THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR

ALL CRAPS LOVERS!


craps guide


This full guide will teach you everything you want to know about the game of Craps. First, we’ll go through some fun facts and how people started playing it. Then, I’ll help you with placing bets and increasing your chances. Sounds good? Let’s roll the dice!

CONTENTS


Craps is a dice game, which means that the players make wagers on the outcome of the roll. The game is fun and engaging and is played throughout the world in both casinos and in the street.

Players can wager money against each other (playing “street craps”) or a bank (playing “casino craps”, also known as “table craps”).

CHAPTER 1

FUN FACTS ON CRAPS


Fun Facts on Crap


In this chapter I will give you some really interesting facts about Craps.

I will tell you where they are found and how popular they are today.

In later chapters I will lead you through most important rules and terms.

Craps emerged in the United States by simplifying the western European game of Hazard. Hazard was brought from London to New Orleans around 1807.

Interestingly enough, both Hazard and this newly developed game were not so accepted by Americans of the social class. For this reason, the game was introduces to the local underclass.

The central game, called Pass (from the French word “pas” for pace or step) was being gradually supplemented by many similar games which were played simultaneously.

This collection of games is called CRAPS (which is actually a mispronunciation of the word “crabs”, the joint epithet for the numbers two and three, which are the only permanent instant losing numbers in the Game of Hazard).

Craps became widely popular during the Second World War. Many young American men of every social class came to the military and the street version of Craps was played widely among soldiers, who often played it on an Army blanket using it as a shooting surface.

CHAPTER 2

THE GAME INSTALLMENT


Ceaps Installment


In this chapter we will go through most important terms.

I will show you how the game is set.

 

Bank craps or casino craps is played by one or more players who bet against the casino and not against each other. The game is played on a large rectangular table around which both the players and the dealers stand. So, usually nobody sits during the game of craps, unless he or she is unable to stand due to certain medical issues.

Most often, the only person who sits is the boxman, behind the casino’s bank and he manages the chips and supervises the dealers.

There are two base dealers who stand on the either side of the boxman and they collect and pay bets to players.

A stickman is the person that stands directly across the table from the boxman. He takes and pays the bets in the center of the table and announces the results of each roll. He is also the one to move the dice with a long wooden stick.

On the other hand, in “street craps”, there is no official and real table. The game is played without real back-stops against which the dice can hit. Of course, there are no employees – attendants, which means the players themselves supervise everything.

The game is often played in houses on an improvised ground for the dice.

People usually play it with real money, not with chips.

CHAPTER 3

GAME RULES


Craps Rules


This chapter is about the rules of Craps.

We will go quickly and smoothly through all of them.

Let’s begin!

Like in all other casino games, it is the house that determines exact rules. Casinos can define the bets and different payouts for them. Players can bet on the various options by placing chips directly on the marked section, or they can ask the base dealer or stickman to do so. This depends on the bet being made. The rules are generally the same in both live and online casinos. The only difference is from casino to casino, and this is why if you are playing online you should always check the terms and conditions of the casino you are signing up for.

The player who rolls the dice is called the shooter.

While the player “shoots”, he or she must have a bet on the “Pass” line and/or the “Don’t Pass” line. These lines are also sometimes called “Win” and “Don’t Win” or “Right” and “Wrong” bets.

Since the game is played in rounds, these bets are made on the outcome of a round. The shooter is presented with multiple dice by the stickman and then he or she must choose two for the round. The remaining dice are returned to the stickman’s bowl and are not used, unless necessary (if one of the dice ends up on the floor, for instance).

Every round comes in two phases. One is “come-out” and the other is “point”.

To start a round, the shooter makes one or more “come-out” rolls. The shooter must shoot toward the farther back wall and he or should hit the farther back wall with both dice. Both dice are tossed at the same time.

A come-out roll of 2, 3 or 12 is called “craps”, and anyone who bets the Pass line loses. But, those who are betting the Don’t Pass line win with a roll of 2 or 3 and pushes if a 12 is rolled.

Players can continue with rolling the dice after crapping out. The dice are only supposed to be passed if a shooter rolls a seven after a point has been established. A come-out roll of 7 or 11 is a “natural”; the Pass line wins and Don’t Pass loses.

