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Online craps playing guide for beginners

Craps is one of those games that is incredibly popular in casinos, however, this popularity does not translate to online casinos as its complexities and rules slow the game down, making it not as fast-paced as other online casino games.

The game is not as intimidating as people will lead you to believe. We’re going to break the stereotype and prove that craps are every bit as exciting as the other online casino games currently available.

Betting on craps begins with a come-out roll

This is the first roll of the dice and the person who rolls it is known as the shooter. In online casinos, the shooter will be the first person to press the “roll” button. This will reveal one of three possible outcomes:

  1. Natural: This is a good one and means that your roll has resulted in a 7 or 11. You have won and can throw the dice again.
  2. Craps: If you roll a 2, 3 or 12 you’ll lose, but it’s not all bad news, you can roll again.
  3. Point: If you roll and it results in 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 the dealer will mark your Point (number rolled) on the table. Online casinos have a popup button that will appear when you have a point that says “On”. You will then roll again in an attempt to get the same number, if you do then you win.

Whatever you do, don’t roll a 7. You’ll lose and the betting round will end.

How to bet on craps

While we have covered the dice aspect of craps, it’s about a lot more than that. The first thing to understand is either betting on “Pass Line” or the “Don’t Pass Line”. If you bet on “Pass Line” then you’re betting that the shooter will win while “Don’t Pass Line” bets on them losing. If a 12 is rolled, it will become a Push bet which is neither a win nor a loss. These bets can only be placed before a Point has been made. Once a Point has been made, you will make a come or don’t come bet. You win a come bet when the shooter wins while a don’t come bet is based on the shooter losing. These bets will continue until the betting round has ended.

Proposition bets can also be made, and these are made on one roll bets. Here you will bet on what you think the shooter will roll, if you’re correct then you win.

Another betting option is place bets, where you bet on a number on the table and if that number is rolled, you’re a winner. Field bets are a once-off and you’ll win if 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled. The last option is Big 6 and Big 8 bets, and as the name implies, you’re betting on whether a 6 or 8 will be rolled before a 7.

And that’s craps in a nutshell

Once you’ve practised a few times and familiarised yourself with the numbers and what they mean, playing craps should be a breeze.