Craps For Beginners

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Craps For Beginners

Craps is one of the most popular and exciting casino games there is. It’s a game in which the players make wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. The most basic principle of the game is pretty simple: you hope another player roles the number you’re betting on. There are, of course, more rules and intricacies, so let’s get into them.

One of the easiest bets to place in Craps is called “The Field.” This section is clearly labeled in the center of the Craps table. This is a one time bet for the dice to roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. The Field pays 1 to 1, which means betting $15 wins $15. 2 and 12 circled because those two numbers usually win more than a 1 to 1 rate, but it all depends on the casino. You can play The Field all night if you want to, or try to pick your spots when you feel one of those numbers is about to be rolled.

The “stickman” is the name of the casino employee who’s regulating the table, taking bets, etc. He has an on/off switch. When the switch is off, that means the “Come Out Roll” is being thrown. You’ll want to bet on the “Pass Line” and see a 7 or 11 rolled. Usually you’ll want to bet the minimum on the Come Out Roll.

The Pass Line is the most fundamental bet in Craps and it’s what most people will place their bets on. If a 7 or 11 rolls then you win 1 to 1 while the button is off. You only lose your Pass Line bet if a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled.

The button gets turned on once a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled then the button gets placed on the number rolled. At this point in time, you can place a bet on any of those numbers and only lose if a 7 is rolled. A 7 roll also means a new person gets to roll the dice. Anyone can roll the dice in Craps so if you want to give it a shot, speak up now.

The shooter is presented with multiple dice (typically five) by the stickman and must choose two for the round. The remaining dice are returned to the stickman’s bowl and are not used. While you’re the shooter, you must have a bet on the Pass Line or the “Don’t Pass Line.” The Don’t Pass Line rules are simple: they are the exact opposite of the Pass Line. Meaning, whenever the Pass Line wins, the Don’t Pass Line loses, and vice versa.

Some basics tips include:

  1. The stickman is your friend and can help with any questions.
  2. Always place your cash on the table for chips. Don’t hand cash directly to the stickman.
  3. You can put your chips down on any section of the table yourself. If you can’t reach that section, however, you can ask the stickman to place them for you.
  4. Be aware of table minimums. If it’s $15 then you just have to make sure you have $15 in bets on the table even if it’s split up between different sections.

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