Complete Craps Guide – How to Play Craps

Craps DiceCraps stands as one of the most exciting of all casino games filled with hit streaks, twists and turns, and big wins. It literally all comes down to a roll of the dice. And once you learn all of the different rules and bets, you can either play in a casino or at online gambling sites for real money.

It’s one of the most iconic images people think about when they think about casino play: dice bouncing around a craps table as people stand around waiting to see the result. Many people know that image, but they don’t know exactly how the game works. But if you do learn the rules and bets of craps, you can take part in that excitement and enjoy a game that actually provides excellent odds as well.

In the following article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about playing craps for money. We’ll talk about both casino and online play, and we’ll take you through all the bets and the odds that go with them. Finally, we’ll get into the rules and we’ll also answer some of the questions that are most frequently asked about this exciting game.

How to Play Craps at a Casino

When you play craps at a casino, you can be an active participant and take turns rolling the dice with the others at the table. Or you can be a passive participant, simply making wagers on the action. In either case, you have to understand how the game works.

We’ll talk about the different bets in another section. But just know for now that you’ll place your chips on the table on the spot denoting the different bets. You’ll also need to know which bets you can make at different points because some are only available depending on what has already happened.

Take a look at the basic structure of a round of craps.

  1. After all bets are down, a player, or “shooter” at the table rolls two dice on the table. The sum of those two dice will determine what happens next. You’ll see a black chip on the table that says “off” which indicates that this is the “come-out” roll of the round.
  2. There are a couple ways that this come-out roll also will end the round. A roll of 7 or 11 is a winning roll, and that will end the round. The next roll will also be a come-out roll, with the same shooter rolling the dice. Meanwhile, a roll of 2, 3, or 12 also ends the round. Although, as we’ll see, this is generally considered a negative outcome, at least for players who were betting on the shooter who will also give up their turn when this happens.
  3. Any other result means that the round continues, and the “off” chip will be switched to an “on” chip to indicate that a “point” has been set. The number that was rolled as the come-out becomes the point. At this point, the shooter will try to roll that number before rolling a 7.
  4. At this juncture, the shooter continues to roll until they get either the point or a 7. If they “make their point” by rolling that number before they roll a 7, they stay the shooter for a new come-out roll. But if they roll a 7 before the point, they give up the dice to a new shooter for the next come-out roll.
  5. Keep in mind that the round will continue and the “on” chip stays in place until either the point or a 7 is rolled. For example, if the point is 5, the shooter could roll 4, 11, 8, 3, 6, and so on, and that round would continue. The main bets would stay in place (although other bets could be made; more on that in a bit) until either a 7 or 5 is rolled.
  6. Once the point is made, it’s back to Step 1 to start the process all over again.

Once you understand this basic idea, craps will become much easier to grasp. Then, it’s just a matter of figuring out the table layout and how to lay down your bets, which we’ll explain in a bit. But the basic rhythm of come-out point won’t change.

How to Play Craps Online

The step-by-step guide that we listed above for playing craps with real money in a casino pretty much stays the same when you’re playing online, at least in terms of the actual gameplay. You’ll still have a come-out roll, a point, and everything that we mentioned above. What’s different is how you make everything happen, from your bets to your roll.

With most craps games at online casinos, you’ll see a simulation of the craps table on your screen, with all the typical symbols, an on/off chip, and two simulated dice just waiting to be “rolled.” You’ll also see the bankroll that you have to use (which you’ll establish by taking money from your gambling account at the start of play) along with a series of chips of different denominations. Finally, you’ll see a button you can click to roll the dice.

Before we get to craps basics, here is how you get started at an online casino to play for real money:

Find an Online Casino That Offers Craps
There will many available to you. However, we would suggest using our list of reliable online gambling sites to play craps for real money.
Sign Up and Create an Account
Once you choose where to play craps, provide your name and email address. In addition, create a username and password for easy access to your account.
Fund Your Gambling Bankroll
You’ll have many safe banking options if you use one of our recommended real money gambling sites, including credit cards, e-wallets, and cryptocurrency.
Redeem an Online Gambling Bonus
Most sites will offer you welcome bonuses for signing up. Maybe you can find one that allows you to play craps with the bonus money.
Start Playing Craps for Real Money
You can use the different dropdowns to find the craps game. Make your bets, and go for it!

Now, let’s talk about the actual process of playing craps online for money.
Online Craps

  • You’ll click on the chips that you want to use to make your bet. Then, you’ll click the part of the board where you want to place the bet. The good part about playing craps online is that the game will prevent you from placing bets you’re not allowed to make.
  • Click the “roll” button to roll the dice. They’ll bounce across the screen and land, revealing the total.
  • You can keep making wagers in between rolls as long as they’re allowed. When you make a roll that allows you to win one or more of your bets, you’ll see chips placed on top of them quickly on the table and you’ll see your bankroll rise. Some online games include a box that says “win” that shows you how much you won with that specific roll.
  • If you lose based on a roll, the chips you placed will be swept off the screen as if there was an employee next to the virtual table.
  • One other button you’re likely to notice is a “clear” button. This will help you remove any bets that you made accidentally or if you changed your mind before you make your next roll.
  • Continue playing. As long as you have the money in your bankroll to play the game, you can keep playing. If you have depleted that supply, you’ll have to replenish it to continue.

Once you play real money craps online for a while, the process of clicking on different bets will become second nature. If you play on a device that has touch-screen capabilities, you’ll see the same layout, only you’ll be using your fingers to make the different wagers.

Breaking Down the Different Types of Craps Bets

Now you know how the game of craps works in terms of the basic rhythm of play. You also know how to get started at a casino and online. It’s now time to look at the different bets that you can make and explain when you can make them and how you win them.

It’s important to know how to make those bets in terms of putting them on the table. You’ll want to pay close attention to where each bet goes. Also, in some cases, there are rules about the size of certain bets you can make that you’ll want to heed.

Pass

Craps Pass BetThe pass bet is the most basic and common of all bets in the game of craps. You’re betting on the shooter to succeed, and if they do, you win the bet. Pass bets pay off at a rate of even money, meaning that if you bet $5 and win, you’ll get your $5 bet back along with $5 from the casino (or online gambling site).

We told you above what it takes for a shooter to be successful. If they roll a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll, pass bets win. If they roll 2, 3, or 12, the pass bets lose.

Any other roll results in a point being set. If the player then rolls the point on any subsequent rolls before rolling a 7, pass bets win. However, if a 7 is rolled before the point is rolled again, they lose.

Where to Place a Pass Bet

There is a border around the edge of a craps table with the words “Pass Line” written on it. This is where you’ll place a pass bet.

When to Place a Pass Bet

A pass bet must be placed on a come-out roll. You’ll know if it’s a come-out roll when there is a black chip with the word “off” on it laid on the table. If that chip has been turned over the “on” side and is placed next to a number on the table (4,5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), it means that a point has been established and pass bets are no longer available to you.

Winning a Pass Bet:

  • The shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first roll.
  • The shooter rolls a 5. They then roll another 5 before they roll a 7.

One more important thing to understand about pass bets: They might be in play for several rolls. For example, if the point is 5, the pass bet stays in play until either a 5 (win) or 7 (lose) is made. Any other rolls in that span essentially don’t have any effect on pass bets.

Don’t Pass

Craps Don't Pass BetThe don’t pass bet is essentially a bet against the shooter. You might want to think twice about making this bet in a casino, as it’s generally considered to be in poor form and bad etiquette to be rooting against someone rolling the dice (although there is no rule against it). If you’re playing online, you can choose to make all the don’t pass bets you want without having to worry about anything like that.

In the case of a don’t pass bet, you’ll essentially be rooting for the shooter to lose. That means you’ll be hoping that they get a 2, 3, or 12 on the first roll (and no 7 or 11). If a point is made, you’ll be hoping that a 7 is rolled before the point is rolled again.

If the shooter wins, you lose. The odds are no different than what you get on a pass bet, as you’ll see when we talk about the odds for the different wagers. It’s simply the inverse of the pass bet.

Where to Place a Don’t Pass Bet

Right above the pass line, going around the table, you’ll see a section with the words “Don’t Pass Line” on it. That’s where you can place the don’t pass bet.

When to Place a Don’t Pass Bet

You can only place a don’t pass bet on the come-out roll. Look for the “off” chip to make a don’t pass wager. If you see the “on” chip instead, you have to wait.

