Traditional Craps is played on a very large table and is probably the loudest game int he Casino. This game is one of the more complicated to learn but there is now a machine operated version of this game, known as New Craps that You can play and learn at Your own pace. If You want to learn on a real table, I suggest You take the training that is offered by almost every casino on a daily or every other day basis.
The game is played with a set of dice. To start the game a player rolls the dice to establish a POINT. The point can be established if the number rolled is a 4,5,6,8,9 or 10. any other number before the point is established will result in a win or a loss. If You win or lose depends if You are playing the pass or don't pass line. Most People play the pass line and since that is the most common, that's how this will be explained. The don't pass line is exactly the opposite to the pass line. A roller is still the roller until He makes a point then loses the point. You lose the point when a 7 comes out after the point. The the game starts over with the next roller.
The player rolls to start the game. If the roll is a 7 or 11 the pass line wins, if the roll is a 2,3 or 12 the pass line loses, if the roll is a 4,5,6,8,9,10 then that number becomes the POINT. then the roller on the pass line wants that number before a 7 in order to win. Once a point is made say a 6 then the roller is only interested in a 6 or a 7, a 6 to win and a 7 to lose. If any other number rolls, it means nothing to Him/Her.
You can place a bet call "odds" by placing a pass line bet then when the point is established place a equal or larger bet (amount depends on the casino rules) behind the pass line. that bet will get You true odds for the point instead of just even money. When taking Your "odds" the casino advantage for the total game is reduced drastically. It is always a good idea to take Your "odds". This is something that can be explained in a craps lesson very easily.
You can also make a Place bet. A place bet is a bet that You can pick Your number. A place bet returns better than even money but not true odds. For instance, place a bet on the 4 or 10 and You get paid 9 to 5 instead of 2 to 1 (true odds). The 5 and 9 will pay you 7 to 5 and the 6 and 8 will pay you 6 to 5. This is also very clear in a craps lesson.
Known by true craps players as a stupid bet. This area of the table is a one roll bet and the odds are about like roulette at around 5 percent advantage to the casino. Its a fun, no thinking, easy bet. The field looks inviting because it has so many numbers 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,12 and it pays double on the 2 and 12. What doesn't it have? The most common combination of numbers, 6,7 and 8.
Come and Dont Come bets
These bets are exactly like the pass and dont pass bets except they are bet when the point is already established. That way if You walk up to a craps game in progress and want to play the pass line, You would basically start Your own game against the house. The reason You would not just put Your money on the pass line is that You would not get the benefit of getting paid if a 7 or 11 comes out. So You put your money on the Come line instead and if the next roll is 7 or 11 You get paid while all the other People lose their point bet. The dont come is just the opposite.
There are lots of bets in the middle of the table that are known as sucker bets because the house has as much as a 7 percent advantage but drunks routinely call out these bets. "Hard eight" 100 dollar horn bet, etc.. stay away from these bets no matter what.
The best way to learn this game is with a friend that knows the game and will let you stand beside Him/Her and tell You what is happening as the game is being played. It will take a few sessions to catch on but You can learn the basics in one session and be ready to learn a little more on each session there after.
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