The Biggest Lies about Online Craps

by Michael Stevens
on May 9, 2018

Many craps players see online casinos as a suitable alternative to the land-based version. If you don’t have time to make it to a brick-and-mortar casino, then you enjoy fun craps action at an internet site.

You get the same table layout in internet craps along with a chance to cyber roll the dice. Online casinos also do a good job of offering a realistic atmosphere.

But despite internet craps’ good qualities, some people don’t play because they’ve been sold on lies about the game. The reverse is also true, where people come into online craps with unrealistic expectations.

Neither situation is good for the online game, which is why I’m going to expose the biggest online craps lies in this post. These lies come from both articles I’ve read and multiple players whom I’ve met.

It’s Hard to Learn Craps at Internet Casinos

The biggest lie that I’ve ever heard about online craps is that it’s a tough way to learn the game.

The people who say this claim that internetcraps is more confusing, because the board isn’t as big as those at online casinos. Instead, you’re looking at a small computer-generated board, which makes it tougher to see the different bets.

It’s true that online craps tables don’t offer large boards with clearly visible spaces. But this doesn’t mean that beginners have a tougher time learning with the internet version.

I find that online craps is an easier place to learn the game, because the software acts as a guiding hand.

The software highlights where you can place chips and make bets. This is perfect for players who aren’t certain where to place wagers.

Every online craps game I’ve played also offers small descriptions of each wager when you hover over betting spaces with your mouse (PC/Mac). This is like a small tutorial that teaches new players about the different parts of the craps board.

One more bonus is that you can use the help screen to read more on each wager if the on-table description doesn’t help enough.

Given everything thatinternet craps offers beginning players, I recommend that they play for free or real money online before heading to a brick-and-mortar casino.

Online Craps Doesn’t Have Odds Bets

“Odds” is the best bet in craps and perhapsin the entire casino. The reason why is because odds wagers don’t carry a house edge.

Land-based casinos commonly offer craps odds worth anywhere from 2x to 100x. You can back either a pass line or don’t pass line bet with odds once a point number has been established.

You won’t see odds listed on the table among regular bets. Instead, you need to wait for a point to be established and let dealers know that you’re making an odds wager.

Considering that odds doesn’t carry a house edge, you want to make this bet whenever possible. But I’ve both read articles and heard players claim that you can’t make odds wagers online.

This is completely untrue, because some online gambling providers do offer craps games with odds. You just have to know which providers to look for.

The two best include Betsoft and Playtech, which both offer up to 3x odds with their online craps games. Just like in a land-based casino, you need to wait until the point number is set before putting odds behind your pass line or don’t pass line bet.

One difference, though, is that you don’t have to let the dealer know you’re making an odds bet. Instead, you hover over the area outside the pass line or don’t pass line spaces.

If the online Craps game you’re playing offers odds, the game will highlight the area where you place this bet.

Putting an odds bet behind a pass line wager is called “taking odds.” You want to roll the point number before a 7 to win the pass line and odds bets.

Here are the payouts for taking odds based on the point numbers:

  • 2:1 payout on point numbers of 4 and 10.
  • 3:2 on points of 5 and 9.
  • 6:5 on points of 6 and 8.

Putting odds behind a don’t pass line bet is called “laying odds.” You want to roll a 7 before the point to win both wagers.

Here are payouts for laying odds:

  • 1:2 payout for point numbers of 4 and 10.
  • 2:3 for points of 5 and 9.
  • 5:6 for points of 6 and 8.

All payouts for both laying and taking odds are paid at your true value of winning. Therefore, odds bets don’t have a house advantage.

Larger odds bets let you lower the overall house edge when including a don’t pass line or don’t pass line wager.

Here are a few examples:

  • 1x odds on pass line = 0.85% house edge
  • 1x odds on don’t pass line = 0.68% house edge
  • 2x odds on pass line = 0.61% house edge
  • 2x odds on don’t pass line = 0.46% house edge
  • 3x odds on pass line = 0.57% house edge
  • 3x odds on don’t pass line = 0.43% house edge
  • 3x-4x-5x odds on pass line = 0.37% house edge
  • 3x-4x-5x odds on don’t pass line = 0.27% house edge
  • 5x odds on pass line = 0.33% house edge
  • 5x odds on don’t pass line = 0.23% house edge

You can see that there’s barely any house advantage when you take larger odds. But be aware that you also need to risk more money with higher odds.

If you’re comfortable wagering 10x or 20x your original bet, you can always opt for smaller odds. Betting any kind of odds will boost your overall chances of winning.

