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How to Play Craps : Rules of Craps

The game of craps is a complex one with many different betting options. Bank craps is played against a casino. Much like the game of roulette, craps can be played by many players at the same time, all against the house.

There is only one player in each game that will roll the dice. The table minimum is usually displayed, and the person who is rolling the dice must bet the minimum on either the "Pass" or "Don't Pass" line. The original roll is then completed to establish a point. If the player rolls a 2,3, or 12, and all "Pass Line" bets lose. The "Don't Pass" bettors win on 2 and 3, but push on the twelve.

Any of the numbers not yet mentioned on the dice, outside of a seven, become the point. From there, the betting can begin. The dealer button is key for anyone who is just arriving at the table. If the dealer button is "On" then the point has been established. If it is "Off", then then the point has not been established and the game is in the come out round.

Once the point is determined, a player continues to roll until they either roll the point number, or a seven. If the point is rolled, everyone who bet the pass line wins, and the don't pass bettors lose. If a seven is rolled, the pass line loses, and the don't pass line wins.

These are the basics to craps, but there are also many more in depth bets that can be made at a casino craps table. The best way to learn the game like, like most, is to go to a table and watch the action. As players win and lose money it becomes easier for the novice player to learn the in and outs of the game.

There is also certain lingo that goes along with the game of craps. There are nicknames for every roll. Nicknames range from the obvious, "snake eyes" for double ones, to the obscure, "Yo" for the five-six. The person rolling the dice must do so with only one hand, and the dice must hit the back wall of the table.

Some of the bets that can be made on a craps table can also be self explanatory, or difficult, depending on the bets. A single bet, for example, means that a player is betting on the exact number that is rolled on the dice. If a player bets on a six, and a six comes out, they win. If not, they lose.

Future rolls may also come into play on the craps table. A player may bet that certain combination of numbers will come out before a seven is rolled. Again, the terminology of the game is important for these type of bets.

These bets and rules are mostly standard, but individual casino do have their own variants. Hopefully, these rules will be helpful for those who are new to the game of craps, but some basic craps tips should be read and understood before beginners make their first bet at a table, whether online or at a land based casino.