Craps, despite its reputation as a complicated game, is a popular casino game in which participants gamble on the outcome of a single roll of the dice. Both casino craps and street craps are quite popular in casinos, however, we will be concentrating on casino craps in the next section.
It is now possible to play craps online at a number of online casinos, similar to the way many other popular casino games have made the leap to the internet. This section will provide an overview of the game’s history as well as an explanation of its key ideas.
Craps is derived from the European dice game hazard, which was popular in French taverns throughout the 17th century and served as the inspiration for the American game of craps. Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, a rich politician and gambler who lived in the 1800s, was the one who brought the game to the United States.
The games of hazard and craps grew extremely popular on the gambling boats that travelled down the Mississippi River in New Orleans. It became considerably more frequent during the heyday of the Las Vegas gambling industry in the 1930s. The popularity of craps among American soldiers during World War II led to the game gaining widespread recognition in post-war Las Vegas. From here, craps would eventually reach the shores of New Zealand, among other regions around the world.
Although other table games such as poker, roulette, and blackjack have risen in popularity in recent years, craps remains a popular game at traditional brick-and-mortar casinos. It’s the same with online casinos, which provide a wide selection of online craps games to choose from.
One or more participants wager on the outcome of two dice rolls against the house in casino craps. Similar to playing at a roulette casino, this table allows you to put a variety of wagers. Instead of cash, chips are used to symbolize a bet, and participants roll the dice in turn.
The person who throws the dice is known as the ‘shooter.’ To play as the shooter, you must put a wager on the “pass” or “don’t pass” lines.
A’stickman’ gives the player a number of dice from which he or she must choose two to start a new round. The ‘come-out’ roll, which is the first roll of the game, might result in a natural, craps, or the point.
A come-out roll that scores a 7 or 11 on the first throw is referred to as a natural. Every gamble on the “pass” line wins, while every stake on the “don’t pass” line loses. A player is granted another chance to roll if he rolls a natural.
If the come-out roll returns 2, 3, or 12 on the dice, “pass” line bets lose and “don’t pass” line bets win. A 12 denotes a tie in some rulesets used in New Zealand online casinos; but generally, rolling 2, 3, or 12 (also called ‘rolling craps’) will end your turn as a shooter and the next player starts a new round.
The ‘point’ is noted when a player rolls one of the point numbers in the come out roll, which are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The shooter must roll the same point before rolling a 7 to win the pass bet.
In addition to the conventional “Pass” and “Don’t Pass” bets, craps is notable for having a large range of bets you can place. We’ve included a summary of some of these wagers and how they operate below.
Proposition Bets: Special bets offered by the stickman to players before a roll. Pays out when the proposed number lands on the subsequent roll.
Field Bets: Wagers that the shooter will roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the point phase. Quite popular among NZ players because of its comparatively higher odds of winning.
Come Bets: Similar to the “pass” bet but can only be placed when a point has been established. Pays out when the point number is rolled before rolling 7.
Place Bets: Can only be placed when a point has been established. Pays out when certain pairs of numbers (4 & 10, 5 & 9, and 6 & 8) are rolled before the shooter rolls a 7. The payout amounts vary depending on the pair of numbers chose; for instance, points 4 and 10 pay out 9:5, points 5 and 9 pay out 7:5, and point numbers 6 and 6 pay out 7:6.
Buy Bets: Similar to place bets, but always pays 2 to 1 on a win. Pays out when the chosen number pair is rolled before landing 7. Requires a 5% commission to be paid.
Lay Bets: The opposite of buy bets, which wins when the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling the point number.
Big 6/Big 8 Bets: Wagers on the shooter landing 6 or 8. Pays out 1:1.
Any Craps Bets: Wagers on the shooter landing 2, 3, or 12. Pays out 7:1.
Any 7 Bets: Wagers on the shooter landing a 7. Pays out 4:1.
Hardway Bets: Wagers on the shooter landing one of the hard pairs (2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5). Landing Hard 4 (2×2) or Hard 10 (5×5) pays out 7:1 while Hard 6 (3×3) and Hard 8 (4×4) pays out 9:1.
Taking Odds: Wagers on the shooter landing certain point numbers before rolling a 7. Can only be placed after the player has already placed a pass or come bet, and is capped at a certain multiple of the initial bet. Pays out differently depending on the point number being wagered. 4 and 10 pays out 2:1, 5 and 9 pays out 3:2, and 6 and 8 pays out 6:5.
Laying Odds: Wagers on the shooter landing 7 before rolling the point number. Can only be placed after the player has already placed a pass or come bet, and is capped at a certain multiple of the initial bet. Pays out differently depending on the point number being wagered. 4 and 10 pays out 1:2, 5 and 9 pays out 2:3, and 6 and 8 pays out 5:6.
To get the most out of a live online craps game, you need to get familiar with a few terminology and phrases that are used during the game. Some of the most prevalent are mentioned below: