Craps became popular among players after WWII mainly due to its simplicity and the ease with which it could be adapted to different platforms. People have played craps on the ground and on blankets. In casinos, it is a table game.
Its adaptation by online casinos contributed to its general acceptance by the gambling community. The use of cryptocurrencies to play ensured that punters within the cryptosphere were not let out.
In this post, we shall learn how to start playing the game, even if you’re a beginner. It is a good idea to read through it before your first game.
Craps is a game in which two dice are rolled while the players bet on possible outcomes. These are mainly focused on if a certain value would be exceeded or not reached. Bets and their payouts are dependent on the casinos even though their variations are not not pronounced.
In a physical casino, the players take turns in rolling the dice, but online games such as those played with digital currencies usually have a single player playing with the software. However, there are live dealer games in which the player can play with other players. The person that rolls the dice is the shooter.
Some of the rules of Craps is that the two dice must be thrown at the same time. If one dice is rolled, the roll wouldn’t count. In a physical casino, the shooter is presented with up to five dice from which they choose two. The come out roll must reach the edge of the table wall. The dice must not be dropped.
It is important to understand that even though craps is well received in physical casinos, it is not as popular online. So you have to be conversant with its rules to have an edge during play. You also need not be confused by the basic terms that are associated with craps. Another reason that you may feel intimidated by this game is the seeming complication of its table. You would have noticed the several sections with markings on them.
When the first dice is rolled, it is called the come out roll. It is simply the initial roll of the round when playing craps. At the end of one round, the next round commences with another come out roll. That is after the bets of the previous round had been settled.
If you’re playing craps online, you commence the come out roll by pressing a “ROLL”button. The game would display the winning number which has one of several outcomes. The outcome would either be a Natural, Craps or Point.
A Natural is simply when the combined value of the two dice gives you a total of 7 or 11. This is the best outcome that you should expect when you roll the dice in craps. This means a 6 and 1, 2 and 5, 3 and 4, 5 and 6 give you the natural in craps. If you rolled a natural, you’re entitled to roll again even though you have won the bet.
Bear in mind that aside from in Natural, all rounds in Craps end with a 7.
Craps also known as Snake Eye means that you lost the best. In a Craps roll, your result is 2, 3 or 12. That is a roll resulting in a total of any of these numbers is a losing roll for your bet. 2 means that each dice returned a value of 1. 3 is when one deuce returns 1 and the second 2. 12 is any roll that gives you 6 on each dice. Even with Snake Eye, you’re entitled to another roll even though you lost your come out roll.
Now count 4…5…6…8…9…10. You’ll notice that these numbers are possible outcomes that we have not yet dealt with. These are significant in craps. In a real block and mortar casino, the dealer marks your point. You then roll again hoping to get the same score as the come out roll.
If you are playing online, you’ll see a button that indicates that you’re still “On”. You should proceed to roll again, hoping that the subsequent roll equals the one that gave you the Point. If the sum of the two dice in the second roll equals their sum in the come out roll, you win.
A close look at the craps table whether online or off would show you that it’s not just the dice and a roll, the table is also marked with numbers. What may be obvious is the Point numbers that we have already explained. A close look would show you the “Pass Line” and “Don’t Pass Bar”. We shall explain these in a moment.
Pass Line Bet
You remember the two favorite ways of winning – the Natural and by Point? In the Pass Line bet, you are wagering that the shooter would win through any of these ways when they start rolling the dice.
Don’t Pass Line
This is the bet that you place when you do not believe that the shooter would win. It is the opposite of the Pass Line. You’re actually saying that the shooter would end up losing by returning 2 or 3.
In this instance a 12 is called a “Push”. It means that the shooter did not win, nor did they lose.
All these bats must be made before the shooter rolls the dice. After the dice has been rolled in the come out roll, the only bets that could be made are the Come bet or Don’t Come bet.
Come Bets are made after a point has been determined. The Come bet wins if a Natural results from the roll. It loses if Craps result.
For the Don’t Come Bet, the shooter would have to roll 2 or 3 for the bet to win. 12 here is a Push meaning that there is neither a win nor a loss.
There are other types of bets that the player could make in craps. These are proposition bets. Here are some of them:
Any Seven-This bet wins if a sum of a roll is 7
Any Craps – This is 2, 3 or 12
Ace Deuce – Results in win if 3 is rolled
Aces – In aces, 2 gives you a win
Boxcars – You’re wagering on 12. If it is the outcome, you win.
Horn – 2,3,11,12 outcome gives the punter a win.
Big 6 and Big 8 – You’re betting that a 6 and an 8 would be rolled before the round ends as usual with a 7.
Field Bet – This is a one roll bet. Any of 2,3,4,9,10,11,12 give you a win. 5,6,7,8 result in a loss.
Place Bet – Gives you liberty to bet on any outcome. If it results, you win.
The advantage of playing craps is that it has a low house edge of 1.41%. It is a game that is worth your while.