Craps is an exciting dice game found in most casinos around the world. Its roots stretch back hundreds of years to a game called Hazard, which craps is a simplified version of. The first modern games of Craps were thought to be played in New Orleans in 1813. For beginners craps can look like quite a difficult game to play because of the multiple ways to bet and the perceived complexity of the game. However, once the rules are understood it does not take too much time to become a competent player. Here are the basics of the rules of playing craps to get you started.
Whilst craps is quite a complex dice game the fundamental rules of the game are straightforward. The game starts with what is called a “come-out roll.” Two dice are rolled down the table (and should bounce off the back of the end of the table to be a legal throw). If the combined score of the dice is a seven or an eleven the player wins. If you roll a two, three or twelve then the house wins. If any other number occurs, then the game changes. Say for instance a five was rolled. The aim of the game now is to roll another five before a seven is rolled. The five is now called “the point” and players want to avoid rolling a seven.
Play in a casino or online?
If you are already liking the idea of playing craps and want to test your luck then the next step is to decide if you want to go to a physical casino or play craps online from a tablet, smartphone or laptop. Playing craps online means that you can play craps from the comfort of your own home when it suits you.
A lot of players prefer the convenience of being able to play online then having to make a journey to the nearest casino. It all depends on personal preferences; by playing online you can play quickly and easily without needing to travel but if you like the idea of a big night out with friends who also like to gamble, then a physical casino might be a better option in these circumstances.
The pass line
On the craps table the pass line is the most common area to place bets for most players. Once a game begins the bets are put on the pass line. The pass line pays at a rate of 1:1 for winning bets. For instance, if you roll an eight to start (which then becomes the point) and have a $10 wager you will win $10 plus have your original stake returned if you roll an eight before rolling a seven. This then gives you $20 dollars in total. There are multiple other ways to bet in craps apart from using the pass line. Options include betting on the no pass line and betting on specific numbers to be rolled.
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