Winning a Don’t Pass Bet:

  • The shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out
  • After the point of 8 is established, the shooter rolls a 7 before they roll an 8.

Like the pass bet, a don’t pass bet can stay in place over multiple rolls. It only is won or lost once the round of rolling is finished.

Come

Craps Come BetA come bet is the same as the pass bet in all respects for when it can be made. The come bet can be on rolls that aren’t come-out rolls. In other words, they are basically bets that are made when the point has been established and either the point or a 7 has been rolled to start the round over.

When you make a come bet, the very next roll becomes your come-out roll. The rules about what happens next are basically the same as if it were a pass bet on a come-out roll. You win and lose under the same set of same circumstances.

A come bet basically allows you to have action in between come-out rolls. The odds are no different than what you would get for a pass line bet. You could conceivably make multiple come bets and have them settled all while a pass or don’t pass bet remains in play.

Where to Make a Come Bet

You’ll see on each side of the craps table a rectangular bat with the word “come” on it. That’s where you place the come bet.

When to Make a Come Bet

You can only make a come bet on non-come-out rolls. This will be when you see the white “on” chip listed near wherever the point has been established for pass or don’t pass bets. There is really no point in a come bet on a come-out roll, as it would essentially be a pass bet and would therefore be redundant.

Winning a Come Bet:

The shooter rolls a come-out of 8. You decide to make a come wager. Whatever the shooter’s next roll is will essentially be the come-out roll for your come wager.

What’s going on with the pass and don’t pass are irrelevant at this point. If the first roll after you make the come bet is 7 or 11, you win. And if it’s 2, 3, or 12, then you lose. If it’s 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, the point for your come bet is established and you’ll be rooting for the shooter to roll the point before rolling a 7.

Don’t Come

Craps Don't Come BetHere is another bet where you’ll be rooting against the shooter. However, because this bet won’t likely involve as many people at the table, you can probably get away with it in casinos more readily than a don’t pass bet without getting dirty looks. Again, if you’re playing online, you won’t have to worry about any of that.

The Don’t Come bet is sort of the equivalent of the don’t pass bet, only it makes for the inverse of the come wager instead of the pass wager. You’ll be making the bet on non-come-out rolls. And you’ll be rooting that the round of rolling that you create with the come bet will be a loser.

In other words, if you make a don’t come bet, you’ll hope that the first roll after the bet is a 2,3 or 12 and not a 7 or 11. Barring that, you’ll be hoping that, after the point is established on this round within a round, that the shooter will roll a 7 before rolling the new point.

Where to Make a Don’t Come Bet

You’ll see the “Don’t Come” box set up right above the “Come” bar on the table, rising in a perpendicular angle from it. That’s where you’ll be placing your don’t come bets.

When to Make a Don’t Come Bet

Just like come bets, you have to wait on don’t come bets until a roll that isn’t a come-out roll. Like with a come bet, however, a come-out bet could actually impact your don’t come bet. For instance, if you’ve made a don’t come bet and the point has been established at 6, if the come-out roll for a new pass/don’t pass round is 7, you’ll win your don’t come bet, even as don’t pass bettors are losing.

Winning a Don’t Come Bet:

After the come-out roll, you decide you want to make a don’t come wager. The very next roll establishes the don’t come point at 6. The next several rolls are 4, 10, 9, and 8, none of which settle the don’t come wager.

Finally, a 7 is rolled. Since the point wasn’t made, you win because you essentially bet against that happening. This bet is one of the essentials of learning craps basics.

Odds

Craps Odds BetMany people point to odds bets, often called free odds, in craps as proof that it’s a beneficial game for bettors. The reason is that odds bets in craps are the rare bets where you have just as much chance of winning as the house. In other words, your payback percentage on odds bets, if you’re looking at a long period of wagering, will end up sitting right about the 100 percent marker.

The catch is that you can only make an odds bet to back up a bet that you’ve already placed, such as pass or don’t pass, both of which do indeed have a house edge. You’re basically adding more money to your original wager. As a result, you can ride your winnings to an even higher level if your original bet was right.

You have to realize that an odds bet will have payback based on what number has been established as a point for whatever bet you’ve made. For example, a 4 is less likely to achieve as a point than an 8, based on simple dice probability. As a result, you would get paid more for an odds bet to back up a pass with a point of 4 than you would if the point was 8.

