In all honesty, for those who don’t know how to play, craps is the most confusing looking game to be found in a casino – it is also the most fun looking. There are always hoards of people around the craps table and there’s always much noise and joviality.
Aim of Craps
The aim of the game of craps is to correctly predict the outcome of the dice, in terms of if it’s a winning combination or not. Craps is absolutely a game of luck and never pretends to not be; you as the player must bet as to whether the next roll will be a natural, or if you will roll the come out roll again before a 7 is rolled – this all sounds very confusing; Don’t worry, it will all become clear.
You will see that the craps table is a sunken rounded oblong shape and will be manned by four casino staff. There are loads of different types of bets represented on the felt table, but you should only really pay attention to the Pass Line and No Pass Bets; as you get more familiar with the game you can learn about the other bets, although to be honest, even experienced players often don’t concern themselves with them.
As for the actual play of the game, each person around the table will get an opportunity to throw the dice. You will know it’s your turn because the croupier with the stick, who’s known as the Stickman, will push the two dice in front of you. The person throwing the dice is referred to as the shooter, and they must fling the dice the length of the table, being sure to hit them against the far wall.
All bets are laid, and the shooter throws the dice. The first throw that is thrown by each player is called the “come out roll”; remember the terminology, it will make understanding a lot easier. The come out roll can create three possible situations. The first situation is that a “natural” is thrown. A natural is a 7 or 11 results on that first roll. If this occurs, it means that all bets on the Pass Line win, and all bets on No Pass loose. The second situation is that a 2, 3, or 12 might be thrown. This is the opposite and results in a loss for all Pass Line bets and a win for all No Pass bets, this is known as craps. Any other come out roll results however, i.e. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will mark just the first step of what’s going to happen next.
The number rolled becomes known as the Point Number or the Point for that shooter. For the shooter to be successful his Point Number must be rolled again before a 7 is rolled. If the shooter is successful, and the point number is rolled again before a 7 is rolled, all Pass Line bets are won; if however the 7 comes first then all Pass Line bets are lost. The Shooter position only changes once a 7 has been rolled. This means that one shooter could get just one roll; if his first roll is a seven. If however, he doesn’t roll a seven, he could keep going and produce any number of Point Numbers and betting sequences. And that’s how you play Craps.