Online Craps – Basic Info
If you’ve never seen Guys and Dolls you may not know how to play Craps, let alone play it online, so here’s a quick and easy guide to get you playing as soon as possible.
Craps is a gambling game played with dice. Players bet on the outcome of their dice rolls. Craps is played by multiple or a single player betting against the casino.
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How to Play Online Craps
The players stand around the ‘Craps Table’. Online Craps generally features a digital version of the craps table, such as this one:
The layout of the table indicates the different betting outcomes, which will be explained below. The layouts and pay-outs of the tables vary between casinos, online or otherwise, but they all have the same basic features.
Players take turns rolling two dice. The player rolling the dice is called the “shooter”. Players place chips on the table on the appropriately-marked sections of the layout to place their bets.
Craps is played in rounds. Before a round begins, a button with the word ‘OFF’ on it is placed on the table. The shooter starts the round by performing a ‘come-out roll.’ While shooting, players must have a bet on either the ‘Pass’ or ‘Don’t Pass’ line, depending on what they think the outcome of the round will be. Any other players at the table can also bet on this, but it isn’t compulsory.
If the result of the come-out roll is a 2, 3 or 12, it’s called ‘crapping out’ or ‘craps,’ and anyone who placed a bet on the Pass Line loses.
If a 7 or 11 is rolled it is called a ‘natural’ and those who bet on the pass line win.
If a player rolls any other number, this number becomes the ’point’ and all bets on the ‘don’t pass line’ remain there.
The OFF button is now flipped to its ‘ON’ side and is placed on the number on the table corresponding with the point.
The shooter continues to roll the dice, they are aiming to roll their point number before they roll the number seven. For example, if the point is six and the shooter roles a five, they role again. If they then role a seven, they have lost. If a number seven is rolled at any time other than during the come-out roll, everyone loses. If, however, the shooter rolls a six rather than a seven, they have succeeded and perform another come-out roll, starting a new round. When the shooter eventually rolls a losing seven, they turn the dice over to the next player.
If Pass wins, Don’t Pass loses, and vice versa. There is one exception: a twelve on the come-out roll means that Pass bets lose, but Don’t Pass bets are ‘pushed’ meaning they neither win nor lose.
Those are the simple rules out of the way – you can now play craps. There are, however, some more complicated types of bet that you may be interested in.
As long as they are also betting on the Don’t Pass Line, players can place another bet behind the Pass Line after the point had been established. This is a second bet on the point. Should the shooter hit their point, you win both your bets. You can increase, decrease or remove an odds bet at any time. The winnings of an odds bet are based on the odds of you winning, thus the name. Look away now if you don’t like being told the odds:
Come / Don’t Come bets
Beyond the Pass / Don’t Pass lines, you’ll see the Come and Don’t Come lines. If you have played the Don’t Pass Line and a point has been established, you can place a Come or Don’t Come bet. You, and only you, treat the next roll the shooter makes as your own come-out roll – a second coming if you will. The same rules apply as to the original come-out roll, but this bet only affects you. If the roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, it becomes your personal ‘come-point’. Your original bet still relies on the shooter’s point, so you may well be betting on two different points at the same time. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can also place an odds bet on your second come-point.
Proposition bets are also called one-roll bets and utilise the part of the table labelled ‘field’ and the part made up of a list of different odds that can be seen to the far right of the picture above. At any point you can use these sections to bet on specific rolls of the dice. You can bet on certain numbers or combinations of numbers being rolled next or rolled before a seven is.
The boxes labelled with single numbers are used to place buy bets. This is simply a bet that your chosen number will turn up before the next 7 is rolled.
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Playing craps online is much the same as playing it in a casino – only it takes far less staff. You’re generally presented with a digital version of the table and simply click where you want to place your chips. There will also be a ‘roll’ button for you to roll the dice.
Online Craps Variations
- Bank Craps. The standard version of craps that I have described in this article, is sometimes referred to as ‘bank craps’ or ‘casino craps’ because all bets made are against the casino.
- Simplified Craps. Simplified Craps can be won by rolling 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 or 12. If any other number is rolled, the player loses.
- New York Craps. New York Craps uses a slightly different table layout and doesn’t allow Come/Don’t come bets.
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- If you can’t decipher the controls on an online Craps site, simply move to another website, there are many well designed online craps games and if you’re gambling your hard-earned cash you deserve to play on a good one. Read the reviews of online casinos you can trust before you start.
- If this is your first time playing craps, you may want to practise playing without money.
- Proposition bets have the worst odds.
- You have the best chance of winning if you play the Bank Craps variation.