Taking or Laying the Odds

If you’re betting with the shooter on a craps odds bet, as we explained above, it’s known as taking the odds. But you can also back up a don’t pass bet, a process known as laying the odds. Because your chances are statistically better of winning by laying the odds rather than taking the odds, your payback will be less for laying the odds than taking them.

Where to Make an Odds Bet

If you’re taking the odds, you’ll see a slim line right below the pass bar that allows you to take the odds. In the same manner, you the don’t pass bar has a slim space below that allows you to lay the odds.

When to Make an Odds Bet

You can make an odds bet only after the point has been established. In other words, you can’t make one on a come-out roll.

Betting Limits on Odds Bets

Because odds bets are advantageous to players, many casinos and online casinos often put a limit on the size of them. This limit usually comes in the form of a multiplier of your original pass or don’t pass bet. You’ll find different limits depending on the casino or online site.

One typical limit is the 3,4,5x method. This gives you the chance to bet three times your original pass/don’t pass bet if the point is 4 or 10, four times if the point is 5 or 9, and six times if the point is 6 or 8. Part of the reason this style is popular is that it helps casino employees do the math a little bit easier.

But you might be able to find games where the limits than that for odds bets. The higher the limit, the lower the house edge. As a result, you should take advantage when the limits are high if at all possible.

Winning an Odds Bet:

You make a pass bet for $5. The come-out roll is a 5. Considering that, you decide that you want to take the odds and make a wager of 4 times your original bet, or $20.

From there, both the pass bet and the odds bet will depend on whether or not the shooter rolls the point or a 7 first. If it’s the point, you win both. But if a 7 comes up first, you lose both bets.

Place

Craps Place BetWe’ve already established that the only possible point numbers in craps are 4,5,6,8,9 and 10. 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 on the come-out roll end the round and lead to a new come-out roll. With place bets, you can get action on the point numbers without having first placed a pass or don’t pass wager.

Even though you can only make place bets on non-come-out rolls, you don’t necessarily have to bet the number of the point. For example, if the point is 4, you can indeed make a place bet on the 4. But you can also make a place bet on any or all of the 5,6,8,9 or 10 as well.

The goal is to have the number of the place bet rolled before a 7 is rolled. If that happens, you win. As is the case with odds bets, the payback will be based on the likelihood of the roll.

Place to Lose Bets

With a place to lose bet, you are betting the inverse of a place bet. You’d be choosing one of the numbers we mentioned above. And you’d be betting that the 7 appears in a roll before the number you chose.

With place to lose bets, your odds are better than with regular place bets. As a result the payback isn’t as high.

Where to Make Place Bets

At the top of a craps table, you’ll see big blocks for numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. To make a place bet on one of those numbers, your chip will go in the little slim box below the number. And a place to lose bet goes in the slim space above the number.

When to Make Place to Lose Bets

While you can make a place to lose bet on the come-out roll, it only becomes active once the come-out roll has been made. You can make place or place to lose bets at any time on non-come-out rolls. And you don’t need to have made a pass or don’t pass bet to make a place or place to lose wager.

Winning a Place Bet:

Imagine that the point has been established at 8. You decide that you want to make a place bet on the 4. That essentially makes it like a pass bet where 4 has been established as the point.

At that point, you’ll win if a 4 is rolled before a 7. If it was a place to lose bet, you’ll win if the 7 comes up before the 4.

Buy

You can also do something a little different to choose a certain number than using a place bet. With a buy bet, you’re paying a slight commission on top of your wager. The reason you do this is that you get what’s known as fair odds on the bet. Your payback is exactly based on the chances you have of winning.

In all other respects, you’ll see that the buy bet works in exactly the same fashion as the place bet. There is even a version of the place to lose bet known as the lay that works the same way. The commission is 5%, which would mean that a buy bet of $20 would actually cost you $21.

Some casinos and online gambling sites don’t charge a commission when you buy the 4 or 10 unless you win the wager. Since you win or lose the buy bets and the lay bets in the same way that you would the place bets and place to lose bets, we won’t go over the whole process. Just refer to the above section. The only difference is that, to make a buy bet in a casino, you have to announce it to the casino worker who will administer a special chip to make this clear.

