Online Craps Games
Craps is always one of the most exciting games in a live casino. There are usually crowds standing around the Craps table and people get down right excited during the game. Online, it loses a bit of its crowd appeal, but it is still a very exciting game nonetheless.
For someone who has never played Craps before, scoping a table for the first time can be quite intimidating indeed. There seems to be a lot of different bets that can be made and a lot of different areas of the Craps table. That’s true too.
There are quite a few different bets that can be made on the Craps table. Fortunately, you don’t need to make or even know each bet available to you. Just knowing and betting on the basics can be a blast in itself. We’ll focus on Craps beginner strategy and rules in this article and cover Craps more in-depth at a later time.
Craps is played with two regular dice, numbered 1 through 6 on each one. One important thing is to realize what are the possible numbers that will come up when rolling two dice. Of course, each number has exactly the same probability of coming up on each individual die. However, when combined, the numbers are definitely not all equal.
For instance, each die is as likely to roll a 1 as a 5. However, there is only one way to roll a 2 with two dice. Each die would have to roll 1 at the same time. On the other hand, there are multiple ways to roll a 10 – two 5’s or a 6 and a 4. This means that a 10 is much more likely to come than a 2.
When starting a new game, there are only two possible bets, you can bet on the Pass Line or the Don’t Pass Line (or Don’t Pass Bar). These are the most common bets and are all you really need to know to play Craps, although we will touch on some of the other bets.
The Pass Line is the most popular bet. This is betting on the roller basically. You are betting that the roller will roll a 7 or an 11 on the Come out roll, which is the first roll of a round.. If either 7 or 11 is rolled on the Come out roll, then the Pass Line bet wins automatically.
If a 2, 3, or 12, which is Craps, is rolled, then the Pass Line bet loses. If anything else is rolled, then that number becomes the Point. If the Point is rolled again before rolling a 7, then the Pass Line wins. If a 7 comes first, then the Pass Line bet loses. Once a 7 or the Point is rolled, the round ends and a new one will begin.
So to break down this Pass Line bet, it is quite simple. You are betting that a 7 or 11 is rolled on the Come Out bet. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled, then you want that same number to come up before the next 7 is rolled.
The other bet that may be placed before the Come out roll is the Don’t Pass Line. This is basically the opposite of the Pass Line bet, and if you bet the Don’t Pass Line, you are betting against the roller. This is sometimes referred to as a “wrong bet”, since a Don’t Pass bettor will win when others lose and lose when others win.
On a Don’t Pass bet, if the Come out roll is 2 or 3 you win. If it is a 12, then you push (tie) and if it is a 7 or 11, the Don’t Pass bet loses. Everything else waits for the dice to either hit the Point or a 7. A Don’t Pass bettor wants to see the 7 before the Point.
There are many other bets that may be made on Craps. Once the Come out roll is made, players may buy the odds or lay the odds, which are opposing bets to each other. They are basically additional bets on whether the Point will be rolled again before a 7 or not. They can pay better odds than the Pass/ Don’t Pass bet, which always pays 1 to 1. The Odds bets can pay up to 2 to 1, depending on the Point, since some Points are less likely to come up than others.
The Come bet is another very common bet. This can only be placed after the Come out roll, and basically plays exactly the same as the Pass Line, except with new numbers. For instance, if the Come out roll is a 6, and then you make a Come bet, if the next number is 7 or 11, you win.
If it is a Point number, then that is your new Point and you want to hit that before a 7 comes up again. If the original Point is made before the Come bet Point, then the new Come out roll will continue as a normal roll for the Come bettor, not as a Come out roll.
Craps is a lot of fun and with so many different bets to play and so much strategy to study it can stay fresh for a long time. If you are just learning the game, stick with the Pass/ Don’t Pass bets and then move to the Come bet.
These are the easiest to learn and once you master these bets you can learn about some of the other bets. Another great thing to do is to play for free while learning. Bovada Casino offersgreat Craps games that let you play for free or for real money.
One of the main rules in gambling holds very true to Craps: If you don’t understand the bet, don’t make it. Stick to the basics before learning the more advanced bets and strategies and before you know it you will feel confident at any Craps table, both online and at your favorite live casino.