The other possible numbers are the point numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. If the shooter rolls one of these numbers on the come-out roll, this establishes the “point” – to “pass” or “win”, the point number must be rolled again before a seven.

The dealer flips a button to the “On” side and moves it to the point number. This signifies the second phase of the round.

If the shooter hits the point value again before rolling a seven, the Pass line wins and then a new round can start.

If the shooter rolls any seven before he or she repeats the point number, the Pass line loses, the Don’t Pass line wins. After this the dice is passed to the next new shooter clockwise.

Once a point has been established any multi-roll bet (including Pass and/or Don’t Pass line bets and odds) are unaffected by the 2, 3, 11 or 12, the only numbers which affect the round are the established point, any specific bet on a number, or any 7. Any single roll bet is always affected (win or lose) by the outcome of any roll.

As long as a point has not been established, any player can bet on either Pass or Don’t pass or Come or Don’t Come as long as a point is established.

All other bets can be made at any time. For instance, you can bet on increase in odds behind the pass and don’t pass lines.

All bets other than pass line and come may be removed or reduced any time before the bet loses. This is known as “taking it down” in craps.

The shooter is required to make either a Pass line bet or a Don’t Pass bet if he wants to shoot. On the come out roll players can only make one bet on the Pass or Don’t Pass, but they can also bet on both if they wish. The Pass Line and Don’t Pass bet is optional for any player not shooting. In rare cases, some casinos require all players to make a minimum Pass Line or Don’t Pass bet (if they want to make any other bet), whether they are currently shooting or not.

How to join the game

A person who wishes to join the game of craps without being the shooter needs to come to the table and check if the dealer’s “ON” button is on any of the point numbers.

  • If the button has been turned to “Off”, then the table is in the come-out round, and a point has not been established.
  • If the dealer’s button is “On”, the table is in the point round where casinos will allow odds behind an existing Pass line to be bet. However, some casinos do not allow new pass line bets while a point has been established.

There is always a period between dice rolls in which dealers make payouts and collect losing bets. After this players can place new bets. The stickman needs to watch and then he or she decides when to give the shooter the dice, after which there can be no more betting.

When you wish to join the game, you need to place the money on the table. The money should not be given directly to a dealer, because everything has to be transparent, especially if someone requires checking security camera footage.

Rolling the Dice

When it comes to rolling the dice, there are certain rules that need to be followed. To prevent any possible cheating or controlling the way the dice will come down by your hand, it is required that the shooter throw the dice with one hand and that the dice hit the far wall of the table.

If the dice falls on the floor, the shooter may use it again after the boxman checks the dice and see if everything is fair. But usually, the shooter is given another dice from the remaining three.

CHAPTER 4

KEY TERMS IN CRAPS


Key Terms on Craps


This chapter is about the most important terms and notions in Craps.

You will easily master each of these terms and their meaning.

In the game of Craps, there are some notions useful to remember. This is typical Craps terminology.

