Craps is a classic casino table game loved by millions of players around the world. In land-based casinos, the craps table is usually one of the busiest and the most raucous in the room. To the inexperienced player, the craps table is a complete maze of wagering possibilities with complex lines stretching across the table. To add to this, there are even more bets which are verbalised to the craps dealers and staff around the table before the dice have even been thrown. Between the frantic pace, the exchange of chips and the constant hubbub, the game can come off as a bit intense.
All this, added to the fact that there are 100 different types of wagers available, means that players tend to avoid the game entirely. The good news is that only a handful of the bets actually matter. The rest are just long shots and window-dressing for experienced players. Once you have played a few games, you will find out that the majority of bets can be replaced with a few basic craps bets that can make the game more enjoyable and rewarding. We take a look at the main craps bets that all players should know.
Pass Line Bet
The first and most basic craps bet that all players should know is the pass line bet. This is also known as the ‘right way’ bet, essentially because you are backing the shooter. For novice players, the pass line bet can bet thought of as the ante bet or the minimum wager for the table. Technically, you don’t have to make the bet, but it is a really good place to start. The pass line bet has a house edge of just 1.41%, which makes it one of the lowest on the table. This bet also aligns you with the majority of bettors at the table and the shooter.
By placing a pass line bet, you’ll be wanting to see one of three outcomes. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you will win the bet. However, if the shooter rolls a 2,3 or 12, you will lose. The payout is 1:1. The third possibility is if the shooter rolls any other number, which then becomes the point number. To win your bet, the shooter must roll the same number again. If he or she rolls a 7 first, the bets will lose.
Don’t Pass Line
The don’t pass line bet is the complete opposite of the pass line bet and is somewhat frowned upon at live casinos. This means that you will be betting against the shooter and the majority of bettors at the table. The concept is simple. With this bet, you will be rooting for the shooter to roll either a 2 or 3 on the come out roll. Similarly, you will lose the bet if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11. If the shooter does roll a point number, you will be hoping that he or she will roll a 7 before they find the point number again, otherwise you will lose your bet. This classic reversal bet puts the house edge slightly in the player’s favour with a percentage of 1.63%. However, it can be awkward celebrating a win when the shooter and the rest of the table has just lost a lot of money.
The come bet is a type of craps bet where things get a little bit more complicated. The basic explanation of a come bet is a pass line bet that you place on demand. Here is how a come bet works: after the shooter rolls the come out roll and establishes a point number, you can then place a come bet. What you are doing is basically resetting your own game.
From this point, your game separates from the rest of the table. On the next roll, if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you will win even money on the come bet. Similarly, if the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, you will lose your come bet. Any other number creates the new point number. At this point you are playing two games. One is your pass line bet, in which you are hoping to stay away from the 7 while hitting the pass line point bet, and the second is the come bet point number. If a 7 is thrown at any time, the session ends for both bets.
Don’t Come Bet
By now you should have an idea of what a don’t come bet is. This is exactly the opposite of a come bet. So even if you are backing the shooter with pass line bet, you can place a don’t come bet on subsequent rolls. In most cases, players will stick to one type of bet – either the pass line and come bet, or the don’t pass and the don’t come bet (otherwise they are essentially betting against themselves). With a don’t come bet, you’re simply placing a don’t pass line bet at a later stage of the game. Once placed, you are hoping for the shooter to roll a 2 or a 3. If the shooter makes the point number, you will want the 7 to come up.