Updated Updated: August 1, 2019

Craps

Of Dice and Men

Craps has been a staple of brick-and-mortar casinos for decades and has become one of the most iconic casino games around, alongside roulette, blackjack, etc. In fact, craps have become such a beloved game, that no brick-and-mortar casino would dare not include a couple of craps tables amongst its repertoire of games!

So, it was a no-brainer for online casinos to introduce craps as part of their game selection for online gaming when the internet started taking over! But, which are the best online casinos to play craps at? And, how does one even play craps? And, are there any tricks to keep in mind? Not to worry, friends, we’ll answer all these questions in our article! 

How to Give a Craps

You’ve taken an interest in shooting the dice in a nice game of craps, huh? Well, craps is an exciting game to play with easy rules that any punter can pick up! And, it makes no difference whether you’re the shooter or one of the bettors in the crowd, the rules apply equally to both these sorts of players, and it’s just as exciting for the both of them!

So, how does one actually play craps? And, what is the main aim of the game? In this section, we’ll be going through all the craps casino rules for the benefit of you punters that aren’t quite sure how craps are played! The games of craps revolves around 2 dice and the outcome of their rolls; yes, that’s all there is to it! The only ‘difficult’ part of the game is remembering all the different bets available!

Every player around the craps table (a digital one in our case) must make a bet, including the shooter, which is the person rolling the dice. Once everybody has placed their bets, the shooter can throw the dice. In a real-life craps game, the shooter must hit the opposite wall of the craps table for the roll to count, but this is done automatically on online craps games, luckily for you!

The first roll that a shooter makes is known as the ‘Come-Out Roll’, and depending on the result and the bet they placed, either wins or loses their bet, or must continue throwing the dice. This is where we come to the 2 most iconic, popular, and compulsory bets in craps: Pass and Don’t Pass. Every bettor around the table must make either one of these bets.
The difference between these 2 bets is minimal: they merely win on different numbers: Pass wins on a 7 or 11 rolled (known as ‘Natural numbers’) and Don’t Pass wins on a 2 (also known as ‘Snake Eyes’) or 3 rolled (known as ‘Craps numbers’). Both bets generally lose on a 12 rolled, however, sometimes a 12 is a ‘draw’ for Don’t Pass bettors, meaning that they neither win nor lose their bet. 

Before going on, there are some things that are worth mentioning: the Don’t Pass bet generally has a better house edge but betting on it at a real-life craps table will make you stand out. Craps is a very superstitious game, and betting Don’t Pass might get you a few scowls because players believe you’re betting ‘against the shooter’. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with online craps!
But, what if the shooter rolls a number other than Natural or Craps numbers? Then the shooter is said to have rolled a ‘Point’, and that’s when they must continue rolling the dice. The dealer then places a white button or puck with the word ‘ON’ written on it on the number that was rolled, for example, a 6.

The shooter must then keep rolling the dice until he rolls his Point once again, whereupon Pass bets win. However, if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling his Point, then he ‘sevens-out’, that is, he loses his bet (if he bet Pass) and loses his turn as the shooter, and a new shooter will play. When the shooter sevens-out, Don’t Pass bets win.

Those are the very basic craps casino rules if you only intend to bet Pass or Don’t Pass, which is generally a simple and effective strategy as these bets have excellent house edges: 1.41% and 1.36% respectively! That’s fantastic considering that you double your money each time you win one of these bets! But, what about the other bets?

The simplest bets after the Pass bets are the Come bets: Come and Don’t Come. These bets are exactly like Pass and Don’t Pass except they can only be made after the Come-Out, that is, the shooter’s first roll. So, if the shooter didn’t roll a Natural or Craps, you can make a Come or Don’t Come bet, and these work exactly like the Pass and Don’t Pass bets you made in the beginning.

After the Come bets, there are the Odds bets, or Free Odds bets. These bets can only be made in conjunction with another bet, which is the Pass, Don’t Pass, Come and Don’t Come bets. You won’t see this bet marked anywhere on the craps table, which makes this bet a little inconspicuous. This bet can be made, removed, increased and decreased at any time after the initial bet has been made.

The Free Odds bet will be explained in more detail in the next section. Next up is the Place Bets, which are represented by the boxes with the numbers 10, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4 on them (9 and 6 are generally written out to avoid confusion between the two). These bets can only be made once the point has been established. 

These are sort of like a secondary Point that you can establish yourself: you place a bet on one of the numbers on the table and if the shooter rolls that number before they seven-out then you win your bet! These bets can be canceled at any time and they pay differently according to the number you chose: 4 and 10 pay 9:5, 5 and 9 pay 7:5, and 6 and 8 pay 7:6. 
Then there are the Field Bets, which are located in a rather large section with the word ‘FIELD’ written on it. These are single-roll bets, that is, they are only up for one roll and then they’re taken off the table afterward, win or lose. However, the bet wins on either a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12 and only loses when a 5, 6, 7, or 8 are rolled, giving you plenty of odds in your favour. 
The Field pays differently according to what’s rolled: a 2 pays double, a 12 pays either double or even triple, and rest pay even (1:1). Another bet that punters can make are the Big 6 and Big 8: these win if a 6 or 8 respectively are rolled before a 7, and they pay even. These bets can be found at the corners with the words ‘BIG 6’ and ‘BIG 8’ written on them.

