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Rules of Craps – Newbie’s Guaranteed Success!

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In contrast to the beliefs of many, gambling and becoming a professional online player, takes strategy, time and dedication. The best way to be good at any game is by REALLY understanding its rules. You might even have to become a NERD if you wish in order to succeed at your strategy. Craps is no different and if you’re playing it, why not master it?

Craps is all about the rolling of the dice and number 7! With that clear, let’s talk all about the dice and the great number 7:


  • How do Craps dice work? When two dice are rolled, any number between 2 and 12 can come up. Remember, there are six different ways to roll a 7, but only one way to roll a 2 or a 12. The number 7 has 16% more chance of being rolled each time. The odds for other numbers are as follow: 6s and 8s under 14%, 5s and 9s nearly 11%, 4s and 10s almost 8%, 3s and 11s slightly less than 6%.
  • How do I place my bet? Put your wager somewhere on the pass line. If the number rolled on the come-out is 7 or 11 you win and are paid 1:1. You would then bet on a new come-out roll. If the dice thrown total 2, 3 or 12 (a “crap”), you lose your bet. If the total is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number becomes the “point.”
  • Say again? If you make a pass line bet and a point of 5 has been agreed upon, you can bet an amount equal to your pass line wager by placing it behind your pass line bet, but outside the pass-line strip. This means an “odds bet” on 5. If 7 turns up before 5, you lose both bets. If 5 is thrown before 7, you win both bets.
  • Why 7? 7 It’s the popular number most frequently rolled. It wins if it comes up on the come-out roll. If 7 is rolled while the shooter is trying to repeat her/his point number, the 7 loses, but the point number wins. When another shooter rolls the dice the first time, it’s called the “come-out” roll. Supposing the shooter rolls a 7, then a 5, that means the 5 becomes the point. The shooter continues to roll the dice until his point number (in this case 5) repeats or he “sevens-out” (rolls another 7). When either of these things occurs, that one round is over. The, a new shooter makes a new come-out roll.
  • What is my best bet? The odds bet is the best bet you can make in a casino because the house has absolutely no edge. The casino will pay you true odds. For example, if you’ve bet pass line with odds and the point is 10, you will receive a 2-1 payment on your odds bet. The amount you win depends on what the point is, and how difficult it is to roll that point number. On points of 4 or 10 the pay-off is 2 to 1, on points of 5 and 9 it’s 3 to 2 and on points of 6 or 8 you get 6 to 5.

These points should really make a difference to your game. Care to try your luck? Our monthly promo for September might be appealing to you in that case. If you have something to share yourself please feel free to leave me some love in the comment section.

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.