Craps is a popular dice game that is usually played in a casino as well as in an informal environment. All you need is a pair of dice and at least 2 players, but there is no upper limit to the number of players. If you play craps, then the money is either put against the casino or against the other players in the game. If someone plays against the other players outside of a casino, this also becomes street craps. Street Craps can be played in any casual environment (i.e. on the sidewalk or “street”, hence the name), as it does not require a lot of equipment to play, except for dice and money-in-pocket players.
There are many theories and ideas about the history of Craps, as is usually the case with ancient casino games. The exact origin of the game is hard to pin down, as there are so many theories that can not be verified. Some theories suggest that the game is based on the old English game Hazard and a French game called Crabes. Bernard Xavier Phillipe, a Louisiana player and politician, introduced the game in New Orleans, Louisiana at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, there was a problem with this version of the game, as it was easy to manipulate and players did so in their favor and regular wins, for example by dicing ‘dice’, meaning the sides of the dice were of different weights. In 1907, John H. Winn created an updated version of the dice game that included a “do not pass bet” section, making the game more like the version of craps as it is known today, and also eliminated the cube problem.
How to play craps
Craps can be played online or in a real, land based casino and it is one of the easiest casino games to play and learn. It’s a simple game with just a few basic bets to understand before you get started on the game. The most talked about here is “Passline” and “Do not Passline” bets, which are crucial in this game. It should also be known that there are more than 40 additional Craps bets, some of which are more complicated than others. These bets have to be learned and used over time, but it is very important to take your time and not start immediately as a rookie in the casino area with the most complicated bets. The deeper understanding comes with time, if you play regularly, so you can venture on to other bets and strategies.
Pass line bet
A passline bet is the simplest bet in craps. When you place a passline bet, you bet with the dice, which means, for example, if you bet that 7 or 11 is the first number that appears, and that case also happens, then you double your profit immediately. The player rolling the dice is called a “shooter”. Before the shooter fires for the first time, the other players have the opportunity to make a passline bet on the shooter and his throw. In order for the other players to win the passline bet, the result of the throw must be a 7 or 11 (also called “natural” in Craps), which automatically doubles the other players’ passline bets.
If the result in this case is a 2, 3 or 12, called ‘craps’, the passline bets will be lost. If another number is rolled, such as 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that number becomes a ‘point number’ and the shooter hopes to roll the point number again in the next roll before another 7 appears. If this is the case, the passline bets will be lost.
Do not passline bet
The “Do not Passline” bet is the opposite of the passline bet, so these bets are against the dice. Some craps players refer to this type of passline bet as “wrong bets” and consequently a pass bet is called a “real bet”. When you bet a pass bet, you bet on a 7 or 11 on the first roll, which would lead to a winning bet. However, if you place a do not passline bet, you bet that a 2, 3, or 12 will appear. If it is a so-called Come Out Roll, the winning Do not Pass will double the bet. If another number is rolled, it serves as a point, but in this particular case, it is hoped that the number will not reappear before another 7 is rolled. If this happens, the Do not Passline wins bet.
The bottom line is that Craps is an easy game to learn, but hard to master properly. As a beginner, you should start with simple bets at low scores and work your way up to higher bets and more complex betting systems to get the best results in the learning process. Craps is one of the oldest and most popular games, whether in land based casinos or online casinos, and those who are more into it will soon realize why the game has so many followers.