The game probably evolved centuries ago from the traditional rolling of the bones. What is played today is however a far cry from this. Craps is a highly detailed game with fair player odds. A good understanding of the odds and bets will assist you in coming to terms with what is definitely quite a complex game.
First lets take out our calculators. You have 2 dice, 6 sides each, thats a total of 36 combinations. Now lets see what the odds of a number coming up are:
Getting a 2 or a 12 is the least likely of course because you either need two 1’s or two 6’s to achieve this. 7’s on the other hand can be made up of (1,6), (2,5), (3,4), (4,3), (5,2), and (6,1). The other numbers offer a few variations but none compete with 7.
You are betting on which numbers the next roll of the dice will produce (or won’t produce). In its simplest form you (the shooter) will place a bet on the Pass line (or on the Don’t Pass Line) and try to roll a seven or an eleven. If you succeed the bet will pay even money and you can make another bet. This first roll is called the ‘Come Out’ roll.
Should you fail to roll a seven or eleven then a ‘point’ is established on the number of the value of the dice rolled. Once a point is established your object is to roll the same number again before the next seven is rolled. If a seven is rolled you lose your bet. Once a point has been established you can not remove your bet from the table.
While are trying to make the point you can add extra bets to the table.
There are several types of bets that can be placed on the craps table:
The Pass Bet
This is a bet that you will throw a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll or, alternatively, that you will make the point before the next 7 is rolled.
The Don’t Pass Bet
This is the opposite of the pass bet. This bet is placed against you (the shooter) and wins if craps (2, 3 or 12) is thrown on the come-out roll or if you fail to make the point. If a 12 is thrown, the bet ties.
The Come Bet
This bet is similar to the pass bet but cannot be made on the come-out roll. Traditionally the Come and Don’t Come bets are available to allow players just joining the table to take part in the action immediately, instead of having to wait for the shooter to make or miss the point!
The Don’t Come Bet
Again, this bet is similar to the ‘Don’t Pass’ bet, but can not be made on the come-out roll.
This is an additional bet made on a Pass, Don’t Pass, Come or Don’t Come bet that has already been placed. ‘Odds’ bets can only be made once the point has been established. The advantage of an Odds bet is that it is paid out at the correct odds.
This bet can be made on the following numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. It is a bet that the relevant number will be rolled BEFORE a seven is rolled.
This bet can be made on the following numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. It is a bet that a seven will be rolled BEFORE the relevant number comes up.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays even money if a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 are rolled and pays 2 to 1 if a 2 or 12 are rolled.
This bet can be made on a 4, 6, 8 or 10. It is a bet that the relevant number will be rolled in its double form (i.e. 2 dice showing 4 would be HARDWAY 8) BEFORE a seven AND before that number is rolled in any other combination.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 5 for 1 (4 to 1) if a seven is rolled in the next throw.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 8 for 1 (7 to 1) if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled in the next throw.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 30 to 1 if a 2 is rolled in the next throw.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 30 to 1 if a 12 is rolled in the next throw.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 15 to 1 if a 3 is rolled in the next throw.
This is a bet on the outcome of the next throw. It pays 15 to 1 if an 11 is rolled in the next throw.
This is a single roll bet on any craps (2, 3 or 12) and 11. Odds are paid out accordingly.
Big 6 and Big 8
These are a bet that the appropriate number (6 or 8) will be rolled before the next seven. It pays even money.
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