One exciting game when you visit the casino would be craps. Here, one can hear many individuals yelling at a craps table, further increasing the excitement around the table. You may wonder why some players seem to think that this game is quite difficult when it is not. It is time to master the rules of craps to be able to start enjoying the game and join in the yells by the craps table.
In a table for craps, it can take up to a maximum of 20 players where one can each get the opportunity to shoot the dice or take turns to throw the dice. But if you prefer to simply watch how a player shoots the dice and bet on the turn out, then that can also be arranged. There are different bets that you can choose to make. The bets are pass line bet, come bet, odds on come bet, don’t pass line bet, odds on pass line bet, don’t come bet, field bet, Big Six/Eight bets, place bet and proposition bets.
Pass line bets are those which wins if Seven or Eleven (also called natural) is rolled on the initial or come out roll. You will lose this bet if it turns out to be 2, 3 or 12 (also called craps). If the following numbers are rolled 4-7 and 8-10 (known as point), shooter gets to throw the dice several times more until the same point comes out which would result to a win or a 7 which means you lose your bet. Odds on pass line bet can occur if a point is rolled to allow one to place this extra bet where the points have different corresponding payouts. Come bet is similar to pass line bet except that this is made once the point is determined. Odds on come bet is the same as odds on pass line bet but made on the come bet. Don’t pass line bet is opposite the pass line bet where one loses with a natural and wins with a 2 and 3 or end in a push if 12 is rolled. Don’t come bet has reversed rules on come bet then place bets works once the point is out. Field bet is good only for rolls of a single dice. Even bets are on the Big Six/Eight bets while propositions bet are made any time but the hardways.
With craps, dice are used on a craps table. The game has strict rules for the dice, and it used only for about 8 hours, after which, they are replaced with new ones. In addition, casinos also have rules on how players should use them. One rule indicates that players should hold the dice using one hand, and when one is ready to throw them, it should hit the side or wall opposite the player throwing the dice. Should the dice or both fall of the table after being thrown, a stickman will usually inspect them before they are placed on the table to resume play.
Craps may seem complicated for players who haven’t had much chance to play this game especially if you hear terminologies that you may not be familiar with at the onset. However, once you start observing and playing this game, it is easy to follow what happens, and you may also start enjoying the game much like the rest of the players who may be betting on the shooter of the game.
Similar to most casino games, craps is a game of luck, but there are lots of opportunities that one can apply to win in craps. For successful craps players, there may be some sort of science to it while there is also a lot to learn from losing players, at least in terms of what not to do when playing the game. So before risking your money on a losing bet, check out some of the strategies that can help you win more and lose less.
Many players will tell you to play smart and with discipline. You will usually hear a lot of this advice not only when playing craps, but this is a basic strategy that can help you play craps long term. Be sure to set a goal on what you want to win for every outing and, on the other side of the coin, also prepare how much you are willing to lose. In general, many experts recommend 20% is the amount for a player to leave the table. Think again if you plan to spend $300-$600. You are better off with modest goals.
Although beginners may tend to attribute a lot of winning to luck, one will be better poised to win if you have a good grasp of craps before getting into the game. No one wants to lose, and if you find yourself losing a lot of times when playing craps, get back to the basics because you obviously understand nothing about the game at this point.
Money management is another important strategy when playing craps. Some players may be following one strategy over the other, but it is advisable to keep in mind that changing tactic while at play is not recommended. Many will show that betting units set at 1/20th to 1/50th of one’s bankroll is a good alternative. For example, if you have a bankroll of $200, you may want to play at $5 tables which allow you space to gain more in the latter part of the game.
When it comes to placing bets, look for the lower house advantage which should give you more chances of winning. Here is a table that shows house edge on pass line and the odds. Place your pass line bet and see which points you can bet on with better odds over the other while comparing it with house edges. Full double odds refer to taking 2-1/2 times the odds on points such as 6 or 8 and twice on the remaining points. Odds of 3-4-5x means players have thrice odds on 4 and 10 and quadruple on 5 and 9 and five time for 6 and 8.