll if made to support a Don’t Pass Line or Don’t Come Bet.

Placing a Lays Bet on a 4 or 10 provides players with a maximum win exposure worth up to 20x the original wager placed on the Don’t Come or Don’t Pass Line bet, however they have to lay 2 to win 1.

Placing a Lays Bet on a 5 or 9 again provides players with a maximum win exposure worth up to 20x the original wager placed on Don’t Come or Don’t Pass Line bet. However they have to lay 3 to win 2.

If a Lays bet is placed on a 6 or 8, players have to lay 6 to win 5. Again these bets provide players with a maximum win exposure worth up to 20x the original wager placed on Don’t Come or Don’t Pass Line bet.

Lay Bets

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To make a Lay bet players are required to pay a 5% commission, based on the end result of what you can win. Lay bets can be made at any time and bet against 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.

Hop Bets / One Roll bets

Hop bets or Proposition Bets are one-roll bets where the dealer will place any Proposition Bets in the centre of the table with the exception of Hard Ways. Any winnings generated from these bets will be paid on the following rolling excluding the Hard Ways.

The table below displays the odds for a Proposition Payout.

odds for a Proposition Payout

C&E bets are a combination of craps bets, which means players are wagering that the dealer will roll a 2, 3, 12 or 11. Hitting one of these numbers will result in the player winning. These bets have a total overall house edge of 11.11%.

There are 11 kinds of Proposition Bets which can be made. See the table below for further information.

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Build your Vocabulary!

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Learn the different terminology for each outcome of a roll in Craps.

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Online Craps vs Offline Craps

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Depending on whether you play Craps online or offline you will find some slight differences between the two.

The first big difference between the two is that Craps played online is played with other players and a dealer, whereas, craps offline is played against in a virtual casino.

Another difference you will notice between the two is how the dice are played. Online the dice are rolled by a live dealer unlike offline where the dice are rolled via simulation. Although the dice offline are rolled via a simulation, the simulation is operated by a RNG (Random Number Generator) to keep the outcome of the dice real.

FAQ

Q1: Is the outcome of the dice rigged at a live casino? A1: No. The outcomes of the dice are not rigged and the dice are thrown and displayed by a deal on the table in front of the players.

Q2: Are Craps games offline rigged? A2: As the dice are rolled via a stimulation, this is operated by a RNG (Random Number Generator) which means it generates a sequence of numbers that can not be predicted and the numbers are selected by chance.

Q3. Can I play Craps online with demo money? A3: Craps can only be played with demo money offline.

Q4: How do I know if Craps is rigged? A4: The safest way to play Craps to ensure the game is not rigged is by playing at a well established and trusty casino which is licensed and regulated.

Q5. Is there a winning strategy for Craps? Although there is no set strategy to Craps, placing bets that minimize the house edge provide players with better odds to land. The lower the house edge, the better the odds are of winning.

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