Craps Rules – The Basics

If you are a beginner, then you might have felt the game of Craps as an intimidating game. The classic dice game played in casinos gambling around the world, Craps is also to be found at pretty much every best UK online casino too. It’s a simple gambling game where the objective is to bet correctly on the outcome of the roll of two dice by a player – called ‘The Shooter’ – at the table. There’s greater complexity in the various permutations of bets that are possible and these are explained in more detail below.
Details of Play
The array of betting options in a Craps game means it can be as simple or as complicated as the player chooses to make it. However, a player only needs to become familiar with a few types of bet before playing to get involved and have some fun.

The focus of a bet in Craps is the roll of two dice by the player who’s designated the Shooter. The most basic bet, placed on the Pass line, is that the Shooter will roll a ‘7’ or an ’11’ on their first roll (the ‘Come Out’ roll). There are three outcomes:

Bullet The Shooter rolls one of these ‘Naturals’, and the Pass bets win at evens money.
Bullet The Shooter rolls a ‘2’,’3’, or ‘12’ (‘Craps’) and the Pass bets are lost.
Bullet The Shooter rolls a number other than a Natural or Craps. That number becomes know as the ‘Point’ and the Pass bets stay on the table.

If a Point is established, the aim of the Shooter then becomes to roll that number again before a ‘7’ is rolled. Pass bets will win if the Shooter does roll the Point, and lose if a ‘7’ is rolled first. Once a Point or ‘7’ has been rolled, the next roll becomes a ‘Come Out’ roll again.

Some bets can only be placed before a Come Out roll, whereas other types can be wagered once a Point has been established. The possible bets in more detail are:

The Pass Bet
As mentioned above this is the basic bet in Craps. It is a bet that the Shooter will roll a ‘7’ or ‘11’ on the Come Out roll or, if he/she fails but establishes a Point that they will make that Point before the next ‘7’ is rolled. Pass Line bets cannot be removed or altered once a Point has been established.

The Don’t Pass Bet
As mentioned above this is the basic bet in Craps. It is a bet that the Shooter will roll a ‘7’ or ‘11’ on the Come Out roll or, if he/she fails but establishes a Point that they will make that Point before the next ‘7’ is rolled. Pass Line bets cannot be removed or altered once a Point has been established.

The Come Bet
This bet operates like a Pass Bet but can only be placed on the Craps table once a Point has been established. The Come Bet is handy for players joining the table, letting them take part in the betting between successive Come Out Rolls. The Come Bet wins if the next roll after its placed is a Natural, and loses if Craps is thrown. Any other number becomes the players Come Point and must be re-rolled before a 7 to win. Again like the Pass Bet, this wager cannot be reduced or removed after it’s been placed.

The Don’t Come Bet
The opposite of the Don’t Come Bet allowing players to place a Don’t Pass-style bet after a Point has been established on the Craps table.

The Place Bet to Win
This bet can be made once a Point has been established. This bet is made on the Shooter rolling a selected number out of ‘4’, ‘5’, ‘6’, ‘8’, ‘9’ or ‘10’ before a ‘7’. The payoff for a win depends on the number the player has bet on.

The Place Bet to Lose
This bet can be placed at any stage in the game. It is the opposite of the Place To Win Bet, with a player betting that a ‘7’ will be rolled before the place number. As with the Place To Win Bet the payoff for a win is affected by which number the bet has been placed on.

The Hardway Bet
‘Hardways’ are numbers achieved by rolling a double, other than ‘2’ and ‘12’. A Hardway Bet is that the Shooter will roll a specific Hardway number (‘4’, ‘6’, ‘8’ or ‘10’) before they roll a ‘7’ or that number the ‘Easyway’ (i.e. different numbers on each dice). The odds for these bets vary according to the Hardway number bet on.

The One Roll Bet
These are simple bets to predict the next number to be rolled. The payouts are based on the number chosen, and the player immediately loses or wins depending on the next roll of the dice.

Field Bet
Similar to a One Roll Bet, but with lower risk, the Field Bet is a wager that any number other than ‘5’, ‘6’, ‘7’ or ‘8’ will be the outcome of the next roll. A ‘2’ or ‘12’ pays double the bet.

Any Craps
Another type of One Roll Bet predicting the next roll will be Craps, i.e. ‘2’, ‘3’ or ‘12’.

Any Seven
A one-shot Bet that the next roll will be a ‘7’.

Horn
The Horn is simply a bet on the next roll being any Craps or ‘11’. Four chips are required.

Playing Online
The Craps games at best online casinos sites are very often excellent facsimiles of the real-world game. The rules above should be enough to get a new player going, but we had always recommend reading the game guides at any free online casino you’ve chosen to play to see if there are any variations in its game, and to understand how betting and rolling the virtual dice is achieved with its software. Also look out for demo or free play versions of the casino’s games, as these are great ways to test-drive the game controls before playing for real-money bets.