How to Play Craps

Craps is an extremely popular table game found in both land based casinos and online casinos. The game provokes many emotions from all players, whether they are shouts of joy or screams of anger. The emotions arising from the craps players can be heard around the room of most casinos, which provokes new players to engage constantly.

Craps is a game which uses sets of dice. Each player makes wages on the outcome of the rolls of these dice. Wages are usually bet against the bank, or the person running the craps table. However, in less formal craps the players may bet on each other. Walking up to the craps table and watching the players throw their dice may have you a bit confused. Truth is the game looks a lot harder than it really is. Basic craps playing is actually incredibly easy. The most important bet you need to be aware of is pass line.

So what exactly is a passline bet? Well, the passline bet is probably the simplest bet that can be played on a table. You begin your bet by placing the amount you wish to bet before a new player, or shooter, rolls his first dice. The first roll from a new shooter is known as the outcome roll. If the shooters dice land on a 7 or 11, then you win. However, if the shooters dice come out to be a 2, 3, or 12, you automatically lose. If the player turns round a number other than the 5 listed above, it is considered a point number. The shooter must roll the point number before a 7 occurs. If they do so, you will win even money for your bet. However, if they roll a 7, then you will lose.

Once you become familiar with the passline bet, then you may want to engage in a bet of odds. This is made after the point number is established. In most casinos, odds bet are allowed to be double the amount of the passline bet. So if your passline bet is 5 dollars, than your odds bet can be as high as 10. Odds are paid like this: If the number is a 4 or 10, then you are paid 2 to 1. If the number is 5 or 9, then you are paid 3 to 2. And lastly, if the number is 8 or 6, then you are paid between 5 and six.

There are over 40 bets that can be made on a craps table. However, most of these bets offer terrible odds to the player and should be avoided completely. If you have mastered the two bets listed above and are looking to add knowledge to your craps playing, finding a free class at a land casino or online casino may be your best bet. If a class is not your thing, then taking the time to learn everything on your own may be a rewarding and fun experience. Don’t be afraid of the craps table, get out there and play.


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