A Casino Player’s Guide to Craps

Craps is a popular gambling dice game played in casinos across the US and Europe. While it’s not that popular in UK land-based casinos, you’ll have no trouble finding Craps tables on an online casino site.

The idea is pretty simple: after an initial ‘Come Out’ roll is made with two dice, players place bets on the outcome of the next rolls. In a land-based setting, players take it in turn to be the ‘shooter’ and roll the dice. Online, the whole action is controlled by the player and computer.

Getting Started: How To Play Craps

A wildly exciting dice game played in live casinos, Craps loses none of its excitement online. The game kicks off with a ‘Come Out’ roll. This is the first roll and it determines the ‘Point’.

If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, the Point is set. If a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 is rolled the dice are tossed again until a Point comes up.

Now it’s time to place your bets. The dice are rolled, and winning bets are paid out by predicting the outcome of the next roll. If a 7 or the Point are rolled, another Come Out roll takes place and the action begins again.

Popular Craps Bets

There are dozens of bets available in Craps, and the table layout can be a bit confusing if you’ve never played the game before. Some bets can be placed before a Come Out roll is made; others are made after the Come Out roll.

Pass Line
This bet is placed before a Come Out roll and wins 1/1 if a 7 or 11 is rolled. Remember, if 7 or 11 comes up, a Point still has to be set, so Pass Line bets can carry on until one appears.

If a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled you lose – it’s Craps. Any other number becomes the Point. If the Point is rolled before a seven, your bet also wins.

Don’t Pass Line
This is the opposite of a Pass Line bet, and also pays 1/1. Also placed before a Come Out roll, you win if a 7 is rolled before the Point.

Free Odds
This is a good back-up to the Pass/Don’t Pass bet. You can gamble up to 3x your stake that the Point will be set before a 7 appears. It pays 2/1 for 4, 3/2 for 5 or 9, and 6/5 for 6 or 8.

Another popular even-money bet (1/1), the Come bet is placed after a Point has been set. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled it becomes the Come Point and your bet is moved to the corresponding box. To win, the Come Point must be rolled before a 7.

Don’t Come
The exact opposite of a Come bet, you win an even-money bet if a 3 or 2 is rolled after the Come Out roll.

This is a one-off bet that pays 1/1 if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 appears. The 2 or 12 actually pay out double.

Bigger Craps Bets

If you’re just getting used to the betting and gameplay in Craps, these even-money bets are best to stick to. But there are some big outside bets that can also be placed.

Any 7
This bet goes on the ‘SEVEN’ area of the table. If a 7 is rolled you win 4/1 your money.

Any 11
Like the Any 7, this bet pays out if you hit a 5 & 6 (for a total of 11). 15/1 is the payout.

Betting on the next dice being a double (2&2, 4&4, etc), the Hardway pays 7/1 or 9/1 depending on the outcome.

Understanding The House Edge In Craps

Every casino game has a house edge, and Craps is no different. The casino will have an advantage on each roll as you are restricted in what you can win on (because of the Point number).  Every Craps wager has its own house advantage, so you need to structure your bets accordingly.

Pass/Come:  1.41%
Don’t Pass / Don’t Come: 1.36%
Pass Odds / Come Odds: 0%
Don’t Pass Odds / Don’t Come Odds: 0%
Field: 2.78%
Big 6 / Big 8: 9.09%
Lay Bet 5 & 9: 3.23%
Lay Bet 4 & 10: 2.44%
Lay Bet 6 & 8: 4%

Finding A Top Casino Bonus For Craps

Craps is a fun and furious casino game that can reward some decent prizes if you have a good strategy. It might not be an interesting strategy, but sticking to the even-money bets like Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come is best.

If you’re getting a hang of the rules, always gamble with free-play cash until you understand what’s going on. Then dip into your bankroll and put your Craps play towards a bonus. Most bonuses will allow Craps play to contribute to a bonus ‘play-through’ amount (generally in the region of 20%). If you use a sensible strategy you can work off a bonus in no time.

Online Craps FAQs

How Do You Play Online Craps?

Craps is a casino game of chance played with two dice. Players bet on the outcome of the two dice after they rolled on the virtual table.

Is Craps Widely Available At Online Casinos?

Yes. Look for it in the ‘Table Game’ section of the online casino. You might also find it listed alongside other dice games.

Can I Play Craps For Free?

Some games allow ‘free play’ so you don’t risk your bankroll. Freeplay is a great way to learn the rules, and Craps has a lot of different bets and rules.

What Are Craps Payouts Like?

Most popular Craps bets may out even-money (1/1) but big-money wagers can range from ‘Any 7’ (4/1), ‘Any 11’ (15/1), and the Hardway (7/1 or 9/1).

Am I Restricted To Just One Craps Variant?

Generally, online casinos will have just one version of Craps for real money.

Can I Trust Online Craps Software?

Yes. The outcome of the Craps dice is governed by RNGs (Random Number Generators) which are tested to ensure they are truly random on a regular basis.

Can Craps Online Games Contribute To A Welcome Bonus?

Yes. Check the bonus terms before you play, but Craps tends to contribute 20-50% towards your bonus ‘play-through’ total.