Craps for Beginners
Read our beginner’s guide to Craps and learn the basic rules of the game!
The rules of Craps can be overwhelming and intimidating for new players. However, once you learn the basic rules you will be well on your way to becoming an experienced Craps player. With this guide, you will be better poised to understand the basics so you can start playing this exciting casino game.
Basic Craps Rules
To begin the game, a player will roll two dice – this player is known as the shooter. This player must place the minimum table bet on the Don’t Pass line or Pass line. There are two phases involved in this game – the point and come-out. The come-out is the beginning of the round where the shooter places a come-out roll. If that roll is 12, 3 or 2 then the round will end and the shooter Craps out. The Pass line bets will also be lost if this occurs. If the come-out roll is an 11 or 7 then players with Pass line bets will win. The shooter will then roll until a 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, or 4 is rolled. Once one of these number is rolled, it will become the point and the point phase will begin. During this phase, the point number is considered to be a winning roll for Pass line bets and if the shooter rolls a 7 it is a loss and the round is over.
The optimal strategy for Craps is fairly straightforward – just place a Don’t Come and/or Don’t Pass bet. This is called playing the dark side because most players place the opposite bets. If you do not want to bet this way, then you can stick with Come and/or Pass bets. You should also back up bets with full odds based on the maximum allowable odds. This is 5X on 8 and 6, 4X on 9 and 5 and 3X on 10 and 4.