Casino Craps, How & Where to Play

Playing online craps is much the same as in a brick and mortar casino. The table layout will be generally the same, the biggest difference is that you may have to click on chips to place bets or move them from one area of the table.

You also will not be able to physically roll the dice, but you will usually be able to toggle them before they are tossed against the back wall of the virtual table.

How to Play

Craps is really easy, you sit down at the table and you place your bet on either the Pass or Don’t Pass line.

  • The Pass Line is betting for the shooter.
  • The Don’t Pass is against the shooter.
  • Both types of bets earn even money, although betting Don’t Pass gives the player a better edge.

The come-out roll is the first roll of the game and if it is not a 7 or an 11 it is known as a point.

If a point has been established the goal of the shooter is to attempt to roll that same number again. If he rolls the same number again he wins the point bet. If the shooter rolls a seven before his point number, he passes the dice to the next shooter at his left.

The Come Don’t Come bets are next.

This works almost exactly like Pass and Don’t pass except it occurs after the shooter establishes his point. The bettors’ goal now is to place a come or don’t come bet. A come bet is one that is for the shooter and a Don’t Come bet is against the shooter. The goal of the shooter is to roll the same number again before he craps out.

Many players get stuck thinking that they should always bet with the shooter because that is what the popular players at the table do. A lot of people frown upon betting against the shooter, but when you do so you actually dwindle the house edge so that your odds of winning are better than ever.

When you play online you needn’t worry about what others think because you’re behind a computer and don’t have to worry too much about what others think. Of course, it may be difficult to jump right out of the fire and into the frying pan if this is your first introduction to online craps, but when you’re ready, Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets will more likely than not benefit you.

Basic Craps Strategy

Despite what you may have heard, the most useful and yet basic craps strategy is to bet against the shooter. Many players second guess this strategy because it is not used often.

This strategy has long been rumoured to be ineffective or just the inaccurate way to play the game, but that simply rumours or even myth, likely started by the casinos who did not want to lose any more money than they have to.

If you bet against the shooter you may not be the most popular player at the craps table, but you will find that you can diminish the house edge.

So, if you were going to use the basic craps strategy of betting against the shooter you should consider what you would do when you bet on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass bet. When you war on the pass line you are betting with the shooter, which means you need him to roll a two, three, or 12.

If you bet Don’t Pass you are betting against the shooter and you are hoping he rolls a two, three, or 12 but will only lose on seven or 11.

What’s the difference?

The difference is the house edge. When you bet with the shooter the house edge is 1.41% yet when you bet against the shooter the house edge is just 1.34%. It doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but it will help you increase your edge against the house, which is how you win!

Many people don’t like this basic craps strategy because they have been told that they are required to pay a commission fee, usually a fee of 5% of the wager. Don’t let this deter you, because you are still doing away with the house edge. In fact, the reason that there is a commission fee is that if they did not charge this the edge would actually be against the house.

Practice Makes Perfect

You have to be sure of yourself if you are going to use this basic craps strategy. You may have other players looking at you and wondering why you would bet against the shooter, but when you consider how much you are able to whittle away at that house edge and what this can mean for your long term, it simply is the best way to go.

You won’t want to cheer too loudly when the player doesn’t roll what he wanted, as this will make you less than popular, but you can enjoy any winnings all the more when you have them as to others it seemed unlikely that you would win at all.