Craps
The game of Craps is considered America's most popular gambling game. Because the Craps
table uses
unfamiliar language, it is often considered very complicated. However, after learning the terminology it is, in
reality, quite easy. In the middle of the Craps table are what is known as proposition bets. This includes all
one
roll proposition bets. The House has an advantage on these bets of from 2.778% on the "field" to 16.667% on
any 2 or 12. For this reason, we will not be going into detail on any of these bets. If you want to win
consistently,
you want to stay away from these bets.
You may stand at either end of the table, as both sides contain exactly the same bets. If you
were the first player
at the table you would stand at one end of the long table and the stickman would let you pick a pair of dice.
You,
being the "shooter", would have to bet on either the pass line bet or the don't pass. The first roll of the dice
is
called the "comeout" roll.
If the dice thrown on the comeout roll total 7 or 11, ( a natural) you win and are paid 1 to
1. (You would then bet
and roll another comeout.) If the dice thrown total 2, 2 or 12 (a crap) you lose. (The dice would then go to
the
next player for another comeout roll.)
If the dice thrown total 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 then the total becomes the "point". You are more
likely to win than lose
on the comeout roll. However, once the point is made, the odds turn against you.
If 7 comes up, you lose the bet you made at the beginning. If the point comes up, you
win.
Pass Bet Rules:
Comeout roll: Natural 7 or 11 you win
... Crap 2, 3, or 12 you lose
... ... ...
Point rolls: 4 5 6 8 9 10 you win
... 7 you lose
DON'T PASS BET
If the dice thrown on the comeout roll bet total 7 or 11, you lose. 2 and 3 win, and on 12
you "push" (neither
winning nor losing).
If the dice come up 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 as before, this becomes the point. After this, if 7
comes up first, you win.
To lose, the point must come up.
Don't Pass Rules:
Comeout roll: Natural 7 or 11 you lose
... Crap 2 or 3 you win
... Crap 12 push
... ... ...
Point rolls: 4 5 6 8 9 10 you lose
... 7 you win
COME BET
After a point has been made, you may place a bet in the space marked Come. This has almost
the same rules as
pass. 7 or 11 win, crap 2, 3 + 12 lose. When a new point is established, the bet is moved to the appropriate
box
above the come space. Then the bet wins if the point appears, loses if 7 appears first. Payment again is 1 to
1.
DON'T COME BET
After a point has been made, you may place a bet in the space marked Don't. This has almost
the same rules as
don't pass. 7 or 11 lose, crap 2 + 3 win, 12 is a push. When one of the point numbers comes up, the bet is
moved
to the appropriate box. Now you want 7 to come up before your don't come point number. After what you have read
so far is understood, you can "lay the odds". A bet not even on the Craps table.
Let's say you have made a pass line bet and point 5 has been established. You may now bet a
like amount by
placing it behind your pass line bet. This means an "odds bet" on 5. If 7 turns up before 5, you lose both bets. If
5
turns up before 7, you win both bets.
On a come point the bet is the same. You identify the point to the dealer saying for example
"odds on 5". He will
place your bet on top of your come bet.
If the comeout roll intervenes this, the odds bet is off unless you specify to the dealer
that you wages "work" on
the comeout roll.
ODDS Payoff ( by exact odds )
Points Odds
4 or 10 6 to 3
5 or 9 6 to 4
6 or 8 6 to 5
To maximize the odds, you should bet 3 units of the table minimum so you may always get full
odds.
Pass + Come Don't Pass + Don't Come
Point Payoff Bet Payoff
4 or 10 2 to 1 6 units 3 to 6
5 or 9 3 to 2 6 units 4 to 6
6 or 8 6 to 5 6 units 5 to 6
In this way, if the point is 5 or 9, you may be a full 6 units ( more than the original bet )
instead of the actual odds
of 4 1/2 to 3.
Work on your game and begin this way: 1st bet only on the pass line. When you have learned
the game well
enough, bet full odds on the point rolls. Then make come bets and bet full odds on point rolls. ( You can at
this
point bet don't pass or don't come with full odds. )
Craps is a game that take a while to get used to. However, once you have got the feel for the
game, craps is
one of the most exciting casino games there is.
