We get it. You want to learn the best way to play craps. After all, casinos are buzzing with energy, and walking through one without absorbing some of that energy is next to impossible. If you’re like us, you can’t help but feel yourself being pulled, almost if by magnet, toward the direction of all that screaming, cheering, and clapping.
As you let your ears lead the way, chances are you’ll end up at a craps table where you’ll find people hugging, stacks of chips being pushed towards craps players, and everyone talking about how hot that run was.
And just as soon as you’re about to join them, you realize you have absolutely no clue how to play craps. So let us enlighten you.
The first thing to note when you’re first learning how to play craps at the casino is that while craps looks incredibly complicated, it actually has just two stages to worry about.
First Stage: Come-out Roll
First, you have the come-out roll. That’s the very first roll of the dice that determines whether the game comes to a sudden end, or whether the game continues. If the result of the rolled dice is a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12, it’s game over. That doesn’t mean everyone loses. It means that winning bets are paid out to winning craps players, and losing bets are taken by the house. A new come-out roll takes place with a new shooter.
If the roll of the dice is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, the game continues. Whatever was rolled becomes the shooter’s point for the next stage of the game.
Second Stage: The Series
The shooter continues rolling the dice until they either hit their point from stage 1 again or they roll a 7. In either case, bets are paid out or collected, and a new shooter takes the dice and enters Stage 1.
Now that you know how to play craps at a casino, you’re almost ready to put your money down and start winning. But before you do, you’ll need to know exactly what you’re betting on.
The craps table looks complex for the majority of players, mostly because there are so many different bets you can place. In this post, we’ll cover the most basic craps bets you should know if you want to learn how to play craps in Vegas.
Pass Line Bet – If you think the shooter will roll either a 7 or an 11 on the come-out roll, put your chips on the Pass Line Bet.
Field Bet – When you play the field in craps, you’re betting that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will be rolled.
Other Bets – Of course, these are just the most basic craps bets you could make. There are hardways bets, one roll bets, place bets, don’t come bets, and so much more. Learning the types of craps bets is a lot like cramming for an 11th grade chemistry test and trying to remember the periodic table of elements. Except with craps, you can actually win money.
Anyway, we’ll save the craps table lesson for another day. In the mean time, use our quick guide on how to play craps at the casino and see how much fun playing craps really can be.