Craps is a mysterious game, especially to the novice. There are so many betting options and craps is not quite as mainstream as blackjack or roulette.
One of the main noticeable ways that craps rules are different than other casino games is the number of non players that surround the table. Generally there is a team of 3 -5 employees that surround a craps table in a physical casino. The dealer, the stockman, the boxman, and sometimes a side dealer. The dealer is well, ummm, the dealer, nothing more nothing less, just like in most other casino and poker games. The stockman serves as the announcer of sorts, attracting attention to the table and often times over dramatizing almost everything. The boxman is basically an overlord to the table. Making sure that the dealer is doing his/her job right and that the players are playing the game in a fair way.
Of course if you play craps online, you do not have to worry about boxmen or stockmen.
Online craps rules
Craps is unique in that usually everyone is generally cheering for the same outcome. Usually a pass line outcome. In blackjack everyone is worried about their own strategy and in roulette everyone is betting on different things. The camaraderie that craps can bring is unique and attractive but is always important to remember to stick to your own personal game plan and avoid any bets with a high house edge.
Unlike other casino games, craps has the potential to have a very low house edge. This is because craps is a little harder to understand than other games and it is not as flashy or thrilling as Roulette for example. By using proper craps strategy you should be able to do much better either online or in a physical casino.
Craps tables can be very intimidating, but this is a good thing, generally the harder a casino game is to understand the lower the house edge will be.
The pass line and don't pass line bets are the two most common bets in craps. The don't pass line bet is the exact opposite of the pass line bet. The pass line bet has a relatively low house edge of just 1.41%, the don't pass line bet has an even lower house edge of 1.36%. Win the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11 you win a pass line bet, if a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled you will lose. This is the exact opposite for don't pass line bets because they are counterparts. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled then that number is called the point number. If an 8 is rolled, for example, that will be the point number, the shooter will then have to roll a 8 before he/she rolls a 7.
Although the don't pass line bet has a slightly lower house edge, 1.36% compared to 1.41%, I discourage making this bet in actual casinos. When winning this bet others around you most likely lost, so if you do make this bet in physical casinos I recommend staying discreet in order to avoid any trouble.
Place bets are another interesting option but I advise abstaining from them if you wish to play with proper craps strategy. Numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 are place numbers, if these numbers are rolled before a 7 you have a winning bet. If you bet on the numbers 6 and 8 the payout will be 7 to 6 and the house edge will be a slightly higher than normal 1.52%. Betting on 5 and 9 or 4 and 10 is strongly discouraged because the house edge rises to 4 percent and 6.67% respectively.
Place bets to lose are the exact opposite of place bets, you will win if a 7 is rolled before certain numbers, and this is also discouraged because of low payouts and high house edges ranging between 1.82 - 3.03%.
Depending on the casino there will also be options for buy bets, which are similar to place bets. The problem with buy bets is that you must pay a 5% commission upfront in most cases. The house edge in any buy bet is 4.76%, meaning that you should stay far away from this bet if you want to walk away from the craps tables or your computer with any money.
There are also Lay bets, hard ways bets, proposition bets, put bets, and field bets, feel free to click on the links to read more about them. These bets are discouraged because the house edge rises dramatically when these bets are made.
Proper craps strategy means staying away from enticing bets that have a high house edge. Sticking with the pass line/ don't pass line bets and the come/don't come bets will be the best for your bankroll in the long run.
Here's a list of basic craps payouts and the estimated house edge for every bet.
Smart Craps bets
- Pass line/Come bet: Pays 1:1, House edge 1.41%
- Don't pass line/ Don't come bet: Pays 1:1 House edge 1.36%
- Place bets: Number 6 or 8 Pays 7:6, House Edge roughly 1.52%
- Place bets to lose: Numbers 6 or 8 Pays 4:5 House edge roughly 1.8%
Decent Craps bets
- Lay bets: Numbers 4 or 10 Pays 19:41 House edge roughly 2.4%
- Place bets to lose: Numbers 5 or 9 Pays 5:8 House edge roughly 2.5%
- Place bets to lose: Numbers 4 or 10 Pays 5:11 House edge roughly 3%
- Lay bet: Numbers 5 or 9 Pays 19:31 House edge roughly 3.2%
- Place bets: Numbers 5 or 9 Pays 7:5 House edge roughly 4%
- Lay bet: Numbers 6 or 8 Pays 19 to 25 House edge roughly 4%
- Buy bets, all have a house edge of roughly 4.75%
Bets for throwing your money away
- ALL Prop bets [House edge ranges from 5-17%!]
- ALL Hard ways bets [House edge ranges from 5-11%]