How to Play Craps

CrapsCraps has some simple rules, but with the multitude of bets available over the game it became more complex to play and follow.

Bank craps is the game played by one or more players against a casino. The casino in this case covers all player bets at a table, and at the same time it sets the odds on its payout. Players simply take turn in rolling the 2 dices. When a player is rolling the dice, he is called the “shooter.” The other players at that table will make bets on the shooter’s dice rolls.

Craps index

Craps game is played in rounds, and the first roll of a new round is called the “come-out roll”. The second round comes when a point is being rolled or a seven.

Let’s have a look first over the below table presenting the come-out rolls in Craps game, also being an easy way to understand and remember which are the winning bets and which not. First of all, in the table we will find the regular names used in casinos when a certain combination is rolled out with the 2 dice. These nicknames are actually making the game even more interesting. For a 1-1 we will find the name of Snake Eyes, for 3-3 the name is Hard Six and so on. Second of all, please note the colors of each cell. This was made only to help you easily remember when a round ends or when a point is hit.

names of dice rolls in craps

1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Snake Eyes Ace Deuce Easy Four Five (Fever Five) Easy Six Natural or Seven Out
2 Ace Deuce Hard Four Five (Fever Five) Easy Six Natural or Seven Out Easy Eight
3 Easy Four Five (Fever Five) Hard Six Natural or Seven Out Easy Eight Nine (Nina)
4 Five (Fever Five) Easy Six Natural or Seven Out Hard Eight Nine (Nina) Easy Ten
5 Easy Six Natural or Seven Out Easy Eight Nine (Nina) Hard Ten Yo (Yo-leven)
6 Natural or Seven Out Easy Eight Nine (Nina) Easy Ten Yo (Yo-leven) Boxcars

For a player to establish a point as the shooter, he must bet the table minimum on either the “Pass” line or the “Don’t Pass” line (sometimes called “Win” and “Don’t Win” bets for the outcome of a shooter’s round).

The shooter is presented 5 dice by the stickman, out of which he picks 2.

At this point the shooter will roll the dice. If the outcome of the roll-out is a 2, 3 or 12 (please note all red cells), the result is called “craps” and the round ends here with players losing their pass line bets.

The come-out roll continues until a point is hit. A come-out roll of value 7 or 11 (green cells) is called a “natural” or “seven out”, and this results in a win for pass line bets (and a loss for don’t pass bets) and the shooter continues with the come-out roll to establish a point. When any of the values 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 (blue cells) are rolled on the come-out, this number becomes the “point” and the come out roll is now over.

At this stage the dealer will mark the point number on the Craps table with a puck. This will identify the point number to all players at that table. The shooter will now continue rolling until either the point is rolled or a seven. If the shooter is successful in rolling the point, the result is a win for the pass line (and a loss for the don’t pass). If the shooter rolls a seven (called a “seven-out”), the pass line loses (and the don’t pass wins). A seven-out ends the round with the dice being passed (clockwise) to the next player who wishes to become the new shooter.

Craps players can make a large number of bets for each round or each roll. Most commonly bets are on the way the round will end (point comes or a seven-out). Other betting types at craps can include betting on a specific total being rolled, or a specific total being rolled before hiting a 7.