How to Play Craps
The game is played with two dice. The one who throws the dice is called the shooter. The craps round begins with a come-out roll. Come-out roll refers to the first dice roll or the first roll of the new betting round. Once the dice are thrown and the result is revealed, there are three outcomes:
The Natural one
This means that the sum of the dice roll is 7 or 11. By this result, the gambler wins and throws the dice again.
This result is also called Snake Eyes. It is a losing result that sum 2, 3, or 12. However, the round is not over.
By the result of this roll, the Point is established. This means that a total roll of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will mark the Point. In this case, the gambler will roll the dice, again and again until he will hit the same number. It is not necessary to be in the same combination of dice as before. If the odds are not favorable and the player hit a 7, this will result in losing the bet. Additionally, in this particular stage, the dice outcome is called seven out and by this, the betting round is ended.
Generally Valid Craps Rules
Each online casino may set its own rules for craps online, according to its policy, but the main set of rules regarding the payouts and bets is generally valid. The game is played with two dice and the gamblers take turns rolling the dice. The dice thrower is called the "shooter". The shooter must place a bet in "Win" and/or "Don't Win" areas. These spots are also called "Pass" and "Don't Pass", and represent the fundamental bets in craps. The bet must be fitted to minimum and maximum table values. The game runs in rounds and the wagers are based on the outcome of the round.
Each crap round is comprised of two stages: come-out and the point. To initiate a round dice are moved to the left and the shooter makes a come-out roll. The dice must be thrown in the direction of the farther back wall and usually is a must to hit the wall. Additionally, both dice must be thrown at the same time. A dice outcome of two, three, or twelve, means loss for those who bet on Pass line, but a roll of 7 or 11 will lead to win. A come-out roll of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will mark the Point. More details can be found on How to Play Section.
Before starting gambling there must be preparation and a plan. The plan must include a certain number of elements and a well-defined strategy. In all strategies two major trends can be distinguished:
A less risky and more responsible wager should revolve around the Pass/ Don't pass line and Come/Don't come. By adhering to them the house advantage will be minimized up to 1.41 percent. In this situation, there can be only 4 losing possibilities: if the shooter hits a 2, 3, or 12 during the come-out session or an outcome of 7 after the point number was marked.
On the opposite side, the main bets for aggressive style are the hard ways bets. These bets can be realized only on the numbers 4, 6, 8 or 10. The hard way it is also regarded as "doubles" and requires a dice outcome of 2:2, 3:3, 4:4 or 5:5 before a 7 shows up or an easy roll totalizing less than specified numbers.
The riskier the bet, the greater the winnings. For a hard 6 (3:3) or a hard 8 (4:4), the payout is 9 to 1. And a hard 4 (2:2) or a hard 10 (5:5) is paying 7 to 1 with a house edge of 11.11 percent.
Craps Online Free
One of the most appreciated and played games is craps. Like any other popular game among the players, craps was adopted by many online casinos. Most mobile casinos provide the game also in the free play mode. This is one of the best opportunities to learn and master the game rules.
Practice makes better
Playing the game for free with no money lost is an enjoyable activity, but beyond this, there is a bigger benefit. Practicing, mastering the rules and gaining experience makes the difference between a novice and a master. Additionally, before a gambler switch to a real money game, he can test his luck for free.
Craps with Real Money
Gambling and winning is one of the most attractive and exciting feelings. But playing with real money always involves a risk. To minimize the risk as much as possible, every player should take into consideration some basic guidelines. Setting a budget and always stick to it will prevent any additional lost.
Mastering the game rules will protect against wrong choices and mistakes which can drastically decrease the budget.
Avoid being drunk will assure a sharp and clear mind and lead toward a balanced play.
Eventually, not exceeding the budget and knowing when to end the game will prevent any additional lost.
History of Craps
The craps game is second in popularity after the blackjack. Its origins can be found in an ancient dice game called Hazard. In this particular case, the name hazard derived from a castle called Hazarth. While waiting to lay siege the castle around 1125, the crusaders were playing this game with two dice.
Over the centuries the game evolved and from London was introduced in New Orleans in the early 1800s, by a young gambler from a wealthy family. By this transition, the rules were simplified and the name crabs (which in hazard symbolized the numbers two and three, the instant losing numbers), by mispronunciation turned into craps.