If you have ever walked into a land based casino you will know that you can almost instantly find the craps tables based on the noise from players. Craps is by far the most popular casino dice game and is found at all casinos both land-based and online. This guide focuses on the games found at online casinos.
History of Craps
Modern day craps finds it's roots in a game called Hazard which was played back as far as the 1100's. The name craps was first used for the game in France in the 1700's and the game arrived in the USA during the 1900's. There is still some debate as to whether it was the British or French who introduced the game.
The game proved to be popular on the Mississippi riverboat casinos. The game was simplified a bit from the original and then spread to casinos in the US and around the world as the modern day version of craps. In the mid 1990's the game started to become available at online casinos where it is still a popular pick.
Aim of the Game
The aim of the game in craps is to correctly guess what the outcome of the two dice will be on the next roll and bet on the corresponding outcome.
A craps game consists of two dice and a table. Bets are placed on the table and the shooter rolls the dice. The first roll of any game is called the come out roll, the shooter must make at least the minimum bet on the Pass or Don't Pass bets.
If the come out roll is 7 or 11 all pass line bets win. If the come out roll is 2, 3 or 12 the pass line bets lose (2, 3 and 12 are called craps). If the come out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 a point is established and the come out roll is over. The point is identified on the table by the ON button. The shooter now continues rolling until either the point is rolled and the pass line bets win or a 7 is rolled and the bets are lots.
The don't pass bet pays when the pass line loses so it is the opposite bet. While there are a lot of different bets available on the craps table you will find that as a new player your should stick with either the pass or don't pass bets. This is due to the fact that these bets have a house edge of around 1.4%.
How to Play
You start a game of craps by placing a bet on either the Pass Line or Don't Pass line betting options. You then roll the dice and proceed from there depending on the outcome of the roll. You can choose to be the shooter (The person who rolls the dice) or just to bet and not roll.
Sequence of Play
- Place a bet
- Shooter rolls the dice
- Pass / Don't Pass bets are paid / Point is established
- If point is not established return to step 1, if not move to step 5
- Shooter rolls again
- If shooter rolls a 7 return to step 1 if not return to step 5
- Game starts again
Where to Play Craps Online
All good online casinos have at least one craps table and some have multi-player tables. You will find that all of the casinos we list have the same odds and pay offs as you would find in Las Vegas.