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How to play craps

Not always the friendliest looking game in the casino, craps has intimidated quite a number of would be players. Don't let the layout of the table scare you however, it's simple once you learn the basics, and you'll soon find that the craps table is by far the most exciting place in the entire casino.

Lets break down the table and let you see what each area is for. The craps table is the most intimidating aspect of learning craps for new players. The size of the table is enough to make many run back to their blackjack table. Lesson number 1, cut the craps table in half! That's right, the pass line, and come area that you see on the half of the table near you is a mirror image of what's at the other end of the table. You can literally cut half the board off and not miss any of the game. In fact you will often find online craps games such as our own only showing half of the board, as there is no need for more.

The first bet you need to learn is the Pass Line bet, the most common bet in Craps.

In essence craps is a game where players either bet on a shooter making their "point", or not making their point. You bet with the shooter when you bet on them making the point, and against the shooter when you bet on them not making the point. The shooter throws two six sided dice from one end of the craps table to the other. Most casinos require that the dice thrown with enough force to bounce of the back wall.

To bet a pass line bet with the shooter you place your bet physically on the pass line. Bets must be placed before the shooter lets go of the dice. The pass line is the wide band of felt usually labeled with a capitalized 'PASS LINE' that runs along the outside of the table layout. To bet against the shooter you place your bet on the don't pass line. The don't pass line runs along the inside of the pass line and is noticeably narrower.

A simple pass line bet works like this: You place your bet on the pass line before a new shooter begins their roll. Physically, you simply place your chips in the middle of the big band labeled the pass line. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you win. If the shooter rolls a two, three or twelve, you lose. If the shooter rolls any other number, that number becomes the point number. If you're betting with the shooter, you want them to roll that number (the point) again before a seven is rolled. If that happens both you and the shooter win. If a seven is rolled before the point number is rolled again, you and the shooter both lose. The process begins again when either a seven is hit, or the point is hit.

For the come out roll, or the first toss for a new shooter, the player wants to hit a 7 or an 11 because it is an instant win. They want to avoid a 2, 3, or a 12 because it's an instant loss. You can jump into the betting any time; the only exception to this states that you can't bet the "pass line bet with odds" on the come out roll - which is simply because you can only bet with odds when the roller is going for the point. A pass line bet with odds is when you're making a pass line bet on the point, and then placing an extra portion of money down just below your bet (more precisely, half over the bottom bar of the pass line, so half on half off). This 'odds bet' pays off slightly higher than the 1 to 1 the pass line pays. Basically if you've understood this, you can learn how to play craps.
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