Craps Strategy, rules and tips

Seen all the time in movies featuring casinos, craps is a game that at first glance seems rather complicated. In truth, the game does have a few rules that take time to learn and understand, but for those willing to take the time to learn and play out a few strategies, the game is both interesting and rewarding. People have brought to light a number of theories about where and when the game originated, and most seem to agree that is dates back thousands of years, back to the times in which people would bet on throwing bones. Of course, even now some refer to craps as ‘bones’ and this could be the reason.

A quick lesson in the rules of craps

The craps table at a land-based casino craps looks somewhat like a bathtub. If you take a close look at it though, you’ll notice that the inside of it is lined with green felt and there are numbers, lines and colours. Additionally, there is a pair of dice that are used to play the game. Now, if you were to watch a game, you might find yourself wondering what people were referring to when they cried out ‘snake eyes’ or ‘seven’s out’. These are commonly used slang words used to refer to what is happening once the dice have been rolled and land on the table. While this terminology is not that important, especially if you are playing online where there are no other players, it could be helpful to you to know the terms in the future.

Craps is played with a pair of dice and there are 36 possible combinations that could come up once those dice are thrown. 11 possible numbers can appear, with 7 being the number that usually comes up the most. The player, also referred to as a shooter, has to roll the dice in an attempt to get a number of combinations. The first time the shooter throws those dice is referred to as a ‘come out’ roll. If the shooter gets a 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12, he or she can make another come out roll. However, should he or she roll any of the other numbers available, a ‘point’ is established and the come out roll is over.

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Placing your bets when playing craps

Betting in craps is the only thing you will need to worry about when you play online. There is no real need to learn when your turn is over or when you can roll again because online casinos have built-in programmes that will give you that information. However, betting is really up to you. The first betting option you need to take note of when you play the game is the ‘pass’. A pass bet is placed before the come out roll and if the shooter rolls either a 7 or an 11 on the come out roll, the pass bets will win. However, if the shooter rolls a 12, 3 or 2, the pass bets lose. For all other numbers rolled, the total that appears on the dice is called the ‘point’. The shooter then has to roll the dice again and if he or she rolls the ‘point’ number, all of the pass bets will win. However, if the shooter rolls a 7, pass bets all lose.

Another bet you can make is an odds bet, in which players have the option of making a side bet. In this side bet, the bet on the odds of a point being rolled before the shooter rolls a 7. The odds of winning this type of bet are not that great, which is why most casinos will pay at a ratio of 2:1 if this happens.

Players can also bet on the ‘don’t pass’ line. This type of bet has house edge of 1.36% and players who bet on this line will experience the exact opposite of what they do on the pass line. In simple terms, this means that if you make this type of bet, you will win when most people lose, and lose when most people win. While in online casinos you can bet in any way you want to, the experts recommend that you don’t play this kind of bet in a land-based casino, as it changes everyone else’s odds and will make you rather unpopular.

Next, you can make a ‘come’ bet. This type of bet is the same as a pass but you don’t have to wait for the come out roll to place it. It’s opposite, a ‘don’t come’ bet is, you guessed it, the same as a don’t pass bet but again, there is no need to wait for the come out roll. Finally, you can also make either place or field bets. Place bets are kind of similar to playing the odds but you can play at any time while field bets are classified as bets you make that the dice will have any total except 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.

Strategically speaking, how do you win?

While there is no guaranteed strategy that will ensure you win every time, a number of experts and professional craps players make recommendations that could increase your chances of getting a good payout. Of course, this means you need to have a betting strategy as there is no way to control the dice. A good betting strategy comprises ways of limiting how much you learn, and using the rules of craps in your favour.

The first strategy that the experts recommend is not to be reckless with your money. You will, at some point, be tempted to put all of your money on one bet, or at least a good chunk of it, but resist that urge. These types of bets generally don’t work out and could result in your game being over when it’s barely begun. Also, don’t use the doubling strategy. This strategy calls for players to double their bets every time they lose. While this could work for you in a game like blackjack, it is a surefire way to lose it all in craps.

The next strategy to try is the ‘odds strategy’. This is a rather drastic one, we’ll admit, but it seems to work quite well for those who use it. This strategy dictates that you always take an odds bet, which is the best paying bet in a casino. Be forewarned though that different casinos have different payouts for this bet. If you’re not a big risk taker, you can also bet on the pass line and then follow it up with a place bet. This doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 100% of the time, but it does lower the house edge.

The best possible strategy when it comes to the game of craps is… well, your own strategy. Everyone plays for different reasons and has a style that is most suited to themselves. This is true for you too and when you play, you need to form your own strategy that makes the game more fun and more profitable for you. To form this strategy, it is recommended that you play at the free-to-play, practice version of the game as often as you can, which will give you the opportunity to learn as you go.