Basic Craps Strategy for Beginners
So you wanna learn Craps? Then read on for
a basic strategy for beginners and craps rules.
Among all of the games available in casinos,
both on and off-line, craps is unique. Craps is often known
as Casino Dice. Craps is where players wager money against
the casino on the outcome of one roll, or of a series of
rolls of two dice.
The basic concept of the game is players take turns rolling
two dice, and they all bet on the same roll, regardless
of who is rolling. The player rolling the dice is called
the shooter. The first roll of a new round is called
the come-out roll. All bets are based on the total
of both dice together, or on the specific combination of
Craps features a plethora of bets, but the most fundamental
is the pass line wager, which nearly all players
make. On a come-out roll, the pass line bettors win when
either a 7 or 11 is rolled. A 2, 3, or 12 loses, and is
When any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) is rolled,
it is called the point. Once a point has been set, the pass-line
bettor wins if the point is rolled again, and loses if a
7 is rolled first seven-out. A shooter will continue
to roll, even if they roll craps, until a seven-out, at
which point the dice pass to the next shooter for a new
The opposite of a pass line bet is the don't pass bet, which wins on a come-out roll of 2 or 3, loses on 7
or 11, ties on 12 and goes to the point round when any other
number is rolled.
In the point round the don't pass bet wins if a 7 is rolled
and loses if the point is rolled. People who bet on the
don't pass are called wrong bettors, while those who bet
on the pass are called right bettors, only because most
craps players make the pass line bet instead of the don't
In an off-line casino the craps table is run by four people.
The Boxman guards the chips and supervises the dealers.
There are two Dealers who stand at either side of
the boxman. These dealers collect and pay out players bets.
Finally there is the Stickman who stands directly
across the table from the boxman and announces the results
of each roll and then collects the dice. He is also in charge
of managing the bets made on the center of the table.
A new shooter, who must bet the table minimum on either
the pass line or the don't pass line to play, is presented
five dice by the Stickman and has to choose two to roll.
The dealers will usually insist that the shooter roll with
one hand and that the dice bounce off the back wall of the
table away from the shooter. These requirements are meant
to prevent cheating attempts by players who may switch the
dice or attempt a controlled throw.
The stickman controls the action, and tends to be the noisiest
of all the casino staff. Craps is by nature the noisiest
of all casino games with lots of shouting and excitement.
After seeing that all bets are on the craps table, the stickman
gives the dice to the shooter.
If, on the first roll, you make a 7 or 11, you've rolled
a natural and you're a winner! What you win is the
equivalent amount of chips you have bet on the pass line.
Roll a 2, 3 or 12 on your first throw and it's called craps
and you've lost. The dealer picks up your pass-line bet,
however, the shooter does not give up the dice and continues
rolling until they seven out.
If, on the first roll, you shoot a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10
that are youve established box point. The object then
is to keep rolling the dice until you make that number again.
You lose, however, if you roll a seven before making your
Craps is probably the trickiest game you'll find to play
in any casino, either on or off-line. It can be a little
daunting when beginning craps play but our advice is to
try it out and you'll soon pick up the basics.
The best basic craps strategy for a beginner to
employ is to play the line and the come, either pass or
don't pass. These are the two best areas to bet, offering
the best possible odds and will let you check out what's
happening on the rest of the table. Of course, with an online
casino, you can play for free and learn the rules that way!
Much easier to try everything out.
One last piece of advice for a craps beginner is to increase
your bets when you win, do not double up on your losses.
Craps is great fun and once you've tried it out you'll enjoy
it even more. Go online and play for fun until you pick
up what beginners craps strategy works for you. You'll find
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