The Ultimate Guide to Craps

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Have you ever wanted to find a single page explanation of the game of craps as it’s played in casinos throughout the United States?

If so, this post is the answer to your prayers.

I’ve explained everything you might ever want to know about the game below, including:

  • The history of the game
  • The rules
  • How to play
  • Strategy advice
  • Dice control and dice setting
  • Game variations
  • Frequently asked questions

Where possible, I’ve linked to other pages on this site that describe some of these concepts in even more detail.

What Is Craps?

Craps is a traditional gambling game played with two six-sided dice. Players bet on the outcome of the rolls on these dice. It’s now most often played in casinos, where the house covers a wide range of bets.

Craps can also be played without a casino or a house to cover the bets. In this variation, it’s often referred to as “street craps”. You’ve probably seen old movies where gamblers were shooting dice in an alleyway. That’s street craps.

Some people just call the game “dice” or “shooting dice”, although that’s much less formal.

A Brief History Lesson

I saw a page that purported to be about the history of craps which mentioned that dice have been around for over 2000 years. That’s true, but it understates the case. Dice have been around in one form or another for even longer than that.

You’ve heard people talking about “rolling the bones”?

That’s an ancient, even prehistoric expression, related to the practice of rolling the knuckle bones from sheep for divination purposes.

Okay, so we know that dice have been around forever, but what about the specific game of craps?

It has its antecedents in several other historical games played with dice:

  • Crabs
  • Hazard
  • Al Zar
  • Asart
  • Hazarth

The earliest of these games was “Asart”, or “Hazarth”, which dates to at least the 12th century. The game was played by the Crusaders to pass time between battles. It eventually become known as “Hazard”.

Around the same time, Arabian gamblers were playing a similar game called “Al Zar”.

500 years later, Hazard became a popular game played in taverns throughout England. When the game was refined to include a rule about automatically losing when “crabs” was rolled, the name changed again. (“Crabs” was a roll that totaled 2.)

The modern name of the game, craps, is a corruption of the word “crabs”.

It made its way to the United States via the French, who brought it to Louisiana in the early 19th century.

Street craps, which is the game played among players with no casino or banker, was popular among soldiers during World War II.

The Rules for Playing Craps in a Casino

Craps in a casino is played at a relatively large table. The players traditionally stand around the table, which is attended by multiple casino employees. There they wager on the outcomes of the dice rolls.

Players use chips to place bets on the layout of the craps table. This layout is made of green felt and is labeled with the various betting options. The table itself is shaped like a huge shallow oval bowl. A standard craps table is 13 feet long and 5 feet wide, which means it takes up 65 square feet. The “bowl” itself is about a foot deep.

The casino’s bank of chips is stacked on one side of the table. It consists of 50+ stacks of chips that are each made up of 20 chips. The other side of the table has a mirror on it.

The table has room for 8 players to stand around it. The edges of the “bowl” are textured with pyramid shapes. When someone at the table rolls the dice, they’re required to bounce the dice off the wall. The pyramid shapes help to further randomize the results so that players can’t get an edge by setting the dice to affect the outcome.

Most casinos have 4 employees running the game:

  • The boxman
  • The base dealers
  • The stickman

The boxman oversees the game and acts as the banker. When you buy chips (or exchange lower denomination chips for higher denomination chips), the boxman handles that transaction.

The base dealers collect and pay bets. You have one base dealer on either side of the table.

The stickman stands on the other side of the table from the boxman. He handles the bets from the center of the table. The stickman also announces the results after every roll of the dice. (He’s something of a carnival barker). He also has a long wooden stick which he uses to move the dice on the table.

These employees work as a team, and part of their job is to make sure the other employees don’t make mistakes. Craps is a fast-paced game with a lot of action and a lot of players. Mistakes are possible, and having multiple people overseeing the game helps keep the action straight.

I should also point out that when things are slow at the table, fewer employees work the craps table. You might even find some casinos with miniature craps tables that are run by two employees instead of four.

Street craps doesn’t include any of these accoutrements. There are no chips, no table, and no employees overseeing the game. The players use cash and watch each other. This post focuses mostly on casino craps, though, so I won’t get into too much more detail about the rules of street craps.

The rest of the rules involve two things:

  • How the dice are rolled and results are determined
  • What bets are placed and how they’re paid off

Players take turns rolling the dice. Whoever’s turn it is to roll the dice is called the “shooter”. If you’re the shooter, you must place one of the two basic bets of the game:

  • Pass
  • Don’t pass

These bets are based on the outcome of each round of the game. (The game is played in individual rounds, which often consist of multiple rolls of the dice.)

