How to play Dice (Craps)
There are three main rules in when learning to play Dice. The game odds my appear to be complicated, but the game itself is relatively simple and does not take long to learn.
The betting starts with the “Come-Out Roll” and your first bet is placed on the Front Line or Pass Line. This is the first term beginners need to learn and add to their vocabulary. The Come-Out Roll is the first roll of the dice or the first one after the previous betting round has finished.
The Player who throws the dice is called the “Shooter”. A game of Dice plays as follows: you, the “Shooter”, pick two dice (from a set of five) and throw them down the craps table.
Once the number rolled there are three possible outcomes:
A ‘Natural’ means that the result of your roll is a 7 or 11. When this happens, you win and get to roll the dice again.
You roll a 2 (Snake Eyes), 3, or 12 – you don’t win on the front line and those bets come down, but the round is not over, and you get to roll again.
If you roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 the Dealer will mark your Point (the rolled number) on the table.
Here is when the fun really starts! What you need to do now is to roll the dice once more and hope you’ll hit the same number again. It doesn’t have to be the same combination of dice as you had before. As long as it’s the same sum – you win.
The number 7 is not a very lucky one in this case since if you roll a 7, the game finishes and the Dealer will call “Seven Out”, all bets will be taken down, the dice are passed to the next Shooter and a new round begins.
Once you learn this part by heart, you can move on to all the other betting options and that’s the real fun part, because that’s where you win a lot.
Now that you know how to shoot craps and how to evaluate the result of your roll, let’s have a look at how to bet in a game of craps.
If you take a look at the craps table, you will see that it’s not only dice and numbers.
The layout has a handful of areas for different betting options.
Pass or Don’t Pass Bets
First, you can bet either on the ‘Pass Line’ or the ‘Don’t Pass Line’.
The Pass Line bet means you bet that the Shooter will pass (win) by rolling out a natural or by winning the point before a 7 Out.
The Don’t Pass Line corresponds to the opposite bet. In this case, you bet that the Shooter will not pass (lose). It can happen if the player shoots a 2 or 3, or fails to roll the point again before a 7 Out.
Should a 12 be rolled now, your bet is a Push – meaning nothing happens. You don’t win, but you don’t lose either.
You can make these bets only before the point (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) has been established on the table.
Once the point has been established and the Shooter needs to roll the sum again, you can make a “Come” or “Don’t Come” bet.
Come or Don’t Come Bets
These bets can only be made after the point has been determined.
The Come Bet wins if a natural is rolled out (7 or 11) and bets are taken down if the craps (2,3 or 12) are rolled.
If the point is rolled out, it becomes the Come-Bet point.
It works just like the Pass line one: if the come-bet point rolls out again before a 7, you win.
The “Don’t Come” bet is just like the Don’t pass one. Meaning that you’re in luck if the Shooter rolls a 2 or 3 and not so much if it’s a 7 or 11. Rolling a 12 is a push.
Once the point is made, you should hope for 7 before the Shooter rolls out the point again.
Neither Pass nor Come bets can be turned off. You bet and wait until it plays itself out. But you can make additional bets on the come-bet point, too. And those you can withhold or increase at any time.
Proposition Bets in Craps
These are one-roll bets (with one exception, as you can see in the table below) that you can place on any roll.
The exception mentioned are the “Hard ways”. In this case, you win if you roll a 4, 6, 8, or 10 with the pair of same numbers (a pair od 2’s, 3’s, 4’s or 5’s) before any other combination that makes that sum or a 7
Other Possible Bets in a Game of Craps
Place Bets: Once you know the point, you can bet on any number on the table and win if it’s rolled out before a 7.
Field Bets: This type of bet is only active for one dice roll. You win if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled. Bets come down on a 5, 6, 7, or 8.
Big 6 and Big 8 bets: If you want to bet that 6 or 8 will be rolled before 7, These are the two bets for you. These bets pay 1:1 (even money)
That’s all there is to it. If you have any questions our staff are always ready to help. Good shooting and fun.