Craps is one of the most popular live casino games that has also made its mark on online gaming sites. Craps rules are easy to learn, which undoubtedly contributes to its popularity among players who love fast-paced games. Here is a quick overview of how to play craps.
Craps is played with two dice. One player is designated as the shooter and throws the dice. Both he and the other players must make their bets before the dice is thrown. Another similar game is farkle. If you want to play farkle you can read the rules there.
There are two phases in the game, Come Out and Point. During the Come Out phase, only Pass or Don’t Pass bets can be made. The possible results of the Come Out throw are as follows:
- Craps. If the dice come out 2, 3 or 12, then Pass Line bets lose but Don’t Pass bets win.
- Natural. If the dice roll is a 7 or an 11, Pass Line bets win but Don’t Pass bets lose.
- Point. If the dice roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, a new point is set and the second phase of the game starts.
During the Point phase the shooter makes one more throw. If he hits the point, players on the Pass Line win their bets. A new round then begins with the shooter throwing a Come Out roll.
On the other hand, if the shooter fails to make the point with their roll or rolls a seven (known as “seven-out”) then Pass Line bets lose and the round ends. The next player is then designated as the shooter.
Generally the next person in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction becomes the shooter but that player may opt not to be the shooter but just to make a bet. The person beside him is then asked to become the shooter. Shooters are also required to make bets.
Here are the different types of bets that can be made under craps rules:
- Pass Line. If the shooter rolls a natural then the bet wins and if craps the bet loses. If a point number is rolled the Pass Line bet wins only if the point number is rolled during the subsequent throw. If the point number is not hit or a seven is rolled, then the bet loses.
- Don’t Pass Line. This is the reverse of a Pass Line bet in that the bet loses if a natural is rolled and wins if craps are rolled. However, if a twelve is rolled, then a Don’t Pass bet neither wins nor loses and the player’s bet is returned. When a point number is set, then the Don’t Pass bet wins if a seven is rolled and loses if the point number is rolled.
- Come. This bet can only be made once the point number has been established. If the point number set is six, for example, the player can make a Come bet. If the next number rolled is a natural (seven or eleven) then the bet wins, if craps (2, 3 or 12) then it loses. If any other number is rolled other than six, this becomes the Come bet’s point number. Let’s say a nine is rolled. If the shooter’s next throw hits a nine, the Come bet wins. If the shooter makes his point, then the Come bet remains active in the next Come Out roll. If the next roll hits a seven, the Come bet loses.
- Don’t Come. As with the Don’t Pass bets, this works the opposite way as a Come bet. Thus, if a seven or eleven is rolled when the Don’t Come bet is active the bet loses while if craps is rolled the bet wins. Once the Come point has been established, then the Don’t Come bet loses if that number is rolled and wins if a seven is rolled.
- Place. This is another bet that can only be made once the point has been established. You can only bet on numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, and if the number you bet on comes out before a 7, you win. The Place bet remains active as long as a seven is not rolled. If the point is hit, your Place bet still remains active.
- Field. This bet is made only on a single dice roll. You don’t have to choose a particular number to make this bet but simply opt for a Field bet. Your bet wins if the next number rolled is a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. If the next roll is a 5, 6, 7 or 8, you lose. Win or lose once the dice roll is over you will either have to make another bet or choose to let your winnings ride by keeping your bet on that number.
- Big six, big eight. This bet wins if a six or an eight is rolled before a seven.
- Any Craps. This bet wins if craps is thrown (2, 3 or 12).
- Any Seven. The bet wins if the shooter throws a seven.
- Eleven. If the shooter throws an eleven, this bet wins.
- Ace Deuce. This bet wins if the shooter rolls a three.
- Aces or Boxcars. This bet wins if a twelve or two is thrown.
- Horn. Wins if the numbers 2, 3, 11 and 12 are thrown.
- Hard ways. The name of the bet refers to hitting an even number on both dice by having the same number (i.e. if a four is hit by rolling two 2s). You can make Hardway bets on the numbers 4 (2-2), 6 (3-3), 8 (4-4) and 10 (5-5). This type of bet wins if the number wagered on is rolled hard before it is rolled easy (the same number is reached with two different numbers on the dice, i.e. four on 1-3) or a seven is rolled. Because of the difficulty of winning this bet, it pays the highest odds.