When it’s your turn to be the shooter, the stickman will present you with five dice – you’ll choose two of them to roll.

The first roll in each round is called the “come-out” roll. When you roll the dice, you must throw them hard enough to hit the back wall. You also must throw both dice at the same time.

You can have one of the following outcomes on a come-out roll:

  • Craps – Any total of 2, 3, or 12 means you’ve “crapped out”. Bets on the pass line immediately lose, and the player to your left gets to take over as the shooter. (“Don’t Pass” bettors win on a total of 2 or 3 and pushes on a total of 12.)
  • Natural – Any total of 7 or 11 is considered a “natural”. Bets on the pass line immediately win, and you get to keep shooting. (“Don’t Pass” bets lose immediately in this case.)
  • Point – Any other total results in a point being set—the point is the total of the 2 dice. In this case, multiple dice rolls continue the round. If that total is rolled again before a 7 is rolled, pass pays off. If a 7 comes first, don’t pass pays off.

If a point is established, you have the option of placing a bet that isn’t marked on the table. This bet is called “the odds” bet. You place this bet by placing additional chips behind your original pass or don’t pass bet. This is one of the only bets in the casino to pay off at its true odds, and it reduces the effective house edge considerably. You should always take odds when you can.

This is the basic game in a nutshell, and if you were playing street craps, these would be the only betting options you’d deal with most of the time.

But in a casino, you have a massive number of additional betting options to choose from.

You should also know about the “on” button. This is a plastic disk on the table that the dealers use to signify whether a point has been set or not. When the “on” side is turned face-up, the shooter is trying to roll a point.

I should also point out that pass and don’t pass are opposites. Any time a pass bet wins, the don’t pass bet loses, and vice versa. There’s only one exception, and that’s on the come-out roll when a 12 is rolled. In that case, don’t pass is treated as a push instead of a win.

How to Play Craps in Las Vegas or Anywhere Else

Now I’d like to get into some more of the practical gameplay details.

How do you actually play the game?

The first step is to approach the table with your cash. You’ll always put the cash on the table to have it changed into chips. You never hand it to the dealer.

In fact, you’ll notice that the dealer uses flamboyant gestures when exchanging your money for chips. This is done on purpose so that disputes about buying in are minimized. Everything is video recorded by the eye in the sky, too.

Once you have your chips, you can start placing bets, regardless of whether the next roll is a come-out roll or a point roll. Bets on individual totals (proposition bets) can be placed any time. The only real restriction on when you can place bets is based on when the shooter gets the dice – at that point, you can’t make new bets.

This sounds complicated, and it is.

But the game moves way faster than you can imagine, too.

If you’re the shooter, you have specific requirements related to how you roll the dice:

  • You can only hold the dice with one hand.
  • You must throw the dice so that they hit the far wall of the table.
  • You must throw both dice at the same time.
  • You need to keep the dice on the table.

If you don’t follow these rules, your roll is considered invalid and doesn’t count.

Every possible total has a nickname at the craps table, as follows:
Snake eyes – This is a total of 2. Since the dice use round pips to signify the number on each side, these resemble the eyes of a snake. This is also called “two craps two” during the come-out roll. You might also hear this total called “aces” during a point roll, and sometimes it’s also called “loose deuce”.

Ace deuce – This is a total of 3. Any total of 3 on two dice is going to be made up of a 1 and a 2. It’s also called “three comes three” during the come-out roll. During point rolls, you’ll hear it referred to as “acey deucey” or “ace caught a deuce”.

Easy four – This is a total of 4 that’s made up of a 3 and 1. This way of rolling a 4 is more likely than the hard four, which is covered next.

Hard four – This is a total of 4 that’s made up of a 2 and a 2. This is also often called “Little Joe from Kokomo” or just “Little Joe”.

Fever five – This is a total of 5. You’ll also sometimes hear this called “little Phoebe”.

Easy six – This is a total of 6 made up of a 5 and a 1 or a 4 and a 2. You’re more likely to get an easy six than a hard six, which I cover next.

Hard six – This is a total of 6 consisting of a 3 and another 3. You’ll sometimes hear this called “Jimmy Hicks from the sticks.”

Natural – This is a total of 7. It’s also sometimes called a “seven out”. You’ll also hear this called “big red”.

Easy eight – This is a total of 8 made up from 2 and a 6 or a 3 and a 5. It’s more likely than a hard eight, which is covered next.

