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The Basics of Craps

Among the table games, Craps often gets the reputation of being the hardest to learn. We can certainly understand why – gamblers use lots of technical terms, and there are multiple mechanics at play. Keep track of all the terms, keep track of the dice, remember what each number does. It can be a pain! But we are here to help.

Our guide will walk you through the very basics of Craps. We will not be going into any complicated strategies on how to win. Here, you will learn the terms, what each number means, and how you can combine them into a fun game. We will warn you straight off the bat, it may take a while to learn properly.

We recommend practicing a demo version and getting good before committing any money. That way, when Craps eventually make their way to Loyal Casino, you will be ready to play for real!

The Numbers

Let’s talk dice and numbers first, since we cannot explain the table without this information. As we are discussing basics, we will assume you are playing an online version by yourself.
A round of Craps starts with the come-out roll. This is the first dice toss done by the player. Two dice are thrown on the table, and can display any number between two to twelve. Depending on what you get, three outcomes are possible:

  • Natural Win: You roll a 7 or 11. This is an immediate win, and you roll again.
  • Craps: You roll a 2, 3 or 12. This is a loss, but you still get to roll.
  • Point: You roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. You will see an On appear on the table, with the number you rolled. So, if you rolled a nine, you will see On appear on top of the Nine.

When you get a point, you roll the dice again multiple times. This continues until you get the same number. In our example, the gambler would have to get another 9 to win the point. The dice do not have to be the same numbers as before – only the sum matters.

If you score a point, and then land a seven, you automatically lose, and a new round begins.

The Table

Now that we covered what the numbers mean, we can move onto the table. Once again, we are going to break this down in the simplest terms possible. When you first take a look at the table, you may be overwhelmed. What is pass or don’t pass? What does Field do? Take a deep breath, relax, and let us guide you!

Pass: You can set coins on the pass or don’t pass line, and can only do it before the first dice throw. If you place coins on the Pass line, you are betting that you will win. Whether you win by rolling a natural, or by getting the point does not matter.

So long as the end result is a win, you get money. In the same way, don’t pass means your come-out roll will be a 2 or 3.

If you get a 12, your bet turns into a push. This means you get your money back for that round.

Come: This works just like Passing, but can only be wagered on after the initial dice throw. Like before, you win if you roll a natural or score a point. You lose if you roll a craps, barring the number 12. If you land another 12, you get a push.

Proposition Bets: These are usually one roll bets that you can place on any dice throw. You effectively gamble that the shooter will roll a certain number next. There are multiple things you can wager here, and they vary from version to version. Ones that we have seen in all version are Any Seven, or Any Craps.

Hard Ways: These are a variation of proposition bets, and are very commonplace. You put money down that you will roll a 4, 6, 8 or 10 with matching numbers before you roll a 7. To win a 4 Hard Way, you would have to get a dice throw of 2-2. 3-3 for a 6 Hard Way, and so on.

Place Bets: Once the point is established, you can bet on any number on the table. Here, you are hoping this number appears before 7. You win if it does, you lose if it doesn’t.

Field Bets: This is active for only a single dice throw. You win if the numbers written on the field ( 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 ) are rolled. If any other number appears, you lose.

Big Six & Big Eight: You bet that numbers 6 or 8 will appear before a 7 is rolled.

And those are all the basics! Fortunately, Craps does not have many variations, so most games you play exactly the same. We hope our guide was helpful, and we hope to see you at the Craps table! You know, once Loyal Casino make one available for us.