How To Play Craps
Craps is a fast paced, exciting game and the Craps tables are often the loudest places in a casino. Despite what at first might look like an intimidating game table learning the rules of Craps really isn't difficult and our guide tells you everything you need to know to get started.
In a game of craps one person known as the shooter rolls two dice with one hand and bets are placed on the predicted total of the dice. All Bets must be placed before the shooter throws the dice, of course. There are always 4 casino dealers watching a craps table in a real world casino. The "Boxman" watches the chips and surveys the entire table, the "Stickman" handles the dice and declares the totals of the dice roll and 2 other dealers keep track of players bets.
In a real-world casino every player at the table can have a chance to roll the dice and The dice are passed counter clockwise after each round (it is not compulsory for players to take a turn as the shooter). When a shooter throws their first roll of the dice this is called the "come-out roll".
If the total of the roll of this throw equals 2, 3 or 12 this is known as craps and all players lose their Pass Line bets ("Don't Pass bets" win). A total roll of 7 or 11 (also called "a natural") means a win for any Pass Line bets (all "Don't Pass bets" lose).
The shooter will continue to roll until he rolls a 4, 5, 6 8, 9 or 10 and this number then becomes the Point, the dealer will take a "buck" and place it on the Point number and the second phase of the shooter's game begins. The shooter continues to roll the dice and scoring the Point number means a win for all bets on the Pass Line but a total of 7 (also called a "Seven Out") means all Pass Line bets are lost and the shooter's turn with the dice comes to an end.
While beginner's usually start with "pass Line bets" there are actually lots of different bets that can be taken including betting on single numbers, come and don't come bets and propsition bets
Read our beginner's guide to the various Craps bets here
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