Hardway

Craps Hardway BetA hardway bet is the only bet on the table that relies not just on the total of the two dice but also on the specific number on each die. A hardway roll is basically one where an even number is achieved with two dice of the same value. For example:

  • 2 and 2 = 4
  • 3 and 3 = 6
  • 4 and 4 = 8
  • 5 and 5 =10

As you can see, 6 and 6 making 12 is not listed because that is a separate wager. If you were to roll a 3 and a 3 on the two dice, it would be said you made 6 “the hard way.” But if you can do it and you bet on it, you can win with nice odds.

Hardway bets can only be made on none-come-out rolls. They also are only in play on non-come-out rolls. In other words, if you’re hardway bet hasn’t been settled yet and a come-out roll comes up, your bet is basically inactive until a point is set.

Once it is, you will win the hardway bet if the dice comes up as you predicted before either a 7 or that number made without doubles. For instance, if you made a bet on 6 the hard way, and 4 and 2 came up on one of the non-come-out rolls, you would lose the bet.

Where to Make a Hardway Bet

You’ll see dice symbols for the hardway bets in the middle of the craps table indicating the different hardway wagers. Simply put your chips on the one you want.

When to Make a Hardway Bet

You can make hardway bets on non-come-out rolls. As we said above, they’ll go inactive during come-out rolls.

Winning a Hardway Bet:

After a point has been established, you bet on 8 the hard way (four and four). If a roll of four and four comes up before either a roll of 8 not done the hard way (2 and 6 or 3 and 5) or a 7, you win.

Field

Craps Field BetUp till now, we’ve been concentrating on bets that require two rolls of the dice at least before the bets can be settled. But there are also wagers that give you a chance to bet on a single roll at any time. And perhaps the most popular of these wagers is the field bet.

With a field bet, you’ll be wagering that either a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will come up on the next roll. It’s as simple as that. If you do, you win even money, although you get a little bit more on a 2 or 12 (how much more depends on where you’re playing).

The field bet is a good bet for beginners because it’s extremely easy to understand. You’re just betting on one roll of the dice and what number comes up. Everything else that’s going on in the game is irrelevant.

Where to Make a Field Bet

The field bet is generally located right below the “come” bar on the table. Listed near the 2 and the 12 in that section, you’ll see how much the table pays back if those rolls come up.

When to Make a Field Bet

You can make a field bet at any time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a come-out or non-come-out roll.

Winning a Field Bet

If you bet on the field, you’ll watch the next roll. Should the dice come up 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12, you win. But if it comes up 5, 6, 7, or 8, you lose. Once you learn the basics of craps for this bet, you’ll be ready to start playing for real money.

One-Roll

Craps One Roll BetThe remainder of the one-roll bets are simple enough that you can pretty much figure out how it works without an in-depth explanation. Again, when you make these wagers, it doesn’t matter what else is going on with the rest of the table or whether the roll is a come-out or not. You’re just trying to guess the outcome of the next roll.

Here are the remaining one-roll bets you’ll be able to make, all of which are located in the middle section of the table with clear symbols to guide you where to put your chips:

  • 7
  • Craps (2, 3, or 12)
  • 2
  • 3
  • 11
  • 12

Each of these comes with different odds based on your likelihood of that roll coming up. The less likely it is, the more it pays back.

Craps Odds for the Different Bets

Now that you know the bets, it’s time to talk about how much each one pays off. It’s also important to know how that then relates to the house edge for each wager. That will help you to understand which bets are more lucrative for you over the long haul.

Of course, that might not always be what’s important to you. If you’re a casual player, you might be more interested in the bets that earn you a lot of money on a small wager. In any case, having all the information will help you understand how to play the game in a way that suits your tolerance for risk and your hoped-for return.

Pass/Come and Don’t Pass/Don’t Come

Craps DiceFor all four of these bets, you’ll be receiving even-money payback if you win. But the house edge is slightly different:

  • Pass/Come: 1.41%
  • Don’t Pass/Don’t Come: 1.36%

As you can see, it’s slightly more lucrative to go with the negative bets. That might not win you any friends at the casino, of course. And the difference is slight enough that it might not make that much of a difference in the short run.

But in the long run, it’s more advantageous to “bet the dark side,” as craps players sometimes say. That’s why real money online craps might actually be more beneficial to you. In that scenario, you can make those don’t pass/don’t come wagers with no fear.

