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.

How to play craps

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.

How to play craps - terminology table

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:

How to play craps - terminology

  • 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

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.