  • Two is “snake eyes“. This is also very often called “two craps two” during the comeout roll and “Aces” or “double the field” when not on the comeout roll to remind the dealers to pay double on the field bets and encourage the field bettor to place subsequent bets and/or when no crap bets have been placed. Another name for the two is “loose deuce“.
  • Three is typically called as “three craps three” during the comeout roll, or “three, ace deuce, come away single” when not on the comeout to signify the come bet has been lost and to pay single to any field bettors. Three is also sometimes referred to as “ace caught a deuce“, or even less often “acey deucey“.
  • Four, usually hard, is sometimes referred to as “Little Joe from Kokomo” or “Little Joe on the front row” or just “Little Joe“. A hard four can be called a “ballerina” because it is two-two (“tutu”).
  • Five is often called “no field five” in casinos in which five is not one of the field rolls and thus not paid in the field bets. Other names for a five are “fever” and “little Phoebe“.
  • Six is often called “Jimmie Hicks” or “Jimmie Hicks from the sticks“, examples of rhyming slang. On a win, the six is often called “666 winner 6” followed by “came hard” or “came easy“.
  • Seven rolled as 6-1 is sometimes called “six ace” or “up pops the Devil“. Those who have been playing for years are likely to use the term “Big Red” because craps tables once had a large 7 in the center. During the comeout, the seven is called “seven, front line winner“, frequently followed by “pay the line” and/or “take the don’ts”. After the point is established, a seven is typically called by simply “7 out“.
  • Eight rolled the hard way, as opposed to an “easy eight” is sometimes called an “eighter from Decatur“. It is also called “square pair“, “mom and dad“, or “Ozzie and Harriet“.
  • Nine is called a “centerfield nine” because nine is the center number. Other names for the nine include “Nina from Pasadena“, “Nina at the Marina“, and “niner from Carolina“. Interestingly enough, nine is also sometimes called “Old Mike” because Michael Jordan wore the number 45.
  • Ten rolled the hard way is “a hard ten“, “dos equis” (Spanish, meaning “two X’s”, because the pip arrangement on both dice on this roll resembles “XX”), or “Hard ten – a woman’s best friend“. Ten as a pair of 5’s may also be known as “puppy paws” or “a pair of sunflowers” or “Big Dick” or “Big John.”
  • Eleven is called out as “yo” or “yo-leven” to prevent being misheard as “seven“.
  • Twelve is known as “boxcars” because the spots on the two dice that show 6-6 look like schematic drawings of railroad boxcars. Another way to call a twelve is “midnight“, and “double-action field traction“.

If you are not sure what “hard” and “easy” mean, it depends on whether they were rolled as a “double” or as any other combination. Hard way rolls are called like this because there is only one way to roll them, i.e. the value on each dice is the same after the dice have been rolled.

It is more possible to get two different numbers, and hence this way is called easy.

CHAPTER 5

TYPES OF BETS


Craps Bets


In this chapter you will see what are the bets used in Craps

I will explain how exactly to bet

And you will see how to increase your chances

We shall focus now on different types of bets that can be made in this game. There are quite a few, but once you get acquainted with them and practice a bit, you will be a master of betting in craps.

Pass line bets

This type of bet is placed on “pass line”. You will the bet if the COME OUT roll is 7 or 11 and you lose the roll is 2, 3 or 12.

If the roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, you get the point. To win this bet, you need to roll the point before a seven is thrown.

In case a seven is rolled before the point, the bet loses.

Once a point is established, the player is not allowed to change or remove his or her bet.

Don’t pass line bets

This bet is placed on “don’t pass bar”. You can with the bet when the roll is 2 or 3 and you will lose in case you roll 7 or 11. If 12 is rolled, it is a tie and the game keeps on.

If the come out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, the point is established and in order to win the bet, the player needs to roll a seven before the point is rolled again.

In case the point gets rolled before seven, the DON’T PASS bet loses.

Once a point is established, the player is not allowed to change or remove his or her bet on the craps table.

Come bets

A come bet can only be placed after the point has been established. This bet has the same rules as the Pass line bet.

The come bet is to be placed on the come field on the Craps table.

You can win the bet if the roll is 7 or 11 and you will lose in case a 2, 3 or 11 is rolled.

If the come out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, a come point is established.

To win the wager, the come point has to be rolled before seven is rolled. In case seven is rolled before the come point, the bet loses.

Once a point is established, the craps player is not allowed to change or remove his or her bet.

Don’t come bets

A don’t come bet is placed on the don’t come bar. You can if the roll is 2 or 3 and you will lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled.

If 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 are rolled, a come point is established. To win the bet, a seven should be rolled before the come point.

If the come point repeats before the player rolls seven, the don’t come bet loses.

Once a point is established, the player is not allowed to change or remove his or her bet.

Place bets

The PLACE bets are placed only on these numbers: four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten.

Place bet to win

The WIN field is where the players can place bet to win bets. You can win the bet by rolling the place number before a seven is rolled. The bet loses, in case the seven is rolled first.

The place bet to win may be placed or removed at any time.

Place bet to lose

The LOSE field is where the players place Place bet to lose bets. You can win the bet by rolling seven before the place number is rolled. The bet loses, in case the place number is rolled first.

