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How to Play Craps in Las Vegas

How to Play Craps

Craps is a Las Vegas casino dice game played inside a large sunken table. Craps can be a complicated game to understand because of the different betting options. In craps, players wager money against the casino on the outcome of one roll, or of a series of rolls of two red dice.

Craps is a game played by 1 or more players. It is played with a set of two perfectly balance red dice. In Las Vegas casinos, there are no seats around the table because the game is played standing up. Players take turns rolling two dice.

Most Las Vegas crap tables usually operate with four employees: the boxman, two dealers, and a stickman.
Boxman: sits at the center of the layout and drops all currency into the money box. He directs the game and watches everything.
Dealers: stand on each side of the boxman. It is the dealer who pays off the winning wagers and collects the player's losses. Dealers also may change when you play.
Stickman: stands in the center of the player's side of the table. He's responsible for handling the dice and all the Proposition Bets.
Shooter: The player who is rolling the dice is the shooter.

Best Craps Bets in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the best bets in craps are the pass/don’t pass, come/don’t come, place bets on the six and eight, and the odds bet.

Shooting Craps in Vegas - How the game is played

Buying Chips

To play the game of Craps, just place the money in front of the dealer and say "Change." The dealer will hand the money to the boxman who counts it, and tells the dealer the amount. The dealer will then place an equivalent amount of chips on the layout directly in front of you. Take the chips off the table layout and place them in the groove provided on the table railing.

Come Out:

Place a bet on the Pass Line section of the board after the hockey puck is switched to OFF by the dealer (stickman). The Shooter will then make a “come out roll” by tossing both dice from one of the short ends of the table to the other, making sure that both dice hit the opposite side wall of the table. Player wins if a Natural 7 or 11 appears, and loses if a Crap 2, 3, or 12 appears. Any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) becomes the Pass Line Point.

Note: The game is played in rounds, with the first roll of a new round called the “come out roll”

Types of Craps Waging that can be made

Pass Line

The Pass Line is the place on the layout where you put your chips to bet on the First Roll or the Come Out Roll. A Pass Line Bet wins even money. Once the Pass Line Point has been established, if the total of the two dice is 7 or 11, you win, and your chips double. This is called a 'win' or a 'natural'. If the shooter rolls any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) on the come-out roll, this number becomes what is called the point and then you enter the Point Round. However if you roll a 2, 3 or 12, you lose and your chips are taken away. This is called “craps” and ends the round immediately.

In the point round, the shooter will re-roll the dice continuously and try to roll the same number again before rolling a 7. If the shooter rolls the point again, the round ends and the game starts over with the same shooter rolling another come-out roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 instead of the point, this is called a "seven-out", the round ends, and the dice pass to the next player to the left, who becomes the new shooter.

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Don't Pass Line

This is the opposite of the pass line bet. With the "Don't Pass Line" wager, you lose on the "come out" roll if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11. You win on a 2 or 3 (12 is a tie). Once a point is established, you lose if the point is thrown and win if a 7 rolls.

When 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, it is the point. You are betting that 7 will be rolled before the point. This bet must be placed before the come out roll, but may be removed or decreased after a point is established, however, it may not be replaced or increased after such removal or reduction.

Come Bets

This is a bet that can be made anytime after the first roll when a shooter has a point to make. You win on a 7 or 11 and lose on a 2, 3 or 12 on the roll immediately following placement of the bet. Any other number becomes your "come point" and your bet will be moved to that number. If your point rolls before 7, you win. If 7 rolls before your point, you lose.

Don't Come Bets

Opposite of come bets. This is also a bet that can be made anytime after the first roll when a shooter has a point to make. You win if the next roll is 2 or 3 (12 is a tie), and lose if 7 or 11 roll immediately following placement of the bet. When 12 is rolled, it is a stand-off. When 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, it is your point. You are betting that 7 will be rolled before the point. When a point is established, the bet will be placed behind that number.


The odds bet can be taken once a point is made on the first roll or a come point on a succeeding roll. You win if the point or come points are made before a 7.

How to play craps

Place Bets

With Place bets you have to wait for the shooter to make a point and then you may make a "Place Bet" on numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. If the shooter rolls any of these numbers before a 7, you win. If 7 rolls before your number, you lose.

Big 6 & 8

A bet you can make any time that pays even money when 6 or 8 is rolled.

Field Bets

Field bets are one roll bets you can make at any time. With field bets, you win on 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. You win 2 to 1 on 2. and you win 3 to 1 on 12. You lose on 5, 6, 7, or 8.

Proposition Bets

Proposition bets can be found in the center of the table and are one roll bets. In Proposition bets you are betting that on the very next roll of the dice any of these numbers below will come up:

Any Craps (2, 3 or 12)
pays 8 for 1
Aces (2) or Twelve (12)
pays 31 for 1
Ace-Deuce (3) or Eleven (11)
pays 16 for 1
Seven (7)
pays 5 for 1

Hard Ways

With "Hard Way" bets you are betting that the shooter rolls a pair. Hardways win if the dice roll as a pair and lose if a 7 rolls. There are four "Hard Way" combinations:

Hard 4 (two 2's)
pays 8 for 1
Hard 6 (two 3's)
pays 10 for 1
Hard 8 (two 4's)
pays 10 for 1
Hard 10 (two 5's)
pays 8 for 1

You can bet the combination you want at any time. For example, if you bet the two 3's (or Hard Way 6), you win when that comes up before a 7 or an easy way 6 (5 and 1 or 4 and 2). Another example: If you bet a hard 8 and the dice roll 4,4 you win. If the dice roll “easy” 5,3 or 6,2 you lose. "Hard Ways" pay high odds. You can also bet any pair (Hard Way) for one roll only, this pays 30 to 1.

Craps Strategy and Things you should know

In Craps most players' strategies center around knowing which bets to place and which bets to avoid. Most winning players avoid all bets except for the Pass Line and Come bets and certain Place bets(6 or 8), leaving the Field, Proposition, Big 6 and Big 8 bets to those pulled in by the stickperson.

Remember, you want a 7 or 11 on the come out roll. If 7 or 11 appear you win, if 2, 3, or 12 are rolled you lose.

Once a point is established, you can't pick up your bet, you have to wait until the player sevens out.

Listen to the stickman. He calls the game, and everything he says is important. Don't hesitate to ask the stickman for more information on Proposition Bets.

Craps can offer one of the best table game odds in Vegas. The house edge is just 1.4 percent, that means, for every dollar you bet, on the average you’ll only lose about a penny.

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Craps House Edge
The house edge is just 1.4 percent. Meaning, for every dollar you bet, you'll only lose about a penny on average.
Craps House Advantage and Expected Loss
  House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose
Pass/Don't Pass 1.4% $1.40
Prop Bets 10%-16.7% $10 - $16.70
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