Odds Bets

As we said above, odds bets pay you at 100%, based on the odds and the following payback amounts:

  • Point of 6 or 8: 6 to 5
  • Point of 5 or 9: 3 to 2
  • Point of 4 or 10: 3 to 1

The inverse payback is available for the negative odds plays (in other words, betting against a point of 8 would get you 5 to 6). How lucrative the odds bets can be will depend on how much you can wager on top of your original bet. Even a one-time odds bet brings down the house edge, but the higher the limit, the better:

  • 1x = 0.8%
  • 2x = 0.6%
  • 3x = 0.55
  • 3x,4x,5x = 0.4%
  • 5x = 0.3%
  • 10x = 0.2%
  • 20x = 0.1%
  • 100x = 0.02%

If you use the same calculations with the don’t pass odds bet, the numbers get even lower. That’s why the best way to play craps with money, in terms of strategy, is to bet don’t pass with odds wagers on top of that. It will get you the closest to eliminating the house edge.

Place Bets

Many people like place bets as a way of betting a lucky number. But how does it pay back? Take a look:

  • 6 or 8: 7 to 6 payback and 1.52% house edge
  • 5 or 9: 7 to 5 payback and 4% house edge
  • 4 or 10: 9 to 5 payback and 6.67% house edge

This is where the house can play on the psychology of a gambler. Even though the 4 and 10 place bets pay the most, they are technically the worst bets. If you must make place bets, you should stick with the 6 or 8.

Buy Bets

We told you above that buy gives you fair odds for your wager. Your payback amounts are as follows:

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

If you were to go through and count all the possible dice rolls you could get for two dice, you’d see that the ratios work out exactly to those numbers above. But the commission you have to pay cuts into your payback. For games where commission is paid no matter what, the house edge for a buy bet is 4.67%, which isn’t all that great compared to some of the other wagers listed here.

Hardway Bets

You’ll find that casual bettors like to play the hardway bets for the excitement of saying they’re trying to make a certain number “the hard way.” But hardcore bettors know that you’re not giving yourself great payback with these wagers, as you can see:

  • 4 the hard way: Pays back 7 to 1 (11.11% house edge)
  • 6 the hard way: Pays back 9 to 1 (9.09% house edge)
  • 8 the hard way: Pays back 9 to 1 (9.09% house edge)
  • 10 the hard way: Pays back 7 to 1 (11.11% house edge)

It’s okay to try these bets once in a while. But if you make these craps wagers often, you’ll be doing damage to your bankroll.

Single-Roll Bets

The reason why people bet on those single-roll wagers in craps is because they want to win big with a single roll. But you’re actually giving up a lot in payback here, in a similar fashion to the hardway rolls. Take a look at the payback and house edge for these wagers:

Bet Payback House Edge
2 30 to 1 13.89%
3 15 to 1 11.11%
11 15 to 1 11.11%
12 30 to 1 13.89%
7 4 to 1 16.67%
Craps (2,3 or 12) 7 to 1 11.11%
Field Even money, 2 to 1 for 2, 3 to 1 for 3 2.78%

As you can see, the field bet is by far and away the best option of these. But in truth, you should stay away from all of these single-roll, proposition-type bets when you’re at the craps table.

Learn How to Win Playing Craps

In terms of casino action, craps might be one of the most exciting games you can play. But it also might be one of the most intimidating. A craps table features a host of symbols and numbers that can seem hopelessly confusing to someone who has never played it before.

The good news is that a lot of those unknown elements will become clear once you play the game for a little while. But the bad news is that it can be tough to get in the swing of things at a busy casino craps table, especially one where the other players know how to play and aren’t likely to wait around for you to get the swing of it. That’s why it’s a good idea to go into the action already knowing how to play.

Online craps play can be less daunting, but it’s still a good idea to understand the game if you’re going to be playing for real money at a gambling website. That’s why we recommend using our free craps simulation so you can get the hang of it before playing for money. And we also recommend reading through this guide or some of our comprehensive casino blogs before playing craps games for real money.

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If you have never played craps before, it is essential to practice. Craps can be a fast-paced game, and if you aren’t familiar with how it plays, you could be left with nothing quickly.

