Are you ready to extend your gambling repertoire on your next trip to the casino? If so, back away from the slot machines, and head for the craps table. With this classic dice game, your next big win is just a flick of the wrist away.
Craps is commonly known as the most fun game on the casino floor, and for good reason! What may seem intimidating to the uninitiated will quickly transform into the most exhilarating social gambling experience that the casino has to offer following a quick introduction. While the table is littered with bet boxes and potentially confusing terminology, learning to play craps isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think. To get started, you’ll just need to familiarize yourself with a couple of bets.
The most important bet at the craps table is the ‘pass line’ bet. You’ll make this bet before the shooter begins the game with the ‘come out roll’. If the dice add up to seven or eleven on this initial roll, your ‘pass line’ bet will pay even money. On the other hand, if the shooter rolls a two, three or twelve, he or she ‘craps out’ and you lose. In most cases, however, the ‘come out roll’ will be some other number, and this is when craps gets interesting. Assuming you don’t win or lose on the ‘come out roll’, the total on the dice will establish the ‘box point’. Remember this number, because it is extremely important to the game moving forward.
With the ‘box point’ set, you’ll have an opportunity to take the best bet in the entire casino if you ‘take odds’. This bet features no house edge, meaning that you have legitimate 50 percent odds of cashing in on your wager. For this reason, most casinos will limit your bet based on your ‘pass line bet’, but it’s never a bad idea to bet as much as possible when you ‘take odds’. Simply place your chips behind your pass line bet after the point is established, and you’re ready to go!
When you’ve taken care of your odds bet, it’s time to soak in the atmosphere and hope for a repeat of the ‘box point’ roll. If the shooter rolls another combination equal to the point, you collect. However, if a seven is rolled before the point, you lose. For the majority of players, craps is just that simple. While there are other bets to consider, most have more significant house edges and are therefore less desirable. While ‘Don’t Pass’ and ‘Don’t Come’ bets feature similar odds to the ‘pass line’ bet, they are almost always directly in contrast to the common bet of the table, so they should be avoided if you want to enjoy the social aspect of craps.
If you’re ready to give craps a shot, these tips are all you’ll need to get your gambling experience off to a great start. With a little luck, a kiss of the dice and a quick flip of the wrist, you could be on your way to a bigger bankroll in no time flat!