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Craps Rules

The Basics

Craps, also known as casino craps or bank craps, is a well-loved and exciting dice game. When you enter a casino and hear yelling and shouting, it must be coming from a craps table. It uses a specially built table and two dice. These dice are not ordinary because it undergoes strict inspection for any damage before being used in casino. The pair of dice used in tables is replaced every eight hours. There are rules and guides in handling these dice to ensure fair play at all times.

To play, a player must use only one hand to handle the dice. When throwing, he should make sure that the dice hit the walls on opposite ends of the table. Sometimes the dice would fall off the table. In this case, the stickman first inspects carefully the dice before picking it up to put it back on the table.

A game of craps consists of a stickman (who is a casino crew), a boxman and two dealers. Roughly 20 players can gather around a table of craps to play. Each one gets a chance to throw a dice. Shooting is the term for the act of throwing dice. If you prefer not to shoot, you can just bet on the thrower. There are many different kinds of bets that can be made.

The very first roll of dice is called a come out roll. Thus a round always begins with a come out roll and happens only when the thrower from the previous round lost or when he failed to make the seven out point.

Thus, if a shooter did not reach the points required in his throw, the dice is passed on to the next player for a new come out roll. The game goes on in this manner. The dice is passed in a clockwise manner or to the left of the last shooter.

The table has a special layout where the dice are rolled. The layout is composed of three areas. The first and third sides are identical, like mirror reflections of one another. Each contains line bets named Pass, Donít Pass, Come, Donít Come, Odds, Place and Field bets. The second area (in between the first and third side) holds the proposition bets.

For pass bets to win, the come out roll must be either a 7 or 11. The pass bets lose when the come out roll is 2, 3, or 12. For Donít bets, a player needs 2 or 3 to win. This bet loses when the roll turns out to be 7 or 11. It is a tie when Donít bets roll out happens to be 12.


Here is a more detailed explanation of the various types of betting in craps:

First is the Pass Line Bet. To win, the come out roll should be 7 or 11. It loses when the roll is 2, 3, or 12. If the dice result is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that is called a point. The shooter throws again and hopes not to get a 7. If 7 is rolled before the point, he loses.

In Odds on Pass Line Bet, a player rolls a point and then he can make additional bets by taking odds. Each point is awarded with an appropriate payoff. The payout ratio for point 4 or 10 is 2:1. The payout ratio is 3:2 for a point of 5 or 9. The payout ratio is 6:5 for a point of 6 or 8. A player wins only if a point is rolled again before a 7 comes up.

In Come Bet, the rules are the same with Pass Line Bet. The difference is that in Come Bet, a player can only place his wager after the point on the pass line has been determined. He wagers and then throws the dice. The outcome is the come point. He wins if the outcome is 7 or 11 (called natural). He loses if the outcome is 2, 3 or 12 (called craps). Another way to win is if the come point is repeated before 7 comes out. If 7 is rolled first, he loses.

In Odds on Come Bet, the rules are the same with Odds on Pass Line. The only difference is that a player takes odds on the Come Bet and not on the Pass Line Bet.

In Donít Pass Line Bet, the rules of Pass Line Bet are reversed. Thus, a player loses if the first roll results to a natural (meaning 7 or 11). He wins if the throw results to a 2 or 3. If the result of the throw is 12, it is a tie. In this case, the dice are thrown again. If the result is a point before 7 comes up, the player loses his bet.

In Donít Come Bet, the rules of Come Bet are reversed. The come point is first determined by a throw. Afterwards, in the next roll, the player wins if it results to a 2 or 3, and loses if the result is 7 or 11. If the result is 12, it is a tie. The dice will be rolled again in this case. The player wins if a 7 comes up.

In Place Bets, a point is first established by a throw. Afterwards, a player bets on a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. He wins if the number placed on the bet is rolled before getting a 7. If not, he loses. Payoff ratio varies depending on the number wagered upon. The payout ratio for a point of 4 or 10 is 9:5. The payout ratio is 7:5 for a point of 5 or 9. The payout ratio is 7:6 for a point of 6 or 8. The bet can be canceled anytime should the player changes his mind.

In Field Bets, there is only a single throw. A player wins if the result of the throw is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. He loses if the result of the throw is a 5,6, 7, or 8. Payout ratios also vary.

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