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How To Play Craps

Craps is a dice game played against a banker or other players. It is widely played in casinos although it can also be played in a house with friends. Some see it as a very complicated game but perhaps they just do not understand it fully. Craps is actually very simple and anybody can play it in a snap. By simply observing the game, even if you are a newbie, it is easy to pick up the rules and strategies involved. Otherwise, it only requires a short reading to learn how to play it. Still, some players refuse to learn craps. This is simply unfortunate because craps is very favorable to beginners, given that it has the lowest house edge among casino games. If you still think you are not capable of learning craps, try again. The guide below might help enlighten you about how to play craps.

Table Layout

To understand how to play craps, begin with the table layout because this is where your bets will be placed. The layout has since evolved since craps was invented many centuries ago. Today, it is typical to find a double layout, each end serving mirror copy of the other. Double layout was only thought of to allow more players to play in a table, nothing more and nothing less. At first glance, it may look confusing or complicated. The numerous betting options presented before you will seem daunting at first, but in truth, it is very easy to understand. To start playing, you can study the basic bets first. Later on, you can move to more complicated bets. Basic bets have a lower house edge as compared to complicated bets.

The Game

Before moving on to learn the different betting options in craps, it is best to first start with the mechanics. Referring to the layout table, you will find a “puck” with two sides. The black side is for off and the white side is for on. Hence, if the white side is on top, it means a game is ongoing. If black side is up, it means there is no game as of the moment. A round may have just been finished and a new round of betting is just about to start.

In each round, only one person will be actually playing, that is, throwing the dice. He is called the shooter, the one holding the dice. The rest of the players have two options. They could bet for or against the outcome of the dice roll. If they are correct in their prediction, they win the round based on the payout ratio and the amount they placed on the layout table.

The come-out roll is the first set of numbers that appear on the dice as the shooter throws for the first time. The shooter wins if the throw produces a 7 or 11. He will also be entitled to another roll, thus he remains possession of the dice.

If a shooter’s first throw results to a 2, 3 or 12, he automatically loses the game. This phenomenon is called craps, where the game actually got its name. He still remains in possession of the dice and can still throw it for the second time.

If a shooter’s first throw results to any number other than already mentioned, the puck will be flipped to show the white side and will be placed on the number on the table corresponding to the result of the first dice throw. That number becomes the “point.”

The real game begins hence and the rules change a bit. If in the first throw a shooter aimed to get a 7, this time he does not want 7 to appear. This is confusing only at first but soon you will get the hang of it. In the come-out roll or first throw, a shooter wants to get a 7 to win. On the second roll, he loses if he gets a 7. As a shooter, you will lose control of the dice once you roll the point (the first number that came out) or if another 7 results. If the point comes out before the 7, you win. If 7 comes out first, you lose and the dice will transferred to another player, who will in turn be the next shooter.

Craps Bets

Craps is played with a pair of dice. Thus, the smallest number come out is a 2 (two 1s) and the biggest possible number come out is a 12 (two 6s). It is a fast-paced game because multiple bets are possible in a given layout at a single time.

Only a shooter is required to make a bet before he rolls the dice. For the rest of the spectators, betting is optional. Betting or placing money on the table signifies one’s intention to join or participate in that round. Otherwise, one will not be eligible to a payout. There are specific and broad bets. Specific bets are eligible to higher payouts as compared to broad bets. Broader bets usually pay only at a ratio of 1:1. Thus, if you bet a dollar, a win will give you another dollar.

If you are new to the game, it is advisable to steer away from specific bets for the meantime until such time that you gain confidence and expertise in craps. Meanwhile, broad bets are enough to get you started. But if you wish to plunge directly to specific bets, that is also fine.

The odds are normally against a player when it comes to complex bets. The probability of winning is very low. If you do not want to go bankrupt in a short time, and would like to prolong your stay in the table to be able to enjoy more rounds of craps, stick to basic bets first.

In the Pass Line bet, a player is actually betting that 7 or 11 will come out in the first throw. If 2, 3 or 12 results, he loses. If the point number comes out, the pass line bet is kept in their place. Other types of bets to learn are the Come Line, Don’t Come, Don’t Pass and Odds Bet.

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