Craps Rules

The first thing to remember when playing craps at a land based casino is the correct way to handle the dice. It is important that you only handle the dice with one hand at a time; if you must switch hands place the dice on the table and then pick them up with the other hand. This is to prevent switching of the dice with loaded dice. Your throw of the dice must cross the table and rebound off the opposite wall. Sometimes if the roll goes far enough and a clear tumble has occurred this rule will be ignored but the casino representative may call “no roll” if he or she is not satisfied that the dice has been fairly thrown. Again this is to prevent cheating.

The only wager to be made in the “Come Out” round is on the pass or don’t pass lines. If a “point” round should occur there are a number of bets to be made. One such bet is “Pass Odds” in which you can place a bet beside your “Pass Line” bet which will pay if the point number is hit before the next seven. This can be a lucrative bet if won but remember that seven is also the easiest number to roll. In the same way a player playing the “Don’t Pass Line” may make a “Don’t Pass Odds” bet and this will pay if the seven comes up before the point number. There is also a bet to be made on the point number and this is called a “Come” bet. The bet will be placed beside the “Pass Line” bet during the “Come Out” round and is treated as part of the “Pass Line” bet for this round. If a “point” round occurs the dealer will move the “Come” bet to the appropriate number on the table and an extra odds bet can be added to the “Come” bet. So long as the “shooter” does not roll a seven in the “point” round the “Come” bet is not lost. However if the “shooter” rolls the point number the “Come” bet stays on the table and is active in the next “Come Out” round and will pay if that point number is realized again; if not the bet is lost. There are also single roll and multi-roll bets that may be placed during the game but these can be learnt once the basics are mastered.