Hard eight – This is a total of 8 made up of a 4 and another 4. This is also known as an “eighter from Decatur”.

Nina – This refers to a total of 9. It’s also sometimes just called “nine”. This one is also often called “Nina from Pasadena” or “niner from Carolina”.

Easy ten – A total of 10 made up of a 4 and a 6. It’s more likely than a hard 10, which is covered next.

Hard ten – A total of 10 made up of a 5 and another 5.

Yo – Also called “Yo-leven”, this is a total of 11. It’s called this so that no one mistakes it for “seven”.

Boxcars – This is a total of 12. It’s also sometimes called “midnight”. (The reference to 12 o’clock should be obvious.)

Once you know the totals, you know a lot of the possible bets, too.

But most of these bets offer lousy odds. I cover the house edge for each bet below as well as the payoffs and odds of winning.

The line bets are the pass and don’t pass bets I already talked about. These are some of the bests bets at the table with the lowest house edge. (If you don’t know what the house edge is, I cover it in a little bit of detail in the strategies section below.)

The pass line bet pays even money. It’s a wager on the shooter to win, which he does by rolling a 7 on the come-out roll or by shooting the point after it’s been set. Once you’ve placed a pass line bet, you can’t take it off the table.

The odds of winning the pass line bet are 255 to 244. The payoff is even money. This makes the house edge on this bet 1.41%.

The don’t pass bet also pays even money. It’s a wager on the shooter to lose, which he does by rolling a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out roll, or by rolling a 7 before rolling the point during the point rolls.

Unlike the pass line bet, you’re allowed to take down the don’t pass bet.

The odds of winning the don’t pass bet are 976 to 949. The payoff is even money, making the house edge on this bet 1.36%. (Notice that the house edge is slightly lower on this bet.)

I should also point out that betting don’t pass is also called “playing the dark side”. If you’re betting don’t pass, you’re also what’s called a “wrong bettor”.

Strictly speaking, the don’t pass bet has a lower house edge than the pass bet.

But some players frown on betting this way. It’s more fun to root for a shooter to win, so most of the players at the table are betting “the right way”, or the pass line. (Jimmy the Greek, by the way, was a notorious wrong bettor.)

A come bet resembles the pass bet, but it’s a bet that’s made after a point has been established. It basically treats this new roll as if it were a new come-out roll. The odds, payouts, and house edge for the come bet are all the same as for the pass line bet.

The don’t come bet is the opposite of the come bet, and it works the same way as the don’t pass bet. But like the come bet, it’s a bet that can only be made after a point has been established.

The odds, payouts, and house edge for the don’t come bet are all the same as for the don’t pass bet.

A place bet is a bet that a specific number will be rolled before a 7, but you get to choose the number. It’s like getting to establish your own point. You can make place bets on the following totals: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10. These bets pay off according to which number you bet on, as follows:

  • 4 or 10 – Pays off at 9 to 5 odds, but the odds of winning are 2 to 1. The house edge is 6.67%.
  • 5 or 9 – Pays off at 7 to 5 odds, but the odds of winning are 3 to 2. The house edge is 4%.
  • 6 or 8 – Pays off at 7 to 6 odds, but the odds of winning are 6 to 5. The house edge is 1.52%.

If you know anything about casino games in general, you already know that no casino game bet pays off at the same odds of it winning. That’s how the casino makes its money. The difference between the payout odds and the odds of winning is the house edge, which is usually expressed as a percentage.

A buy bet is like a place bet, but it pays off at the odds of winning. To ensure a profit, the casino charges a 5% commission on such bets.

The true odds (and thus the payoffs) for a buy bet are as follow:

  • 4 or 10 – 2 to 1 odds
  • 5 or 9 – 3 to 2 odds
  • 6 or 8 – 6 to 5 odds

A lay bet is the opposite of a buy bet. It’s a bet that the shooter will roll a 7 before rolling the number that’s been laid. (Again, the bettor gets to choose the number.)

The payouts for the lay bet are reversed, paying 1 to 2 for 4 or 10, 2 to 3 for 5 or 9, and paying 5 to 6 for 6 or 8.

A put bet enables you to increase the size your pass line bet or make a new pass line bet after a point has been established. You’re also able to take odds on a put bet, just like you could with a pass line bet. You can also use this option to increase the size of a come bet.

