How to Play Online Craps

Online Craps is a fun  game that many people avoid because they think it is too complicated. Although there are payoffs that are mathematically challenging, that is not the concern of the player. The player merely places his or her bet, and if the right number rolls, the player is rewarded with the appropriate payout.

In its most elementary form, craps is an even simpler game than the game of blackjack. The basic wager is to place a chip or chips on the “pass” or “don’t pass” line. This makes the player either a “pass line” player or a “don’t pass” player, also called a “don’t” player”.

The first roll of each game is called the “come out” roll. If the player is on the “pass” line and a seven or eleven rolls then the player wins even money. This is to say that, if the player has a $5 bet and a seven rolls on the “come out” roll then the player is paid another $5. However, if a two, three or twelve rolls, then the player loses their original $5. Rolling a two, three or twelve is known as rolling “craps”. If any other number comes up, (four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten) then that number is called the “point”.

Once a “point” has been established, then the object of the game for a “pass line” player is for that number to be rolled again before a seven is rolled. If a player is playing the “don’t pass line” then that player is rooting for the opposite outcome. The “don’t” player wants a seven to be rolled before the “point” is rolled again. Both “pass line” bets and “don’t pass” bets pay even money.

The player also has the option of placing “odds” behind a “pass” or “don’t pass” bet once a “point” has been established. Doing this will increase the amount of money the player wins if the “point” is rolled. This is also a very simple concept. If the player wants to place “odds” on the “point”, the player merely drops down multiples of the original bet. For example, if the original “pass line” bet is $5 and the player wants to place “odds”, the player will drop down additional multiples of $5, up to the table maximum. If the “point” is four and a four rolls before a seven then the player will be paid $5 for his “pass line” bet and double the amount of any odds placed. So if the player had a $5 “pass line” bet and $10 “odds”, the player would win $25 and still be up to win again. The “odds” payoffs are different for each number, with the four and ten paying the most and the six and eight paying the least.

Once the player masters the “pass line” bet then the player can try some of the other bets available on the layout. A natural transition would be to try a few “come” bets. These are bets that can be wagered after a “point” has been established. These bets are made by placing a betting unit in the part of the layout called the “come”. A “come” bet is basically a “pass line” bet but for subsequent rolls. For example, once a “point” of six has been established, the player can further his betting action by placing another $5 in the “come”. Say a nine rolls, you have now established a “come” point of nine for yourself. You can also place full “odds” on any “come” bet. If a nine is rolled again before “sevening” out, then the player wins money on the original bet, also called the “flat bet” and on the odds. If the player had a $5 “flat” bet on the nine and $10 “odds”, the player would win $5 on the “flat” and $15 on the “odds” for a total of $20, plus the return of the original $15.

“Don’t” betting is probably the most complicated bet on the layout. The “don’t” player is betting the seven will come up before the “point”. The “flat” bet for “don’t” players pays the same — even money. The “odds” for a “don’t” bet, or the “lay” as they are properly called, are a little more perplexing. They are the opposite of “pass line” odds. If the player puts five dollar “odds” on his “pass line” point of eight, the player expects to win $6 on the “odds” plus the “flat’ for a total of $11. On a “don’t” bet the player must “lay” $6 to win $5 on a “point” of eight for a total of $10 if the seven comes before the eight.

The player might also want to consider making “place” bets as well. A “place” bet is one where the bet is placed directly on a particular number. It is not left up to the roll of a dice to determine what that number will be. A very common bet after the “come out” roll is for the player to “place” the six and eight for $6 each. This is a proper bet and it means that the player is betting $6 to win $7 should either a six or eight roll.

There are a multitude other bets on the craps layout as well. Many of them are located in the center of the layout and most are one roll bets. In general, unless the player likes losing money, they are to be avoided. The odds of rolling a particular set of numbers on the very next roll are low and thus a poor use of your bankroll. An exception would be to play the “hardways”, which means rolling a pair of twos, threes, fours, or fives. For example two fours would be called a “hard” eight. This is not a one roll bet. The player is betting that a “hard” eight will roll before an “easy” eight, such as a five and three.

Craps, at its basic level, really is an easy, exciting game to play. Most people that give it a chance, enjoy it.

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