How to play craps

Struggling with your craps? Never fear! RightCasino’s simple guide will help you work it out.

Casino craps (AKA ‘Bank Craps’) is a deep and complex casino game that takes a lot of patience to master. Fortunately, our straightforward introduction to the game has been tailored to guide you through the rules, so you can crap with confidence (okay, no more puns. I promise).

How to play

Craps is a dice game played on a specialised table, labelled with different bet types. Two dice are used. Online craps is played much the same way, except the physical table and dice are replaced with virtual equivalents. Also, there are no dealers and the outcome of dice rolls is determined by Random Number Generation (RNG).

In live games, play starts when one punter (the ‘shooter’) bets on the ‘pass line’ or the ‘don’t pass line’ – also known as ‘win/right’ bets or ‘don’t win/wrong’ bets (there will be more information about betting in lesson two).

The shooter selects two of five dice presented by the ‘stickman’ (dealer). He/she then throws the dice, using one hand, making sure to hit the wall at the opposite end of the table.

Games are played in rounds, which each contain two phases: ‘come out’ and ‘point.’ A come out roll totalling 2, 3 or 12 will cause all pass line bets to lose. These numbers are called ‘craps’ and hitting them is described as ‘crapping out.’ Conversely, a come out roll of 7 or 11 (also called ‘natural’) pays bets on the pass line.

The shooter will continue to make come on rolls until he/she hits a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. This number then becomes the ‘point.’ The dealer places an ‘on’ button to the point number on the table, signifying the next phase has begun.

After this, the shooter rolls until they land a 7 (seven-out), which means pass line bets lose, or the point number, in which case pass line bets pay. Following a 7, the round ends and a new shooter takes over.

To recap ...

craps shooter

Choosing the shooter and placing bets

The round begins after players have placed their bets and the shooter prepares to roll.

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The come on phase

The first, ‘come on’ phase of play pays pass line bets on 7 or 11 and collects on 2, 3 or 12. All other numbers end the phase and initiate the ‘point phase’ with the ‘point’ being the last number rolled.

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The point phase

The dealer places the point counter on the number that ended the ‘come on’ phase (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) and the shooter rolls. Rolling the point number pays pass line bets, while rolling a 7 collects for the house.

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A new round

If the shooter rolls their point number, they continue being the shooter. If not, the dice are passed clockwise to the next player. Either way, a 7 or a point number triggers the beginning of a new round.

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