Finally, we have the Proposition bets, which are also single-roll bets, except for the Hardways, that can be made at any time. There are several of these bets on the table, including Big Red, where the shooter must roll a 7, Boxcars, where the shooter must roll a 12, and the Hardways bets, where either a 4, 6, 8, or 10 must be rolled the ‘hard way’, that is, with doubles before they’re rolled the ‘soft way’, with no doubles, or a 7 is rolled.
Proposition bets can be found as a table (which lists all of the bets and their payouts) on the craps table; they generally have a high house edge, and some of them have ridiculous odds (like Boxcars, or Snake Eyes, where the shooter must roll a 2, for example, both with odds of 35:1), but the good news is that they pay rather high: Boxcars and Snake Eyes, for example, both pay 30:1. 

What the Craps?!

This next section is here to give you some cheeky tips and tricks to keep in mind when playing craps! Obviously, since we’re talking about online craps, there’s no point in making any mention of controlling the dice. So, dice setting and myths about dice manipulation aside, what are some of the ways that you can gain an edge in the game?

The simplest trick there is in the book is betting Pass and Don’t Pass. This strategy is unbeatable in its combined simplicity and efficiency: they’re essentially double-or-nothing bets with extremely low house edges. Sticking to these bets can be the difference between winning money and breaking even, and breaking even and losing money.

The biggest trick that we can give you about how to ‘win’ playing craps at casinos and the best tip that every craps player should keep in mind is the Free Odds bet. This bet is both unknown amongst many players since it doesn’t appear anywhere on a craps table and notorious for being one of the absolute best bets that you can make in craps and at the casino in general.

The reason that these bets are so fantastic is that they have absolutely no house edge, which lowers the original house edge, and they win when your original bet wins (for example, if you ‘took odds’ on a Pass bet, then both bets win)! Every craps expert will tell you that if you can place Free Odds bets, then you should do so without a second thought as you can make quite some money that way.

The only problem with Free Odds bets is that casinos also know how good these bets are. Some casinos will outright not let you make Free Odds bets, which is quite unfair. However, even the ones that do allow you to make those bets, will limit how much money you can place as a Free Odds bet: generally somewhere between 3 to 5 times your original bet. 
A good tip to keep in mind is to stay away from the Proposition bets if you want to keep your bankroll intact: as we’ve already mentioned, these are single-roll bets with high house edges, which means that you’ll either lose your bet outright, or if you manage to win the bet against the odds, the house gets to keep a sizeable cut of your winnings! Let’s look at this with an example.

Let’s say that you bet on Big Red, that is, the shooter must roll a 7 for you to win your bet: the payout is 5:1, meaning that if you bet £10, you get a total of £60 for your bet, which is pretty good. However, the odds of rolling a 7 are 6:1, meaning that, on average, you’ll win your bet once out of every 6 times, but your chances of winning are less than your payout odds! 
This means that the bet is in itself not worth your while. However, say you placed the bet for fun, which is perfectly okay if you have plenty of money in your bankroll left, and you managed to win the £60! But, the house edge for the bet is generally 16.67%, meaning that at least £10 of your £60 immediately goes to the house. 

Where to Best Give a Craps

So, which are the best online casinos to play craps at? Before anything, let’s talk about the problems with converting craps into a digital game: one of the problems is that craps is an extremely communal game, which is part of the enjoyment of the game! Being part of a crowd of people cheering in unison when the shooter hits a good roll is a fantastic feeling!

The second problem is craps is unique, in that, it’s the only casino game where the betting device (the dice) is mainly manipulated by the player! These two things are impossible to replicate. However, software developers have tried to develop a live dealer craps game nevertheless. In fact, a company called Vivo Gaming had attempted this with two staff, one acting as a dealer and the other as a shooter.

Nowadays, this game seems to no longer be available as it was pulled as part of Vivo Gaming’s restructuring. Instead, there are a few casinos that offer online craps for you to get your craps buzz! The advantages of online craps is that it usually has a more relaxed pace than land-based craps, and it has much more information! In fact, a full list of rules is sometimes added!

The disadvantages of online craps are that it loses what makes craps so fun and unique, and it feels much more like a video game. Sadly, there’s only a handful of online casinos that offer online craps. A few examples that we’ve managed to come across include Sloto Cash, Vegas Casino Online, Jackpot City, PartyCasino, Ruby Fortune, Betway, Mansion Casino, Pantasia Casino, BetOnline, and Matchbook. 
Out of these, Betway, Jackpot City, PartyCasino and Mansion Casino are by far the most reputable. This brings us to an end of our article. We hope you enjoyed our article and that is has made you fall madly in love with craps as we have! Good luck shooting out there, partner! 

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