Hard way bets are bets on totals of 4, 6, 8, or 10 rolled “the hard way”. If you were paying attention earlier when I explained the various totals, you’ll realize this means a total of 4 made up of a 2 and another 2 is a hard 4, a 6 made up of a 3 and another 3 is a hard 6, and so on.

As with most of these bets, this is a bet that the total indicated will come up before a 7 is rolled.

A bet on hard 4 or hard 10 has 8 to 1 odds of winning, but pays off at 7 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%.

A bet on hard 6 or hard 8 has 10 to 1 odds of winnings, but pays off at 9 to 1. The house edge is 9.09%.

Big 6 and Big 8 are sucker bets, because they pay even money if you get a 6 or 8 before a 7 is rolled. But you could just make place bets on those totals instead, and if you do the payouts are better. (7 to 6 instead of even money).

The odds of winning are 6 to 5, but the bet pays off even money. The house edge is 9.09%.

Proposition bets are bets on a single roll of the dice coming up with a specific number. These are also called “single roll bets”. You can place the following prop bets:

  • Snake eyes (2) Pays off at 30 to 1, but the odds of winning are 35 to 1. The house edge is 13.89%.
  • Ace deuce (3) Pays off at 15 to 1, but the odds of winning are 17 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%.
  • Yo (11) Pays off at 15 to 1, but the odds of winning are 17 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%.
  • Boxcars (12) Pays off at 30 to 1, but the odds of winning are 35 to 1. The house edge is 13.89%.
  • Hi-lo (2 or 12) Pays off at 15 to 1, but the odds of winning are 17 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%.
  • 3-way (2, 3, or 12) – This is also called “any craps”. Pays off at 7 to 1, but the odds of winning are 8 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%.
  • C&E – This is a half bet on “any craps” and a half bet on “yo” made simultaneously. The odds of winning one of these bets is 5 to 1, but the payoff is halved and paid off according to which bet you win. The house edge is 11.11%.
  • Any 7 The house edge is 16.67%. The odds of winning are 5 to 1, but the bet pays off at 4 to 1.
  • Horn – 4 bets, one each, on 2, 3, 11, and 12. The odds of winning at least one of the bets are 5 to 1, and the payoff depends on which bet is won. The house edge is 12.5%.
  • World – 5 bets, the horn bet PLUS “any seven”. The house edge is 13.33%.
  • Hop – This is a bet on a specific combination of dice. For example, you might bet 5 and 1 on a total of 6.
  • Field – A bet on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. The house edge is 5.56%. The odds of winning are 5 to 4, but the payoff odds vary based on the total.

Probability, Odds, Payoffs, and the House Edge

I should explain a little bit about probability, odds, payoffs, and the house edge.

Probability is the branch of math that deals with how likely it is for a certain event to occur. The probability of something happening is always a number between 0 and 1.

Something that will never happen has a probability of 0. Something that will always happen has a probability of 1.

Probabilities can be expressed in multiple ways. One common way of expressing a probability is a percentage. If something has a probability of happening 50% of the time, we understand that it’s going to happen about half the time.

Another common way to look at probabilities is in odds format—you look at the number of ways something can’t happen versus the number of ways it can happen.

For example, if you’re looking at the odds of rolling a 6 on a single die, the odds are 5 to 1. There’s only 1 way to roll 6, and there are 5 ways to NOT roll a 6.

You can then compare the odds of winning a bet with the odds that the bet pays off to determine how much the house expects to win per bet over a long period of time.

Let’s take an example above and calculate the house edge.

You’re betting on snake eyes, and you have a 35 to 1 chance of winning. You’re betting $100 on every roll of the dice.

If you have a mathematically perfect distribution over those 36 bets, you’d lose $100 35 times, for a loss of $3500. The one time you win, you’d get paid off at 30 to 1, which results in winnings of $3000.

Your net loss is $500.

Averaged over 36 rolls, that’s $13.39 lost per roll. Since we’re betting $100 per roll, that’s easily converted into a percentage of 13.39%.

Notice that this is a long-term average over 36 rolls, but in real life, you won’t see mathematically perfect results until you get into the range of several thousand rolls of the dice.

Therefore, players sometimes walk away winners. Short term variance is what keeps the casinos in business, and it’s also what keeps gamblers coming back for more.

The Best Craps Strategies to Use

Armed with the knowledge of how to play the game and how the odds work, we can come up with what are the best craps strategies to use.

But first we must set some goals.

The first thing you need to understand about craps and any other casino game you play is this:

  • If the game has a house edge (aka, a “negative expectation”), you cannot win in the long run.
  • If you play long enough, you’ll eventually lose all your money.