Craps Rules and Information You Should Know

We’ve covered a lot of the bases in this guide on real money craps. Let’s take a look at some of the rules, to reinforce what we know and introduce some new information. This will help you out when you play in an online format and when you’re at the casino.

  • The shooter is the person who rolls the dice. In the casino, that person stays in place until there is a negative roll of some sort. But when you’re playing online, the shooter will be faceless and you’ll activate the rolls by pressing a button.
  • You should go into a casino knowing the rules of craps. The casino employees likely won’t stop to answer your questions. Other players could get annoyed if you slow down the pace of play.
  • Speaking of casino employees, you’ll usually find four of them at a standard craps table. They’ll attend to various tasks, such as corralling the dice for each player, taking the money and exchanging it for chips, then adjudicating the game in terms of who gets paid and how much. Again, in an online setting, you’re the only one involved, as everything happens automatically.
  • The idea of a hot shooter is something that a lot of people believe in at craps tables. But it really doesn’t come into play at an online casino. That’s because all the dice rolls are controlled by a random number generator within the game’s software, which means that the probabilities for each roll will stay the same no matter what has happened before.
  • In casinos, there might be rules about how the dice need to be rolled to be legal rolls. You’ll find many casinos which say that you must hit one wall of the table with the roll for it to be okay. It’s a good idea to check before you decide to be a shooter.
  • As we mentioned before, there is no rule saying that you must bet on the shooter’s side when you’re playing craps in a casino. Still, it can be awkward to be rooting one way when everybody else at the table is rooting another way. We suggest that you consider whether you can handle that kind of scrutiny before trying to bet on the dark side.
  • If you’re playing craps at a casino, you’ll form your bankroll by putting cash on the table and getting the casino employee’s attention to let them know you want some chips. You can also specify how many chips you want and in what denomination. Bankrolls in online craps play come from the gambling account you’ve created.
  • When you’re finished playing at a casino craps table, you can take your chips with you and cash them out. Online players who want to get their hands on their winnings will have to make a request to withdraw funds. You’ll then have that request processed and your time for withdrawal will depend on the method, with cryptocurrency offering perhaps the fastest payback time.

Online Craps FAQ

Is Online Craps Different Than Live Casino Craps?

The odds and payback for the two versions of craps are essentially the same. And the rules for how the rolls take place and what constitutes winning and losing bets also remain unchanged. In that respect, playing online won’t be that much different from playing in a casino.

But online craps is different in that you are in charge of how fast or how slow you play. That can be a big advantage, especially when you compare it to a game in a crowded casino where you might have a hard time getting your bets in before a roll. In addition, online craps might be a better choice for new players who don’t want to deal with the pressure of knowing all the right etiquette and protocol.

Can You Play Craps Online for Real Money?

To play online craps for real money, you first have to find a top real money gambling website. You then have to fund your account in some way. Once you do, you can start playing for real money at the digital craps table.

You might be able to find free versions of online craps which can help you learn how to play. That’s a better idea instead of jumping in for the real thing. Then, once you’re ready, you can start playing for real money at the gambling website of your choice.

Is It Legal to Play Online Craps?

It’s always a little tricky to understand the legal issues surrounding online gambling. On the one hand, you might have state or even national laws that don’t say anything about online gambling being legal or illegal. But on the other hand, the person doing the betting isn’t responsible.

Most of the time, liability falls on the gambling operator being licensed and regulated in an area where online gambling is legal. The sites we recommend all operate legally in their jurisdictions, so there shouldn’t be an issue. In short, you’re going to be safe with your online craps playing as long as you choose your sites wisely.

Can I Play Craps on My Phone?

Mobile gambling apps are becoming more popular. In some cases, you can download the app onto your phone or device of choice. Some online casinos just have a mobile-optimized version of their website that you can use from your device’s internet browser.

In any case, these apps have many of the top casino games for you to play, including craps. It might take a while for you to get used to playing them on a small screen. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the convenience of being able to play real money craps whenever you want.

Get Started Playing Craps Today

Craps is not a game that’s easy on newcomers. But a lot of the complexities start to fade after you’ve played for a while. That’s why we hope this guide gets you started in the right way.

Once you do start to play, you’ll find that it’s exciting and carries solid payback. That’s a combination that any gambler would be happy to enjoy. Use this article and practice a little. We expect that you’ll become a regular at the craps table, both the casino and online version, in no time.