How to Play Craps

Craps is a game that is played with Dice on a table. Players bet against the casino based upon the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. Craps was developed from an old English game know as “Hazard”. The game was brought to the United States by a French politician and gambler named Bernard Xavier Phillippe de marigny de Mandeville. At that time the game was know as crapaud which is the French word for Load.

The Rules of the Game

The game of craps is one where one or more players wager against the casino. The casino sets the odds and covers all of the bets. The play is based upon the throwing of a pair if dice. The player that throws the dice is called the Shooter. how to play crapsThe right to be the shooter and throw the dice moves around the table in a clockwise rotation. Becoming the Shooter is optional. Choosing to shoot the dice you must place, at least, the minimum bet on either the “Pass” line or the “Don’t Pass” line. When the Shooter is give the dice to roll and places his bet, allowing others at the table to place their bets, the shooter’s round begins. Being the shooter is optional and if a player declines to be the shooter the options passes to the player on his right. In a live casino, the stickman, who works for the casino at the table, takes multiple dice out of his bowl and pushes them to the player who chooses two of them to shoot his round with, the rest are returned to the stickman’s bowl.

There are two parts of a round. The come-out and the point. The first roll that a shooter makes to start the round is the come out roll. Rolling 2, 3, or 12 on the come out roll is called craps (the shooter is said to have “crapped out”) and the round is ended with Pass Line bets being taken by the house. A come out roll of 7 or 11 is called a natural and results in a win for the Pass line bets and then the shooter makes another come out roll to start the round again.

If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 then that number is considered the Point and the “On” button is moved to the point number and the second phase of the round begins. The shooter wins this round if he rolls the point number and all bets on the Pass Line are paid and all bets on the Don’t Pass Line are lost.

If the shooter rolls a 7, known as a seven out, the Pass Line loses and the Don’t Pass line wins, and the shooter’s round ends. Between rolls of the dice the casino pays winning bets and collects losing bets.

Some Slang Names of Rolls in Craps

Natural or Seven Out
Easy Eight
Easy Four
Five (Fever Five)
Hard Six
Natural or Seven Out
Easy Eight
Nine (Nina)
Five (Fever Five)
Easy Six
Natural or Seven Out
Hard Eight
Nine (Nina)
Easy Ten
Easy Six
Natural or Seven Out
Easy Eight
Nine (Nina)
Hard Ten
Yo (Yo-leven)

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