That’s how the casino stays in business. They’re playing a long-term game, with thousands of customers making millions of bets per year.

Over that kind of volume, that mathematical expectation grows close to the actual results.

Individual gamblers like you and me, though, are almost always interested in the short run. And in the short run, we do have a chance to win.

With that in mind, our goal for craps ought to be twofold:

  • Give ourselves the most entertainment for our money.
  • Give ourselves the best chance of winning.

The way we do that is by calculating the average cost of an hour of playing craps. If you stick with the lowest house edge bets at the table, you can fare well, too.

You’ll average 100 rolls per hour at a busy craps table—more if there are fewer players. Let’s assume you’re betting the pass line on all those rolls. And let’s also assume you’re betting $20 per roll.

That’s $2000 per hour you’re putting into action. Since the house edge for that bet is 1.41%, you can estimate your hourly loss at $28.20.

Contrast that with what you’d expect to lose if you’re placing one of the bets with an 11.11% edge. Instead of expecting to lose $28.20 per hour, you’re now expecting to lose $222.20 per hour.

That’s a huge difference.

Therefore, the first rule of craps strategy is to always stick with either the pass or don’t pass bets (or the come or don’t come bets). Those are the lowest edge bets at the table.

Your money will last longer, and you’ll be more likely to win placing those bets repeatedly than with any other bet at the table.

But here’s something else you can do to reduce the house edge even further.

Remember earlier when I talked about taking odds?

This means you can increase the size of your pass line or don’t pass bet once a point is set.

And the brilliant thing about this 2nd bet is that it pays off at its true odds.

In other words, it’s a bet with NO house edge.

By putting as much extra money into action as you can when the house has no edge, you’re effectively reducing the house edge for the total amount of money you’re betting.

Here’s something else to understand about the odds bets:

Different casinos have different limits.

At some casinos, you can only match the size of your original pass or don’t pass bet. If you bet $20 on the pass line, the most you can bet on odds is $20.

But in other casinos, you can bet 2X, 3X, 5X, or more.

And the more money you can put on the odds, the more likely you are to win, and the longer your money will last.

That sums up craps strategy in a nutshell.

Except for advantage play techniques like dice setting and dice control. I cover that in the next section.

Dice Control and Dice Setting in Craps

The idea behind dice control and dice setting is that if you can influence the outcome of the dice by even a small amount, you can reduce the already-low house edge by enough that you can actually play with an edge over the casino.

If you could influence the dice enough to reduce the likelihood of rolling a 7, you’d be turning craps into a game of skill, much like darts.

Is this possible?

Some notable gambling experts think so, but I’m skeptical.

But if you decide you want to try this for yourself, what do you need to do?

For starters, you’re going to have to spend countless hours practicing in casino-like conditions. This means you’ll need a craps table of your own to practice on. You’ll also need casino-style and casino-quality dice to practice with.

Then look for websites, videos, or books about dice setting or dice control. These explain the techniques in terms of how to set the dice in your hands and how to conduct the actual rolls.

My suspicion is that controlling the dice in craps is harder than these system sellers might have you think. One of the reasons I suspect this is because I’ve never heard of any casinos taking countermeasures like banning players from the craps tables.

Compare that with the fuss the casinos make over card counters in blackjack. If you’ve read anything about blackjack, you know that casinos not only back players off from the blackjack tables—they even bar them permanently from the casinos.

I’ve never heard of a single instance of this happening in a casino anywhere in the world.

If you’ve heard of something like this happening, let me know in the comments.

But besides getting the information about how to do it, the materials with which to practice, and the time to spend on it, dice control probably has as much to do with faith as anything else.

Street Craps, Crapless Craps, and Other Variations on the Game

Craps doesn’t come in a lot of variations like video poker does. It’s played the same from casino to casino with some small exceptions related to the bets that are available.

But there are some variations to discuss:

The first of these is street craps. As I mentioned earlier, street craps is a stripped-down version of the game. Most street craps games focus on pass and don’t pass bets. Players have to cover each other’s bets, because there’s no casino to act as the bank.

Proposition bets are possible in street craps, too, but you have to be able to find a player to cover your bets. Most casual street craps players don’t bother.

Also, street craps is played with cash. In a casino, you’ll never play craps with actual cash. You’re required to buy chips.

Crapless Craps is an interesting variation that’s sometimes (but rarely) seen in United States casinos. In this variation, the 7 is the only number that wins on the come-out roll. Any other number becomes the point, including the 2, 3, and the 12.

