# The Ins and Outs of Craps: Odds and Strategies

With knowledge of craps odds players can improve their skills and develop craps strategies at online casinos.

Over the years craps has earned itself a reputation for being one of the more complex and demanding casino games, but like many other "common beliefs" this stigma peels off when actually playing the game. To hone one's skills in craps and ultimately master the game, one should understand how the game's odds work to employ and develop different strategies for wiser bets.

Dice Combinations

Craps is played with two dice, meaning that there the range of possible numbers is between 2 to 12: this means that the dice can be rolled in 36 different ways. There are rolls which can come out based only on 1 possible dice combination: 1+1 or 6+6, so odds for hitting these two hard numbers are 1:36. The higher the payouts, the harder it is to roll the combination. 7 is the number with the highest probability since it can be made of six different combinations; it's followed by 5, 8 and 9.

Odds System

With that in mind, players should differentiate between odds of 2-stage bets (Pass/Don't Pass/Come/Don't Come) and specific number bets such as 2 or 12, place 6 or 8 or Hardway. For example, winning odds for the most common and popular Pass Line bet are 251 to 244 with a payout of 1:1. Go further to the middle with Hardways and see the stark difference: for example a 6 or 8 bet would have 10 to 1 odds with a 9:1 payout – house edge is much higher here.

Strategy

Equipped with an understanding of the odds and outcomes, think of every wager before you roll. As demonstrated above, the Pass Line bet is the safest with the lowest house edge. It's common for beginners to combine Pass Line bets with Come Line bets which are followed. Take heed of the numbers and odds and utilize them to success.