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Craps Rules

Craps is a two dice game with a layout table for the bets.  It is one of the more enjoyable table games as you are going to find a lot of shouting or hopeful voices when the dice are being rolled.  This is a game of chance that is placed on the dice.  You are going to find there are special rules for when you can bet and how you can bet.  You will also discover the dice are made of cellulose and inspected after a certain number of plays.  After 8 hours in use the dice will be removed.  This helps to keep cheating from happening as well as making sure the dice don’t get too worn.  The dice must also be handled in a specific way or you will lose your ability to be the shooter at the table.

You can only have the dice in one hand when you scatter them on the table.  The dice must also hit the wall on the other end of the table from where you stand.  If the dice is thrown off the table the casino employee must inspect the dice and may ask for a new set before play can resume.

In craps there is only one shooter at a time.  The players at the table, of which there can be twenty, will be the ones betting on the dice.  You don’t have to be a shooter to have fun, but you get a little added benefit of being the shooter and wagering when given the chance.  There are many bets to be placed in this game.  You also have several employees who will be watching the table.

The Play:

  • The first roll is called a come out roll.  This is the first type of wager you can place.  The come out roll starts the play and allows the shooter to keep the dice only if the shooter is able to make point.  If the shooter doesn’t make point the dice will pass to the next person.  The new shooter is the player on the left of the original shooter.

  • The shooter will throw the dice across the table that is divided into different bets.  There are technically three areas to bet.  You have two outside and a center betting area.  The table is symmetrical in design so you have the Pass, Don’t Pass, Don’t Come and Come bets on one side that mirrors the other side.  You also have the odds, place and field bets on the side.  The center contains the proposition bets.

  • A pass bet is available when the come out roll offers a 7 or 11.  You will lose this bet when the dice is a 2, 3, or 12. 

  • Don’t pass or don’t come will be a loss if a 7 or 11 is rolled.  Instead to win you need the 2 or 3.

  • The tie happens if a 12 is rolled.

The following information is a description of the bets you can place.

  • Pass Line Bet: If the first roll has a 7 or 11 you will win.  If a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled you lose.  You can continue to place this bet and state that point will be made before another 7 is rolled.  If a seven is rolled before the point then you lose.
  • Odds on Pass Line Bet: When a point is made you can place odds.  The odds will differ for the type of point that has been rolled.  We will show those options below:
      1. 4 or 10 is 2 to 1
      2. 5 or 9 is 3 to 1
      3. 6 or 9 is 6 to 5
  • Come Bet: You will discover the same rules will apply to this bet as the Pass line bet.  The wager cannot be placed until the point has been made.  Then you will bet that a seven will be rolled secondary to the next point.  In other words you must make point again before a seven is rolled or you lose.

  • Odds on Come Bet: This is the odds on pass line for the come bet.  The information is the same as above.

  • Don't Pass Line Bet: Opposite of the Pass bet.  You must get a 2 or 3 to win and the 12 is a tie.  You also must make point.  Once you have made point a seven must be rolled before the point is made again or you lose.

  • Don't Come Bet: Again you have the opposite of the Come wager.  The same directions apply in that you need the come out roll before you can place the wager.

  • Place Bets: The point must be made before placing this bet.  You will then place your bet on a particular number before the 7 is rolled.  If that number comes up then you win.  You get a different pay out depending on the number you say will appear.  See the below information.
      1. 4 or 10 pays 9 to 5.
      2. 5, 6, or 8 pays 7 to 6.
  • Field Bets:  This is a one shot dice roll where the other bets can be left until you either win or lose.  In this wager you are betting that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will be rolled.  If the other options come up first you will lose the wager.  You have either 2 to 1 or 3 to1 payout depending on the number.  There is also even money for any number that is not 2 or 12.

  • Big Six, Big Eight Bets: You can only win this bet when a six or eight is rolled before a seven.  It can be wagered on at any time.  You receive even money when you win.

  • Proposition Bets: These bets are placed in the center of the table.  They can be placed at any point.  They are all one throw bets, except the Hardways Bet.
      1. Any Craps: A 2, 3, or 12 must be thrown, payout is 8 to 1.
      2. Any Seven: A seven must be thrown with a payout of 5 to 1.
      3. Eleven: 16 to 1 payout when an 11 is rolled.
      4. Ace Duece: 16 to 1payout when a three is rolled.
      5. Aces or Boxcars: 30 to 1 for a 2 or 12.
  • Horn Bet: You will be betting on the 2, 3, 11 and 12.  It is a one roll shot.  You will win a payout based on the number that actually came up.
  • Hardways: you are betting on pairs in this roll.  If you get a 7 you still win.  The payout is 8 to 1 for a 4 or 10, and 10 to 1 for a 6 or 8.

House advantage:

Depending on your bet there is a different house advantage. The spread for the house edge is 2 - 17%.


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