In exchange for having a 0% chance of crapping out on the come-out roll, the player gives up the chance of winning with an 11.

The probabilities work out so that the casino maintains an even bigger edge over the player. Instead of the usual 1.41% house edge, you’re facing a house edge of 5.4%. You also lose the opportunity of betting don’t pass.

If you’re serious about shooting dice, you’ll probably just want to skip Crapless Craps altogether.

Bonus Craps is a variation marketed by Galaxy Gaming­. It features some additional bets that aren’t normally available in traditional craps, as follows:

  • “All Small” – This is a bet that the shooter will hit all 5 small numbers (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) before rolling a 7.
  • “All Tall” – This is a bet that the shooter will hit all 5 high numbers (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) before rolling a 7.
  • “All or Nothing at All” – This is a bet that all 10 numbers will be hit before the 7 gets rolled.

The first two bets pay off at 35 to 1, and the house edge is 7.76%.

The third bet pays off at 176 to 1, and the house edge on it is also 7.76%.

This kind of variation on a game, where larger payouts are made available, is common with casino table games.

Fire Bet Craps is a variation marketed by the Shufflemaster Corporation. (They’re the same folks who make the automatic shuffling machines at the blackjack tables.) When a shooter gets on a hot streak (which often happens in craps), the dealer marks various totals with a fire symbol on the table.

After 3 points are set, the 4th, 5th, and 6th points have big payouts on this optional “Fire Bet”, as follow:

  • 24 to 1
  • 249 to 1
  • 999 to 1

This is one of those gimmicky games that allows the casino to offer payouts that are much higher than usual.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about craps:

If I Find a Table with a Hot Shooter, What’s the Best Way to Take Advantage of the Situation?

Winning streaks are common in craps, which is one of the reasons the game is so popular.

The thing about winning streaks in gambling games, though, is that you can only spot them in hindsight.

In other words, each roll of the dice at the craps table is an independent, random event. It doesn’t matter if the shooter is on a 100-roll streak, or not, the odds on all the bets on the table are the same. And your ability to get an edge is still probably 0.

The only exception to this that I can think of is if you find a table where a practicing dice control expert is playing. The odds of that are unlikely, to say the least.

How Does the Game Work Online?

Most online casinos offer craps, and the rules and odds are essentially the same as what you’d see in a Las Vegas casino. The major difference involves how the results are generated. Most online casinos use a computer program called a random number generator to create their results. (Some online casinos, “live dealer casinos”, have actual tables, cards, and dice.)

But the random number generator powering these games emulate the probabilities you’d see when rolling a pair of six-sided dice.

Are Online Craps Games Rigged?

If you were reading carefully, you noticed that craps—and all other casino games—has an unassailable mathematical house edge. This is based on the simple fact that the bets pay off at lower odds than they have of winning.

In a sense, all casino games are “rigged” in this way.

But most people asking about rigged online casinos are interested in whether the casino can manually prevent you from winning.

The good news is that most online casinos lease their software from one of a dozen or so software providers. Since there’s no need to rig the game—the math took care of that—casinos and software developers have little incentive to cheat.

In fact, you’re more likely to run into an online casino which is going to stiff you when it comes time to pay your winnings than you are to run into an online casino where the games cheat.

Your best bet in avoiding those kinds of casinos is to look for recommendations from a trusted source. I hope you’ll consider this site trustworthy. We’ve invested tremendous amounts of time, money, and effort to create a real resource for the visitors to our site.

Do Casinos Teach People How to Play Craps?

Yes, they do. In fact, if you want to learn how to play craps, try asking anyone working in the casino if they offer classes on the various table games.

If they don’t, you can also find tables that aren’t busy, especially between the hours of 9am and 11am. The dealers (and the other players) are often eager to help new players learn the game.

Playing free games online, in conjunction with the tutorial on this page, is also a great way to learn the game before stepping up to the real money table at the casino.

Which Las Vegas Casinos Offer the Best Craps Games?

The best craps games in Las Vegas are the ones where you can bet the most on the odds bet. The Casino Royale stands tall in the city for offering the best limit on the odds bet at 100X. Many of the casinos Downtown, like El Cortez and the Downtown Grand, offer 10X odds.


Craps is one of the best casino games of all time. If you stick with the easiest bets at the table, you’ll be doing as much as anyone can expect in terms of strategic thinking. I recommend trying the free games at some of the online casinos recommended on this site to get a feel for the game before playing in Las Vegas.

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Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for since early 2016. ...

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