How to play craps

You might have seen people playing craps in a movie or even in a real casino. The tables always attract a crowd and not just those who are playing – people love to watch craps being played. Do you want to know how to play craps? We’ve got all you need to know right here.

The rules of craps

In a nutshell, craps is a dice game. It’s not as complicated as it first seems either and is really simple to play, even for a new beginner.

Don’t be intimidated by the complicated lay out of the table with its array of different bets. There are two fundamental parts to a game of craps: the ‘come out’ roll and the ‘point’ phase of the game.

A player initially chooses either ‘pass’ or ‘don’t pass’ before the dice are thrown. If the total on the dice is a 2, 3 or 12 then the game is over and this is what is known as crapping out and nobody wins. To land a pass bet the total on both dice needs to be 7 or 11. All other totals will see a win for don’t pass and this total then becomes the point.


In the point phase of the game, this total must be rolled before a 7 is rolled. A 7 at this point of the game is a win for a don’t pass bet and a loss for a pass bet.

That is the basic rules of the game.

How to play craps – terminology

Craps, like any other casino game, has its own terms and language. Here are some of the names you need to know when playing craps:


  • Come out. This is the first roll of the game.
  • Pass line. Where you place a bet that the dice total will b ea 7 or 11.
  • Don’t pass line. The opposite of a pass bet which is won with a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10
  • Come. A bet following the come out that the dice will pass.
  • Don’t come. The opposite of the come bet.
  • Field bets. Choose any number from 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Place bets. A bet that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.
  • 6:8. Similar to a field bet on the 6 or 8.
  • Hardways. Betting that a 4, 6, 8 or 10 is rolled with a double first and then another way. Eg. Double 4 and then 5 and 3.
  • Any seven. A 7 is rolled.
  • Any craps. A 2, 3 or 12.

Tips for how to play craps


The best advice for craps is to avoid the so-called big 6 and big 8 bets. They pay even money and are the same is a 6 or 8 place bet which pays 7:6. The odds on hardways bets don’t reflect the true probability of rolling one of them and they too should be avoided.