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Craps Table and Betting Options

Lets step up to the table now. If you want to start to play at a craps table, first of all you must wait for a new round of play and that begins when the stickman is offering the dice to another player at the table. To be able to roll the dice, the shooter (which we all bet on) must make a line bet, either on the pass line bet or on the don't pass bet.

The best starting point for you is to wait until there is a new 'round' of play, which begins when one of the players is offered five or so dice by the stickman. You'll catch on to the rules of craps and the subtleties of the game quicker by watching a few minutes of play. If the player wants to roll, they select two of dice and become the 'shooter'. At the same time other players will be placing bets on the table layout.

The bet on which almost all the players bet is the pass line bet. The payoff for a pass line bet or a don't pass bet is even money. Everyone else who chooses to make a pass line bet along with the shooter is said to be playing 'with the dice'. The pass line bet itself is a bet that is 'with the dice'. In the case of someone placing a bet that wins when the pass line bettors lose, they would be known as 'wrong bettors' or 'betting against the dice'.

The shooters first roll of the dice is called the come out roll. If in the come out roll the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11, the ones who bet on the pass line win and the ones who bet on don't pass lose and the round is over. To roll a 7 or 11 in the come out roll is called a natural.

If the come-out roll is a 2, 3, or 12 (called 'craps') who bet on the pass line lose and who bet on the don't pass line wins or in case the don't pass bet is a 12 in the come out roll it is a tie.

When the come out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 (box points) the number rolled becomes the shooters point, which means that the shooter will roll the dice until he will make the point set or until he sevens out. The pass line bettors win if the point is set and the don't pass bets lose.

If the shooter rolls a 7 before the point number, pass line bettors lose, don't pass bettors win and the round is over. When a shooter will roll a box point the dealer will place a puck which has the word 'on' written on it and put it on top of the number that is the 'point' on the layout, to remind the players what the point number is.

In clockwise motion, a new player becomes the shooter only after the one before him sevened out. If the shooter rolls a natural or craps on the come out roll or if he set or makes the point he rolls the dice again.

This game may let you feel intimidated because the table looks complicated, with a lot of bets and miniature bets with a lot of squares and circles and numbers written on the felt table. Well, at least 90% of those bets are pure junk and you shouldn't bother with them at all.

The first and most important thing to understand is that you actually need only one half of that big table, so you should not let yourself intimidated by it. Because of this fact our example graphic is just half of the board as well.

Craps Bets

The Pass Line

The pass line is a long line that runs along the outer edge of the craps table in front of the players. From here players can place chips for a pass line bet. A bet known as the put bet is also made on the pass line after the come-out roll.

The Don't Pass Bar

The thinner band above the pass line and parallel to it (broken at the corner by the big 6 / big 8 area) is the place where you can place your don't pass bets. This is the opposite bet of the pass line bet.

The Big 6 / Big 8

The area between the two sides of the don't pass bar and above the corner of the pass line bar is where the player can place his 6 and 8 bets. Is a bet similar to a place bet, but this bet should be avoided because of its poorer results.

The Field

The field bet is a popular bet and it can be placed in the box with the word 'field' and a bunch of numbers written in it, in front of the don't pass line. When a player bets on the field it means he bets that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12

The Come Bet

This area is located in front of the field box and its labeled Come on the felt. The come bet is essentially the same as the pass line bet, but can be made after a come-out roll has already established a point.

The Don't Come Bet

The oppose of the come bet is the don't come bet and you can place this bet in the small box next to the box number 4 in the Place number location.

The Place Bet - Buy and Lay Bets

This is an area with large numbers in individual boxes ( 4,5,6,8,9,10 ) along the inside edge of the table and is located in the dealers side of the table; buy and lay bets are made the same way as a place bet, but offer different odds.

The Hardway Bets

The individual numbers 4,10,6 and 8 are on the very middle of the craps table, making you think they're a really complicated bet. They are a really bad bet.

Other Center Proposition Bets

In the center of the craps table are a slew of alternate proposition bets including things like 'any craps', 'twelve or two', 'horn bet', 'C & E', or the 'hop' bet. All of these bets, while they are explained on their own page, are absolutely horrific from the player's perspective, so reading about them now should be all the attention you ever pay them.