Craps, also played as street craps in an informal setting, is a chance betting game played using 2 dice, where players make bets on the outcome of the dice. It is similar to Sic Bo in that aspect, but it is not as simple, and requires the player to be acquainted with the craps table and some basics of the game in order to play. Here, we will try to cover as much as we can.
The Craps Layout
The image above shows the layout of a typical craps game, with all the possibilities of the roll results. Bets in the form of chips bought from the counter are placed onto the player’s selected outcome. The dice must be stopped within the boundaries of the table for the game to be fair. Players must also take note of the on/ off button, where the on signifies a “point” phase of a round taking place while the off signifies that a point has not been set (explained later).
How to Play
The player rolling the dice is termed the “Shooter”. Each round has a “come out” and “point” phase. Players can place bets on either the “Pass” line or the “Don’t Pass” line, which is dependent on the outcome of the rolls. “Pass line” players can further specify their selected outcomes by betting on the resulting number of the roll. This results in a higher pay out as the odds of the bet are increased.
During the come out phase, the shooter must establish a point to pass. He rolls the two dices and whatever the outcome of the roll, it is established as the “Point”. There are some exceptions; a come out roll of 2, 3 or 12 makes the Pass line bets lose and is known as “crapping out”, while a come out roll of 7 or 11 makes the Pass line bets win and is known as “natural”. If the outcome is another combination of numbers besides these exceptions, that number is now the point and the shooter must roll that number again for the Pass line bets to win.
The shooter takes turns rolling the dice until he gets seven as an outcome. This is called the seven-out. If he cannot repeat the “point” result before a seven outcome, the Pass line bets lose. After this, a new round starts and the dice is passed to a new shooter. The off button is then switched to on and players are allowed to make bets on the table.
Do keep in mind that the “Pass line” and “Don’t Pass line” bets are opposite to each other, and when one of them wins, the other one has to lose except for one rare exception. If the shooter “craps out” on the come out roll at 12, the “Pass line” bets do lose, but the “Don’t Pass line” bets neither win nor lose. For the “Don’t Pass line” bets, this is called being “barred”
These are all the basic things you need to know in order to start playing craps. It is recommended that you try your hand at street craps before placing bets in a casino.