How To Play Craps
As a new player looking at the craps table might be confusing as there are a lot of betting options. This can put off a lot of players but learning to play craps is quite simple and in our opinion is easier than learning some other casino games that require correct strategy such as blackjack.
The trick to getting started is to learn a couple of the basic bets and how the game progresses. Once you have the basics mastered you can have a look at the other betting options and decide if you want to make additional bets. The great news is that the two most common bets have some of the lowest house edges in the casino.
Finding a Craps Table
In a busy casino the easiest way to find a craps table is to look for the noisiest section on the casino floor. Crap games are usually accompanies by load cheering and shouting as players win. If the casino is not too busy just ask a casino staff member to point you in the right direction.
If you are plying on the Internet then you simply have to look in the casino games menu for the craps tables and select the game to open it.
The Order of Play
All crap games follow a set order of play. Each round starts with the come out roll and continues until a seven is rolled. If you have never played before you might want to watch a game or two before you start. A simplified order of play is as follows.
- Bet's are placed
- A shooter rolls the Come Out Roll
- If a 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 is rolled the round ends
- If the round ends winning bets are paid
- If a 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled the point is established
- The shooter now rolls again
- If the point is rolled the round ends and wins are paid
- If the shooter rolls a 7 the round ends
Your First Bet at the Craps Table
When you are new to craps you should focus on just two bets. The Pass Line Bet and the Odds Bet. You place the Pass Line bet by placing a chip on the Pass Line section of the table. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you win even money. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12 you lose.
The Odds Bet great choice as it has no house edge! To make an odds bet you must first place a Pass Line bet on the come out roll. If a point is established you then place another bet below your Pass Line Bet. The amount you can bet is determined by the casino but most offer double odds which means you can bet double your Pass Line Bet.
The Odds Bet wins if the pint is rolled before a 7. The amount you win depends on the point. Typical pay outs are as follows. If the point is 4 or 10 you win 2 to 1. If the point is 5 or 9 you win 3 to 2 and if the point is 6 or 8 you win 6 to 5.
One of the best things about learning to play craps using the two bets listed above is that you are keeping the house edge low. The Pass Line bet has a house edge of around 1.4% and the Odds Bet has no house edge at all. Compare this to other games and you will find that the craps table offers some of the best chances of winning in the casino.