Players can bet with or against the person
controlling the dice, thus giving players the advantage to bet with the casino. A
player throws two dice to start the game. If a number 7 or 11 appears the game is over,
they win what is call the pass line bet, they made one successful pass of the dice.
However, if they roll a 2, 3 or 12, on the first throw of the dice, they call this
craps and they lose their pass line bet, and they start a new game with a
new come out roll, the dice do not pass to the next player.
If the player does not roll a 2, 3, 7, 11, 12, the remaining numbers if rolled on
the first roll of the dice become the "Point." If a remaining number, 4,
5, 6, 8, 9, 10 are rolled the player continues throwing the dice until they roll either a
7, in which case they would lose or the "point" number, in which case they would
win. When the player rolls the "point" number before rolling the number 7,
this would be another successful pass, winning the pass line bet and then a new game would
Beginners need to concentrate more
on the basic bets rather than all the possible ways in which a player can place additional
money on a crap table. We design this page of information to give a novice or
beginning player a fundamental look at the game. They have written hundreds of books
on this subject and we are not going to answer all questions in one page of
information. As a player, we recommend knowing a few basic terms, such as:
Don't Pass Line
As explained briefly in the Overview,
this is the basic beginning of the game. A player can place wagers on the Pass Line and
receive even money should the person throwing the dice make a successful pass, a winning 7
or 11 on the first roll or repeating the Point number before throwing a 7. The pass
line bet should only be made before the first roll of the dice. However, if a Point
number is established, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, they allow the player to place another bet
behind the original pass line bet, they call this taking the Odds on the Pass Line bet.
(See Odds) The payoff varies depending on which number has been established as the Point and the casino
in which you are gambling.
Odds - Pass Line:
As unusual as this may sound, craps
offers the player the only casino game where they can make a bet and neither the casino
nor the player has an advantage. The Odds bet is nothing more than a second bet
after they have established the Point number. This second bet allows the player an
additional way of placing more money in the game, called laying Odds. The second bet, or taking the
odds, pays a higher ration than the original Pass Line bet because the player has less
than a 50% chance of having a 7 appear before rolling the "point" number to win
the Pass Line bet.
Some casinos will
allow the player to bet up to 100 times their original Pass Line bet. The casino has
an advantage of only 1.41% when a player bets on the Pass Line. If the Point is a 6
or 8 the Odds pay 6:5, if the Point is a 5 or 9 the Odds pay 3:2, and if the Point is a 4
or 10 the Odds pay 2:1. The more Odds allowed bet helps reduce the overall house
advantage for the combined two bets, Pass Line and Odds on Pass Line.
Below is a table showing how the Odds
bet can help lower the 1.52% advantage the casino enjoys from the original Pass Line bet.
It is in the economic best interest of the player to take full Odds. This
chart deals in fractions of a decimal point, but is very important when that winning
casino decimal point is multiplied against Your money!
Pass Line Bet & Taking Full Odds
Casino Odds Permitted
% of Advantage for Casino
|Full Double Odds
|5 Times Odds
|10 Times Odds
|20 Times Odds
|100 Times Odds
Just as the name suggests, this is the opposite of the Pass
Line bet. When betting the Dont Pass line, on the first roll of the dice a 2
or 3 gives the Dont Pass bettor a win and they lose on a 7 or 11. The number
12 is a "push," neither the casino nor the Dont Pass bettor changes any
money. The overall concept is 180 degrees from the Pass Line Bettor. If they
do not roll a 2, 3, 7, 11 on the first roll, they establish a Point number and the game
continues until they roll the number 7 or the point number. Dont Pass bettor
wins if a 7 appears before they roll the point number.
This is a perfectly legal way to bet,
but remember most of the table will be betting on the Pass Line. Therefore, what
makes a Dont Pass bettor a winner, makes the entire crap table a loser.
Quietly pick up your winnings and continue, crap tables can get very verbal. The
casino advantage when a player bets the Don't Pass is 1.40%.
Odds - Don't Pass Line:
If a player bets on the Don't Pass Line, they may take the Don't Odds if a point is
established. Casino advantage of the Don't Pass Odds bet is 0%. Opposite of
laying odds on the Pass Line Bet, the Don't Pass Odds are betting on rolling a 7 before
the point in rolled. These Odds pay different amount depending on what
number is the Point.
the point is 4 or 10 the Don't Odds pay
If the point is 5 or 9 the Don't Odds pay
if the point is 6 or 8 the Don't Odds pay
Never wanting a gambler to become bored by waiting for
the Point number to be rolled or a 7, this game has other avenues a player can bet on
while the first part of the game continues. The Come bet functions on the same
principles as the Pass Line Bet, except it is not on the first roll of the dice.
After a Point has been established, a player can place a bet on the Come. Once
again, 2, 3 12, they will lose, 7 or 11 and they will win an amount equal to their bet.
However, if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 is
rolled your Come bet is moved to that number and you can lay Odds on this bet just like a
Pass Line Bet. This bet works like a separate Pass Line bet in that it remains
in play until the number is rolled again or a 7. Should the original Pass Line bet
win, by rolling the Point number again, Come bettors have a decision to make at this time.
They can make the Odds part of the Come bet active or not. Since these Come
Bets act similar to Pass Line Bets, a new throw of the dice can cause the Come Bet to win
or lose also. Come Odds bets give the casino an advantage of 1.41%.
As you may have guessed, Don't Come bet is the
Opposite of the Come bet. This is similar to the Don't Pass Line bet with the
continuation of a Come bet.
Yes, a player has a few other options that they can
bet on during the crap game, such as Hard Ways, Placed Numbers, Big 6, Big 8, Field Bets,
Hopper Bets, Proposition Bets, to name a few. Depending on what expert you converse
with, these bets are usually considered either wasted money, useless, or a place where
foolish money puts their money before the casino ends up with it all. If you
would like to learn more about craps, as mentioned previously, literally hundreds of
books have been written on the subject of craps.
Our research results suggest before
you adventure further with your money, stick with the basics described above. For
example, the casino advantage on the popular Hard Ways bet is as follows.
|Casinos pay 7:1 on
Hardway 4 or 10 - Casino advantage 11.11%.
Casinos pay 9:1 on Hardway 6 or 8 - Casino advantage 9.09%.
many people play craps is to play a high percentage chance of winning against a game that
the casino is not favored so heavily. Considering casino advantages of 9.09%
and 11.11% on Hardways and some Proposition bets have a casino advantage of more than 16%
advantage -- these obviously s are not good bets. In conclusion, if you want to
learn additional ways to lose money, please find that information at other web sites.
We hope you come to Las Vegas and have a fighting chance of winning, not wasting
your time on low percentage bets.