Online Craps Gives You a Better Chance to Win

A common theme among online casino games is that theyoffer a lower house edge than their land-based counterparts. Here are few casino games where you have a better chance online:

  • Online slots = 5% average house edge
  • Land-based slots = 6% to 10% average
  • Online blackjack = 0.5% average
  • Land-based blackjack = 1.5% average
  • Online roulette = 2.70% (European wheel is common)
  • Land-based roulette = 5.26% (American wheel is common)

Considering that certain casino games offer a lower house edge, some people automatically assume that you also have better odds withinternet craps to. But this isn’t true at all.

For starters, online and land-based casinos offer the exact same odds on every regular bet. For example, the pass line house edge is 1.41% no matter if you play online or in a brick-and-mortar venue.

Another point worth mentioning is that many brick-and-mortar casinos give you a better chance to win than the online game. This is because you can bet higher odds on land, especially when it comes to Vegas casinos.

You won’t find a better craps game anywhere than the one at Vegas’ Cromwell Hotel & Casino. The Cromwell lets you make up to100x odds bets with a $5 minimum wager.

This means you can place a $5 pass line or don’t pass line bet, then wager up to $500 in odds. Making the full 100x odds bet lowers the pass line house edge to 0.021% and the don’t pass line house advantage to 0.014%.

Main Street Station is another casino that gives you a great chance to win, because they allow up to 20x odds. You can also place a $5 minimum bet here too.

Many other land-based casinos throughout the United States offer between 3x and 5x odds. Long story short, your best chance to beat craps is by finding a brick-and-mortar casino with high odds wagers.

I don’t want to make it seem like online craps offers a worse deal. In fact, I can just as easily make the case that internetcraps gives you a great chance to win.

Online craps tables are run by software rather than human dealers. You don’t have to worry about tipping a dealer the standard $5 for every hour you’re at the table.

This alone gives low-stakes players a better chance of beating the game. Here’s a comparison between online craps and a land-based game where you’re tipping the dealer:

  • You make $1,000 in pass line bets at both types of casinos.
  • You play for 2 hours at both types of casinos.
  • 1,000 x 0.0141 = $14.10 in theoretical losses
  • Land-based casinos add $10 in tips (5 x 2 hours).
  • $14.10 + $10 = $24.10 in theoretical losses

Another good thing about internet craps is that you can bet as little as $1. Compare this to land-based casinos, where you often wager $10 or more to play.

You don’t even need to wager anything to enjoy online craps. Every online casino lets you play free craps.

Their hope is that you’ll like their casino and eventually make a deposit. But there’s no obligation, and you can play for free as long as you’d like.

Summarizing this point, land-based casinos technically give you the best chance to win due to higher odds bets. Therefore, the idea that internet craps offers a better chance to win is a lie.

But low rollers may fare better with online craps, because they don’t have to tip the dealer, and the stakes are lower.

Online Casinos Can Cheat You in Craps

Many gamblers feel comfortable playing in land-based craps, because results happen in front of their face.Some of these same players mistrust internet casinos since they can’t see how results are determined.

I’ve know longtime craps players who are still leery of online casinos, and they refuse to play through a smartphone or PC.

I understand that you can’t watch a shooter physically roll the dice and see the winning number live. But there are a few reasons why online casinos can’t and won’t cheat you.

Online craps results are determined by a random number generator (RNG). A craps RNG is programmed to offer the same odds as you’d get from playing a regular land-based craps game.

Your chances of rolling a 9 in craps are 9:1. Likewise, the online craps’ RNG is programmed to offer 9:1 odds of rolling a 9.

Of course, any casino can claim that their RNG is perfectly fair. But there have been rare instances in the past where online casinos’ RNGs weren’t perfect.

The chances of this happening these days, though, are extremely rare.  Online casino software is better than ever before, meaning you’re unlikely to see any type of software glitch or mis-programming that alters the odds.

It’s worth adding that most online casinos don’t have proprietary software. Instead, they license software from a third party that runs the games for them.

Some online software providers that offer craps include Betsoft, Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, and Realtime Gaming.

These companies need to obtain licensing in jurisdictions where they operate. Therefore, online casino gaming providers have licenses in one or more jurisdictions.

A common licensing requirement is to have your RNG audited by a third party. Examples of third-party authors include eCOGRA and Technical Systems Testing (TST).

You can check the bottom of a casino homepage to see what software they’re running. You can then look at software provider(s) and see what licensing they have.

Sometimes casinos themselves display seals for third-party auditors at the bottom of their homepage. If you see a TST or eCOGRA seal, then you know that their casinos games have been tested for randomness of fairness.

