If you’re a dice man (or woman), craps just may be your game. Like slots and roulette, craps is a game of chance and can be found at just about every online casino. Players bet on the outcome of the roll of the dice and you can win a lot of fast money if you get on a hot streak.

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The object of the game is to roll a 7 or 11 as the shooter (the person rolling the dice). If you roll a 2, 3 or 12, you “crap out” or lose automatically. If you roll any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), you get to keep rolling until you roll that number again, which is called the “pass-line point.” If that happens, the goal is to avoid rolling a 7 on any of the next rolls.

To win, you have to match the pass-line point before a 7 comes up. For example, if you first roll a 5, you keep rolling until you hit a 5 again, and if you roll a 7 before a 5 comes up, you lose. The other players bet either that you match your pass-line point or that you won’t. Some players bet with the shooter but it’s frowned upon to bet against the shooter, especially if they’re on a hot streak.

A lot of staff is required for craps because it needs monitoring for all the action going on. Typically, there are four people monitoring the game: the “boxman” responsible for overseeing the game and resolving disputes, two dealers for each side of the table who take bets, and the “stickman” who delivers the dice to the shooter and calls out rolls and betting options. Player rotate turns as the shooter but are free to pass up a roll. Usually, the stickman offers five dice and the shooter picks out two to play with.

The first roll is the “come-out” roll. If a 7 or 11 are rolled, the shooter and those who bet with them win even money and then a new round of play starts. That’s why you see people screaming and jumping with joy when someone is on a hot streak of 7 or 11. It’s because everyone is winning. If the come-out roll is a 2, 3 or 12, the shooter and those who be with them lose and the dice is passed. If the come-out roll is a “point” (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), then players bet on if the shooter will roll that point again before rolling a 7. This is called a “pass line” bet. If the point is made, the shooter can keep rolling for a point again or pass the dice.

A “don’t pass” bet is essentially betting against the shooter. Don’t pass bets lose if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 in the come-out roll and win if the shooter craps out with a 2 or 3. If the shooter rolls a 12, in some cases it is a draw and in some cases, the don’t pass bet wins. It depends on the casino rules. The don’t pass bet wins if the shooter rolls a 7 (to “seven out”) before rolling their point and it loses if the shooter rolls their point and does not seven out. Betting on don’t pass is often considered in poor taste or even a faux pas, especially if the shooter is on a hot streak.

Another type of line bet is a “come bet.” A come bet is similar to a line bet. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 in the come-out roll, it wins, and it loses if the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12. However, if the shooter rolls any other number, the player can place a come bet on that number. When that happens, the base dealer will move the bet onto the box representing that number. The player then places odds on the bet. As with a line bet, the come bet loses if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling that number again and the come bet wins if the shooter rolls the number before rolling a 7.

On the contrary, the “don’t come” bets against the shooter but wins if the shooter rolls a 2 or 3 in the opening round. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, the come bet loses. If the shooter rolls a 12, it is a standoff and the player who placed the come bet has the option of revoking their bet. If the shooter rolls a different number, the player can place a wager on the don’t come box for that number. The player then wins if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling that number and loses if they roll that number before rolling a 7.

The odds of any number coming up in craps are 1 in 36 and the odds of a 7 or 11 are 22%. A crap out has an 11% chance of occurring. The house edge on most bets is only 1.5%, making craps one of the most enticing deals.

Online vs. Land-based

If you don’t care about the social aspect of craps, playing online is a good option. This is because there are less distractions, less peer pressure, less noise and all the elbow room you want. Playing online allows you to focus all your attention on the game at hand. Also, you have tons of gambling information on the internet at your disposal like what is listed here. Yes, you won’t get the same atmosphere of a real casino but gaming software is becoming more and more advanced to resemble the lights and sounds of a land-based casino. Many Instant Play casinos offer free games for practice before you decide to play with real money. This isn’t available at land-based casinos since those tables aren’t profitable. The rules are the same at both, just less interaction with a simple click for a roll. A random number generator is used for online craps in sa so it’s important to find a trusted and licensed online casino. However, since there is less peer pressure, you can make any bet you want to without being ostracized by the rest of the table. For example, making a don’t pass bet is considered bad form in a land-based casino since you’re betting against the shooter, but it doesn’t matter online.

Top Tips

  • Pick a table that has a minimum in your price range.
  • The bets with the lowest house advantage of around 1.5% are the pass line bets and a 6 or an 8.
  • Don’t get tempted by the proposition bets (that a roll will occur on the next throw) in the middle of the layout. Those are the house bets and have as much as a 16% house edge.
  • The best option following a come out roll is the odds bet (zero house advantage) because you can place one more bet that’s a multiple of your pass line bet; 2x is the most common multiple offered.
  • Try to avoid a “Big 6” (rolling a 6 before a 7) and “Big 8” (rolling an 8 before a 7), which each have a 9.1% house advantage, or a “Hard 4” (rolling a pair of twos) and “Hard 10” (rolling a pair fives), which each have over an 11% house advantage.