Your ultimate guide to the dice game Craps

By Mitch Rice

In both online, and land-based casinos counterpart, there are plenty of table games to choose from to entertain and delight you. But when it comes to dice games, Craps is king. It has a long history as one of the favourite casino games amongst players, withstanding the test of time and now involving advanced technology in live casino versions. If you fancy placing your luck on the roll of the dice, then let us guide you through the ultimate dice game, Craps!

This popular casino game originally derived from the 14th century English dice game Hazard, where rolling the losing numbers two or three were known as ‘crabs’. The game was brought from London to New Orleans in the beginning of the 1800s, initially with the spelling ‘Kraps’, and was played mostly by the lower class, thanks to its simplified rules. The game had a resurgence of popularity during the First World War, as it was then played amongst the young American soldiers of every social class.

The basis of the game involves betting on what you predict the total number will be on a pair of dice once they are rolled. You don’t even need to be the shooter – the person that throws the dice – to bet on the outcome.

The game is played in rounds, with a bet on either ‘pass’ or ‘don’t pass’ lines, which essentially means if you think the shooter will roll a winning number or not. The first roll is the ‘come-out’ roll and if the numbers on the dice total to seven or 11, then the pass line bet wins. On the other hand, if a two, three or 12 is rolled than the pass line bet loses – just like in the original game of Hazard – whereas the ‘don’t pass’ bet wins.

The shooter then moves onto the point-based round. Here, they aim to roll the exact same total as the first ‘come-out’ round – known as the point number. If they succeed the ‘pass’ bet wins again, and a new round begins. Now is when the number seven really comes into play. The shooter has to match the point number before rolling a seven as this ends the game, and they ‘seven out’, losing the pass line bet. In this round, all the losing or winning numbers from before (two, three, 11 or 12) do not affect the outcome or bets being won – it is only the point number or a seven that are important here.

Once the number seven has been rolled, the game for that shooter has ended, and in a land-based casino the dice are passed onto the next player, clockwise around the Craps table. Pass and don’t pass are the basic bets for this game, but other side bets are available such as ‘pass odds’ and ‘don’t pass odds’, and ‘come’ and ‘don’t come’ bets.

In a brick-and-mortar casino, the shooter must use one hand to roll the dice and hit the far wall surrounding the table with the dice before they land and come to a stop. There are some famous names of rolls in Craps that are well-known amongst players, although local variations do occur, such as ‘Snake Eyes’ for double ones, ‘Ace Deuce’ for a two and a one, a ‘Yo’ for a five and six, and ‘Boxcar’s or ‘Midnight’ for double six.

Nowadays, the game of Craps has adapted with the times and evolved into a live online version. Through the virtual doors of an online casino, you can play live Craps on any device, with a human dealer, but an innovative mechanical arm throwing the dice into play. So, why not place your bets with or against the shooter, and watch on your screen to see where the dice land.