The Place bet to lose can also be placed or removed at any time.

Free odds bets

In craps, there are also free odds bets. Free odds bets can be placed on the point or on the come point.

Make sure you bet the right amount so that the payout you would get is even. On four and ten, the payout is always even. On six and eight, you should bet in multiples of $5. On five and nine, you should bet in multiples of $2.

Always keep in mind that the PASS/DON’T PASS bet determines the Free Odds bet’s value!

Free odds after PASS line bet

This bet matches your original pass line bet and is placed only after the point has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as with the PASS LINE bet.

If the pass line bet wins, both the original pass line bet and the free odds after pass line bet are paid.

The bet may be placed or removed at any time, once the point is established.

Free odds after DON’T PASS line bet

This bet matches your original don’t pass line bet is placed only after the point has been established.

The rules for this bet are the same as with the don’t pass line bet.

If the don’t pass line bet wins, both the original don’t pass line bet and the free odds after don’t pass line bet are paid.

The bet may be placed or removed at any time, once the point is established.

Free odds after a COME bet

The free odds come bet matches your original come bet and is placed only after the point is established. The rules for this bet are the same as with the come bet.

In case the come bet wins, both the original come bet and the free odds after a come bet are paid.

The bet can be placed or removed at any time, once the point is established.

Free odds after a DON’T COME bet

The bet matches your original don’t come bet and is placed only after the point is established. The rules for this bet are the same as with the don’t come bet.

In case the don’t come bet wins, both the original don’t come bet and the free odds after a don’t come bet are paid.

The bet can be placed or removed at any time, once the point is established.

HARD WAY BETS

This bet can be placed on 4, 6, 8 or 10.

In order to win the bet, you have to roll the specified number as a double (the hardway) before a seven is rolled or rolling the number as a non-double (the easyway). If you do not succeed, you lose your bet.

The bet can be placed or removed at any time.

BIG 6 BET

To win the Big 6 bet, you need to roll six before seven is rolled. In case seven is rolled before a six, then the bet loses.

The BIG 6 bets may be placed or removed at any time.

BIG 8 BET

To win the BIG 6 bet, you need to roll eight before seven is rolled. In case seven is rolled before a eight, then the bet loses.

The BIG 6 bets may be placed or removed at any time.

FIELD BET

The FIELD bet is placed on the FIELD field on the craps table. To win the FIELD bet you need to roll two, three, four, nine, ten, eleven or twelve. The FIELD bet loses if five, six, eight or seven is rolled.

HORN BET

The HORN bet is placed on the EEEEE/CCCCC IMAGE field on the craps table and the players may place the bet on E, C or both. The E bet wins in case eleven is rolled, while C wins in case two, three or twelve is rolled. The E/C bet wins in case two, three, eleven or twelve is rolled.

You may want to watch this short and useful video which can help you increase your chances of winning at Craps.

CHAPTER 6

PLAYING ONLINE CRAPS


Online Craps


And now a little about playing Craps from your home

This is about the Internet version of Craps and its benefits

When it comes to playing craps online, many players enjoy it for various reasons. Even if there is no a live casino around you, you have the opportunity to play Craps. Another important thing is that if you don’t like the casino or the casino rules, you can always change it, and find any that you like on the internet.

Craps Online also provides more betting options than in a live casino.

The best thing is that online Craps casino offer free money bonuses.

Of course, before starting a game of Craps, you would want to acquire all the rules, types of bets and basic concepts behind the game. It is important to know the game because this increases your chances of winning.

This is why playing Craps online is really great because you can play it for free, without losing any money, and thus practice and learn to play it much better.

Definitely, there are players who just love that live atmosphere of a Casino, and if it works for you, go for it. But it is said that for the game of Craps you need a great deal of concentration, so having a peaceful and quiet atmosphere may be needed. This is why playing in an online casino from the comfort of your own home is a great benefit. It is especially advisable to do so if you are a beginner since at first you will definitely need more concentration.

Nevertheless, it is all about your personal preferences. Playing Craps is always fun and it is great to make money in this engaging gambling game.