Craps started out as a way to gamble among the common folks living in the back streets of New Orleans, but has transcended its humble origins and is today offered at even the most posh casinos. You can also find craps in most online casinos world wide.

craps tableCraps has its roots in an old European dice game called hazard. In essence, craps is a simplifyed version of hazard. In French – an important language in New Orleans – craps is known as crapaud which means toad. The origins of this name is shrouded in mystery, but may the punters playing it in the street looked a bit like toads as they were hunching over and squatting, throwing the dice against the curb.

Learning how to play craps

A craps table can be a busy place and the rules can seem hard, but craps is easy to learn if you start out with making betting on pass line and then gradually branch out to explore more exotic options.

A bet on pass line can only be made before the dice are thrown for the first time during a round of craps. There are other bets that can be made later during the round, but the pass line bet is not one of them. So, you need to make sure that you place your pass line bet at the start of a new round. The casino chip that you want to wager should be placed in the area marked PASS LINE on the craps table.

Once the two dice has been thrown out for the first time during a round of craps, one of three things will happen.

If the sum of the two dice are 7 or 11… …you win on your pass line bet and is paid 1:1.

The round is now over.

If the sum of the two dice are 2, 3 or 12… …you lose your pass line bet.

The round is now over.

If the sum of the two dice are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10… … a point is formed. You have not lost or won anything on your pass line bet yet.

The round continues.

What happens once a point has been formed?

crapsWhen the result of the initial throw of the two dice during a round of craps is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the game continues. No one gets paid on their pass line bet or lose their pass line bet. The pass line bets remain on the table.

The result of the throw is called the point.

Example: After the initial throw of the dice, one dice shows two dots and the other dice shows six dots. This means that a point has been formed and that point is eight.

When a point has been formed, it means that the round will continue. Both dice will be thrown again, and the throwing will continue until one of these scenarios happen:

  • The result of the dice is seven. If this happens, you will lose your wager on pass line.
  • The result of the dice is the point (in this example, eight). If this happens, you will be paid 1:1 on your pass line wager.

When one of these two scenarios happen, the round is over.

Other bets than pass line bets

Once you have figured out the basics of how the pass line bet works, it will be much easier for you to learn all the other bets that can be made at the craps table. Examples of possible bets are pass odds, don’t pass line, and don’t pass odds, as well as various proposition bets, e.g. one + one, two + two, three + three, four + four, five + five, six + six, one + two, and five + six.

Skilled craps players tend to stay away from the proposition bets, since the house has such as big statistical advantage on the proposition bets.