Online Craps Offer Better Comps Than Land Based Casinos

One lie that I recently read in a comparison between land-based and online craps is that the latter offers better comps. But the reality is that brick-and-mortar casinos have superior rewards.

Land-based casinos usually comp craps players at a 0.1% rate on total bets. This means you’ll receive $1 in comps for every $1,000 wagered.

You can earn an even higher rate if you make risky prop bets. But I don’t suggest doing this just for the sake of earning more rewards, because your theoretical losses will be much greater than the comps.

Online casinos usually only comp slots players at a 0.1% rate. This isn’t good considering that internet slots have a higher house edge than craps.

Meanwhile, online craps players only receive 30% to 50% of the rewards as a slots player. Here’s a comparison on to expect in terms of land-based and online casino rewards:

  • You bet $3,000 total at an online casino.
  • The comp rate is 0.05%.
  • 3,000 x 0.0005 = $1.5 in online comps
  • You bet $3,000 total at a land-based casino.
  • The comp rate is 0.1%.
  • 3,000 x 0.001 = $3 in online comps

What’s worse is that some online casinos exclude craps players entirely from comps. The same casinos also exclude baccarat, blackjack, European roulette, and video poker players from rewards, because these games all have low house edges.

The fact that land-based casinos always comp gamblers and some online casinos don’t offer anything is a black mark against internet craps.

But there’s a saving grace here in the form of deposit bonuses. Online casinos offer deposit bonuses to encourage gamblers to continue playing for real money.

These bonuses are normally expressed in the form of a match percentage. And you need to meet wagering requirements to cash out your bonus.

Here’s an example of earning a typical online craps bonus:

  • Craps bonus wagering requirements are 200 x the deposit plus bonus amount (10x slots bonus requirements).
  • The bonus offer is a 100% match bonus up to $100.
  • You make a $100 deposit.
  • 200 x (100 + 100) = $40,000 in craps bets to earn bonus.

$40k sounds like an incredible amount to earn your craps bonus. But this bonus still rewards you at a greater rate in comparison to land-based craps comps.

Here’s an example to explain:

  • $40,000 bets / $100 bonus = $400 wagered per deposit bonus dollar
  • Land-based casinos require you to bet $1,000 for every $1 in comps (0.1% rate).
  • 1,000 / 400 = 2.5x higher rate

The math shows that online craps deposit bonuses reward you at 2.5x the rate as land-based casino comps.

Again, the idea that online casinos offer better comps than brick-and-mortar establishments is a lie. But you can see that this is a complicated matter when introducing deposit bonuses into the matter.

The fact is that you can get rewarded well at both land-based and internet casinos. But where you receive the better rewards varies based on the comps and bonuses involved.

Online Craps Is Boring

Online craps can’t match the atmosphere of a land-based table. The latter features many players making pass line bets so that they’re wagering on the shooter winning rather than the house.

This leads to these same players cheering wins together and jeering losses. The result is a team-like atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in the casino.

But certain brick-and-mortar craps fans take things too far by claiming that the online game is boring. They say that internet craps is anything close to the land-based version, because you’re only playing against software.

I agree that you can’t replace the team-like camaraderie seen in brick-and-mortar casinos. But this doesn’t mean that online craps should automatically be dismissed as boring.

The internet version also features certain aspects that enhance its value. This includes the fact that you’re always the one cyber rolling the dice.

Sure, you can’t physically toss the dice like with a land-based game. But it’s nice to select the roll button and wait as the dicebounces off the wall.

You can even be closer to the land-based atmosphere by playing live craps. This version is streamed from either a land-based casino or a studio with dealers and tables.

In either case, you can interact with human dealers and see a real casino atmosphere through your screen.

This won’t replace standing at a real craps table and handling the dice. But it’s the next-closest thing for those times when you can’t get to a brick-and-mortar casino.

Conclusion

You can see that lies have been made up both for and against online craps. Some of these lies bring players to the online felt, while others keep them away.

I prefer that everybody knows the reality going into online craps so they’re neither disappointed nor expecting the worst.

The biggest thing I want people realize is that online craps is still a fine game, even though it’s not like playing at a land-based casino. It represents a great chance to learn how to play craps without the pressure of being around other players.

I also want to make it clear that internet craps doesn’t give you a better chance to win than the brick-and-mortar version nor does it guarantee larger rewards. Both matters are complicated subjects, but neither goes clearly in favor of online craps.

Seeing through the lies behind internet craps helps you make an informed decision on whether to play this game online. If you’re still unsure after reading this post, I suggest that you try it online for free.

You have nothing to lose by playing for free other than a few moments of the time. Furthermore, you can do so through a smartphone or tablet when you’re bored and looking for something to do.

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