Craps is one of the more sophisticated casino games and now it can be played online, not only at Craps Casinos, but available in instant flash download for free for our visitors. The Craps table has many diverse ways to make a bet, but the pass line bet is the most basic with 7 and 11 making wins. 2, 3 and 12 are losing numbers and all others are called “the point”.
Craps is a game played with two dice where the players bet on the outcome of a roll or multiple rolls of dice thrown by the shooters. Although formally played at casinos, Craps because of its simplicity, can be played pretty much anywhere that you have a flat surface and two dice. From back alleys, to small rooms and even war zones, Craps has been a popular game for centuries.
The most intimidating of casinos games because of the excitement, clustered table and of course its ability to lure you in, there are many different ways to play this game. But for the sake of time and confusion I will just give the basic bets when beginning the round and the ones with the best odds for the player.
Let’s focus on the Pass Line bet which is the most basic and has the best odds. To start, place your bet on the area marked Pass Line. Following this, the shooter will roll the dice which is the Come Out roll, which if he rolls a 7 or 11, you win. Another roll will be taken whereas a 2, 3 or 12 will mean you lost. The third Come Out roll will take the player to the point round if a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 are rolled. After these 3 rolls, you will either have lost, won or moved on to the point round. Craps is played in rounds as the game progresses along.
The shooter must put a least the minimum bet for that specific table on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line. He will then be given 5 dice from the Stickman and will pick 2 of those 5 to use in this round. Each throw of the two dice must hit the back of the table wall so as to ensure that the player is not manipulating the roll/dice. When the player finally craps out the dice will be passed along to the next player. You can always decline to roll the dice and pass it along to the next player. A round can take either a matter of seconds or as long as you don’t “seven out”. To give you an idea of how long it can take, the world record is 4 hours and 18 minutes (154 rolls of the dice) which occurred at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. in 2009.
If your strategy is nothing more than to make money, than the Pass Line bets and Don’t Pass Line bets are the best ways to win at this game. For all its excitement and action, many people consider most of the other bets “sucker” bets. Logic and reality seem to lose its meaning as once you get to the table and experience the excitement and camaraderie, you’ll be pulled into the action and enjoy making those “sucker” bets.
There is also a strategy called the Parity Hedge System which is as elusive and mysterious as the Lock Ness monster. A system created by a Japanese man in the 70’s where many Vegas casinos were taken for millions of dollars. Legend has it, that the system was so good that the man was found dead in the desert a few days later.
With too many terms to be listed, I will focus on the most used terms when playing the game.
2-Way, 3-Way Craps, Aces, Box Numbers, Come bet, Come out roll, Crap Numbers, Hard Way, Hi-Lo-Yo, Lay Odds, Natural, Outsides Numbers, Place Bet, Proposition Bet, Seven Out, Snake Eyes, World Bet and Odds Bet.
Crapless Craps is a common game in the Vegas casinos but it is mostly played in the southern state of Mississippi. Sold to players as a better opportunity to win as the player cannot loss a pass bet on a Come Out roll, there is more than meets the eye. Unfortunately because of the way the odds work, the houses chances of winning on the pass lines increases from 1.41% to 5.38%
Simplified Craps would be a good start for beginners and for those a bit intimidated by the other type of Craps games. Without the confusion of side bets, you simply roll the dice and whatever the outcome, you win or lose. Players enjoy this simplified game, but for the sake of simplicity and ease, the sacrifice is that the house odds increase.
Bank Craps has found its popularity increasing with the advent of online gambling. All bets are made against the house and there is also a special table layout as well. A string or wire is strewn over the surface of the table while all roles must be over that wire. For Pass and Don’t Pass, the odds are in the area of 1.4%
Other variations are New York Craps, High Pont Craps and Die Rich Craps.
Craps is thought to have originated in the Middle East as far back as the 12th century. Some believe the term comes from “al-zahr” which is the Arabic name for dice. While some say that it goes back to the Crusades or is a form of the English game “hazard”. It is said that the game was brought over to North America via New Orleans and its cadre of French sailors.
Obviously it has developed over the years and has made its way into the casinos and online video gaming, but I am also confident Craps will always find its way to back alleys and in the war zone of soldiers trying to make a buck or whittle away the hours.
Who could forget the Craps scene in James Bond’s Diamonds Are Forever. With Bond’s busty new “friend” who was tossed into the pool from the hotel room, I am confident that many men went out and learned how to play this game overnight! From Oceans 13, The Cooler and Indecent Proposal, it is hard to forget any scene featuring this exciting game. But the most memorable for me was from the movie Casino with Sharon Stone. Although a casino hustler always on the make, she was savvy enough to steal Sam “Ace” Rothstein’s heart (Robert De Niro) and make his life miserable. I guess it goes to show you that falling for a girl “working” the Craps table is not a good idea.