How to Bet on Craps

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How to Bet on Craps | Craps Betting

How to Bet on Craps | Craps Betting

It is very easy to locate the table where craps is being played even in a greatly crowded casino, provided the dice is hot. All you need to do is follow the screams and shouts of the game enthusiasts. Craps is a game of camaraderie where everyone can win together.  Of all the casino games, craps is the fastest moving. In addition, craps players are accustomed to having several bets working at once. This obviously translates into a greater requirement of the bankroll. Craps also has some of the best wagering options on the table.

Basic details of Craps

The craps table can look a little intimidating to a novice. However, to be true, the game is much easier than it looks. The craps table is a big table with a double layout with a bunch of numbers and never before seen faces, with over 20 players and 4 staff at any given point of time. At one side of the table, usually closest to the pit, in the center is the boxman. He supervises the game, handles, and stashes away all the cash. Standing right opposite him is the stickman who pushes the dice around using a stick. He controls the tempo of the game, announces results, works with the dice and urges players to be decisive. Near the stickman are two dealers who manage all the bets, pay the winners and collect the money from losers. Surrounding them are the players.

Once you reach the table, you need to examine it well before you start playing. All around the table is a “pass” line. This is for betters who are on the side of the shooter. A less conspicuous “Don’t pass” bar is for players who are gutsy enough to bet against the shooter.

Between the boxman and the stickman is the area for proposition. That is where you would be wagering for one specific roll. In front of the players is an area that is known as the “field.” This is for one roll bets that one of the seven numbers (2,3,4,10,11,12) will come up next. The boxes reading 4,5,six,8,nine and 10 are for “place” or “buy” bets that before the next 7, the chosen number will be rolled. The reason six and nine are spelled out on the table is to avoid any confusion for players in reading numbers with similar shape.

In the corners on either end are boxes marked Big 8 and Big 6, bets that a six or 8 will come up before a 7.

How to bet on Craps

It is important to place a bet before the come-out roll. A shooter’s first roll of any turn is called the come-out roll. At the start of a round of craps, a button with the word “OFF” written on it is on the table and is not near any of the points. This means that no point has been determined. The shooter has to place a bet on the “don’t pass” line for the game to begin. Anyone else at the table can also choose to place a bet on the “don’t pass” line at this time. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, on the come-out roll, the pass line wins even money while the don’ts lose money. If the shooter comes out with a 2,3 or 12, this is craps. Everyone loses their pass line bets and wins their don’ts pass bets. If the shooter rolls out any other number, this number becomes a point.

If the shooter establishes a point by rolling a 4,5, six, 8, nine or 10, all bets on the ‘don’t pass line’ remain there. No additional bets are required to be made to play the point. The dealer will take the button and place it on the number, which now is the point. The button is now flipped to the “ON” side.

The ‘don’t pass line’ bet has fairly good odds and is simple to play. Once the shooter has established a point, you can place an additional bet behind the pass line. This is the odds bet and can be played only if you are playing the ‘don’t pass line’ too. An additional bet on the point is the odds bet, so that in case the shooter hits his point, you will win both your don’t pass bet and the odds bet.

After a point has been established, you can even place a ‘don’t come’ bet in addition to your ‘don’t pass’ bet line bet. A ‘don’t come’ bet is placed by putting your bet on the don’t come space. When you place a ‘don’t come bet’, the next roll that the shooter throws will be your own come-out roll, with the same rules for a regular come-out roll.

Once you have your basics right having played a couple of games convincingly, try to graduate to a level higher to field bets. They do not have to wait for the come-out; they may be placed before any roll by placing a chip in the field area. So, go ahead and take a plunge.


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