Craps is essentially a simplified version of Hazard – an English dice game that was played between the 14th and 18th centuries. Despite Hazard’s complicated rules, it was very popular in London and commonly played with cash in pubs. It underwent simplification in France in the 19th century before making its way to North America, where it’s still enjoyed in casinos today.
Craps has a big following at Cafe Casino, where you can play from the comfort of home. To start learning how to play this popular table game, open another tab with Craps Practice Play. You’ll see a table with several betting areas, dice, a “Roll” button and $1, $5, $25, and $100 chips.
Craps Pass Line Bet
You can’t roll the dice until you’ve placed a bet (between $1 and $1,000), and the easiest bet to start with is the Pass Line bet. Toss a chip on it and hit “Roll” to initiate the first roll of the round, which is called the “come out” roll. You win if you land a 7 or 11 and lose if you land a 2, 3, or 12. All other results (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) establish a “point number”.
The point number initiates a series of rolls. You keep rolling the dice until you either re-roll the point number, or roll a 7; the former pays you 1:1, and the latter takes your wager and ends the round. Let’s say you roll a 9 after placing a wager on the Pass Line. Nine becomes your point number, so you continuously click “Roll” until you land another 9 and win, or a 7 and lose.
Craps Don't Pass Bet
In addition to the Pass Line, you can also bet on its counterpart – the Don’t Pass Bar. Instead of being paid for landing a 7 or 11 in the come out roll, you’ll get a 1:1 payout for landing a 2, or 3. A 7 or 11 result in a loss, and a 12 results in a push.
Landing a point number is a bit different, too. If you land a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 in the come out roll, that number becomes the point and initiates a series of rolls, as is the case in the Pass Line bet. However, with the Don’t Pass bet, the round ends with a 1:1 payout when you land a 7, or a loss when you re-roll the point number. Try out both bets in practice play mode; you can bet on both the Pass Line and the Don’t Pass Bar simultaneously to minimize the hazard in this classic game of dice.
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