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Understanding the Craps Table Layout

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If there’s one casino game that attracts the most attention and causes the most excitement, it’s definitely Craps.

But if you’re used to the simplicity of Casino War (high card wins) or even Roulette, Craps can seem way too intimidating—especially if you’re seeing the Craps table layout for the first time.

Pass line? Come bet? Field? Hardways? Is this a casino game? The Da Vinci Code? Or a foreign language?

Both, actually. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. In today’s post, we’re going to walk you through the Craps table layout so that you know what’s happening the next time you join the crowd at a Craps table.

After reading our terminology run-through, you’ll probably still havea few questions about how to play Craps. We’ll walk you through a typical game in an upcoming post. But right now, we want to get the Craps table layout terminology in your head so that you can understand how and why Craps players are winning.

Craps – It’s the name of the game, and it’s also the name for the numbers 2, 3, and 12.

Pass Line – Drop your chips on the pass line and you’re betting that the dice will pass (or win).

Don’t Pass Bar – Throw your chips on this section of the Craps table layout and you’re betting that a seven will be rolled before a point ends up being repeated.

Come – If you’re betting inside the come box, you’re betting that the dice will pass. Bets made on this section of the craps table layout are placed after the come-out roll.

Don’t Come – You’re betting the opposite of a come bet. Fairly straightforward.

Field – In the Field section of the Craps table layout, you’ll notice the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Put your money here and you’re betting that one of those numbers will be rolled.

6:8 – This is kind of like a field bet, except you’re putting your money on 6 and 8. The “6:8” design varies, depending on the craps table layout. Just look for the big 6 and 8 to place your bet.

Place Bets – In the Place Bets box, you’ll notice the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. Throw you’re money down on one of those numbers and you’re betting that the number will be rolled before a 7.

Hardways – When you place a hardways bet, you’re betting that a 4, 6, 8, or 10 will be rolled as a pair before they’re rolled as a non-pair. So, if you bet on an 8 on the hardways section of the craps table, you’re betting that a 4-and-4 will be rolled before a 5-and-3 or any other combination of 8 is rolled. You’re also betting that you’ll hit the matching pair before a 7 is rolled.

One Roll Bets – You’ll see this listed on a craps table as sort of a headline for a group of sub-bets. If you place your chips under the ‘One Roll Bets’ section of a craps table layout, you’re betting on the very next roll. And if your exact dice rolls hits, you’re paid out according to the odds.

Any Seven – You’ll find this under ‘One Roll Bets’. You’re essentially betting that the next roll will be a 7.

Any Craps – Throw your chips here and you’re betting that a 2, 3, or 12 will be rolled next.

Still confused? Don’t be. Our terminology is easy to understand if you walk through a typical craps game. We’ll run through one in an upcoming post, so stay tuned.

Andy Cunoi

Andy is a common guy with an uncommon passion for blackjack. Currently he lives in San Francisco, California. Andy enjoys writing about gambling. Loves a simple life and his writing reflects that. He also enjoys music festivals a lot.