Whether you’re playing Craps in a land-based establishment or online, the rules remain the same. There are many possible wagers, and that can seem confusing to beginners. That’s why we’ve created this simple guide to the basic rules. Learn all you need to know about how to play, and then try Lucky Nugget Casino’s exciting games of Craps online.
The Structure of a Craps Game
In Craps, a pair of dice is thrown, and gamblers can bet on what their faces will display when they land. At land-based tables, players take turns to roll the dice and are called the Shooter when they are doing so. On desktop and mobile devices, the dice are not thrown by players, clearly, but the term is still used.
Every game of Craps online has 2 stages; the initial Come Out Phase and the Point Phase which follows. In the Come Out Phase, if the Shooter rolls a 7 or 11 it’s called a Natural, and landing a 2 or 3 is known as Craps. If the dice total is 12, all bets Push. A Natural wins the round, while Craps loses. Any other number is established as the Point, and if a Natural or Craps is seen the Shooter gets to play again. This continues until the bet Pushes or a Point is established.
Now the Point Phase begins. The Shooter will roll the dice again, aiming to land the Point number before they roll an 11, 7, 3 or 2 so that they can win this Phase too. The dice faces don’t have to be identical; only the totals need to match. Once again, a total of 12 causes a Push.
Bet With or Against the Shooter
In Craps online and in land-based games your bets are either with the Shooter or, as the saying goes, against them. Betting with and against the Shooter means you win if they win or if they lose, respectively.
The basic wagers in the Come Out Phase are the Pass/Don’t Pass Bets that are with and against the Shooter, and in the Point Phase the Come/Don’t Come bets work in the same way. To make your predictions, you need to place your chips on the Craps table’s Pass or Don’t Pass Line, and then on the Come or Don’t Come Line.
Other Craps Online Stakes
Take your time to get familiar with the Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come Bets, including the different odds that apply to the various possible dice totals, since these are the fundamental foundation of any Craps game. Once you feel comfortable with these stakes, there are several other wagers to explore.
- Field: The next roll will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
- Place Win and Place Lose: After the Point is established, you bet that any number from 4 to 10, except 7, will land next for Place Win. For Place Lose, you predict that a 7 will be rolled next.
- Buy and Lay: These are very similar to Place Win and Lose wagers, but they have higher payouts and apply a 5% commission. The group of Place, Buy and Lay Bets is known as Odds Bets.
- Big 6 and Big 8: Any dice combination adding up to 6, in the case of Big 6, or 8, in the case of Big 8, will be rolled before the next total of 7/
- Hardways: The hard way of landing a 10, 8, 6 or 4 – with a pair of 5s, 4s, 3s or 2s – will appear before a 7 or the easy way of landing these totals, which is any other number combination. An Easyway 6, for example, could be a 5 and a 1.
- Hop: Predicting that the next throw will show a specific dice configuration.
Proposition: Predictions on specific events in the Craps online game. These have the steepest odds and the highest payouts possible – their risks and rewards are both sizable