Craps is also referred to as game of dice, where players bet on the outcome of the roll, or several rolls or a pair of dice. Everybody, except the house, can with together. Players may bet against each other (street dice, also known as rolling or shooting dice) or a bank (casino dice, also known as just craps or table craps). Street craps require little equipment, which means that it can be played in a casual setting.
History of Craps
The history of craps dates back to the Crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries. French gamblers brought back many influences after going to the holy land to fight Islam. The American version of craps was introduced in New Orleans by Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville. There was a flaw in his version of craps in which players could use fixed dice to exploit the casino and take advantage of how gamblers can wager with or against other players. John H. Winn, an American dice maker, introduced the betting option “don’t pass” to fix this problem and this is the version of craps that is still being played today.
Street-style craps became very popular among solders in World War II. The soldiers used an Army blanked as a shooting surface when playing.
How to Play Craps
Although craps seems to be an intimidating game, the reality is that it is not that difficult to play. As a matter of fact, players only need to master a few bets to play like a professional.
The “pass line” bet is basically the most important bet that you need to know. To place this bet, put your chips on pass line prior the “come out roll.” If you roll a 7 or 11, you will earn more money. If you roll a 2, 3 or 12 (craps out), you lose. However, if you roll any number, then that specific number becomes the “box point” and if the same number is rolled for a second time before the shooter “sevens out,” you win.
The house has an edge of 1.41% on a pass line bet. The opposite bet is the “don’t pass” bet and has a smaller house edge. You should however avoid this bet unless you are playing online.
After establishing the point, you can “take odds.” This is another bet that the box point has to be rolled prior a 7. This is actually the single best bet in a casino since it pays true odds. This means that the house doesn’t have an edge. For this reason, casinos usually limit the amount you can bet here. Most casinos will allow 3-4-5x odds.
If you play this game by placing a pass line bet and exploiting the odds, the house only has an edge of 0.374%. You will not find a place for this bet on the table. You place this bet by putting your chips behind your pass line bet establishing the point.
Once you have understood this strategy, you can include “come” bets. This is similar to pass line bet, but players can place this bet before any other roll than the come out roll. The next roll for your come bet will become the come out roll. Place your chips on the come line prior the roll to place a come bet. The come bet and pass line bet allow you to take odds and the math is the same. After establishing the point, toss your chips and say “odds on the 6”. Your chips will be moved to the point by the dealer.
You will find many craps bets at casino; however, it is important that you learn how to play for real money.