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Online craps is a game that fuses good fortune with smart betting strategies. While the the roll of the dice and final result is a matter of chance the betting system is relatively intricate and with the right choices you can effectively diminish the house edge.

In land-based casinos, craps is usually played with several players, while in the online environment there are opportunities to play individually as well as with other players.

Deciding How Much To Wager
Once you’re in the online craps lounge, you’ll need to decide how much you’d like to wager on each round. Given the high level of involvement and anticipation of the game, it is easy to become emotional with your betting choices, so it’s important to limit your bet on each round so that you get the most time and pleasure out of your bank roll. As always, never go beyond what you can afford.

The Come Out Roll
Once a bet is placed you will roll the dice. The person rolling the dice is called a shooter. When playing alone, you’ll always be the shooter, but in a multi player craps game each player gets a turn to be the shooter. The first roll of the dice in each round is called the come out roll. If the come-out has a value of 2,3,7 or 12, the round ends, and the next round begins. For any other number that is rolled (called a “point”) the round goes on until the shooter either rolls a 7 or that specific point again.

The Different Craps Bets That Can Be Made

The Pass Line Bet
The most fundamental craps bet is the pass line bet. This bet offers even odds of 1 to 1. When the come out roll is 7 or 11, if you bet on the pass line, you’ll immediately win – also called a “natural”. If on the other hand, the come out roll is 2,3 or 12 you’ll immediately lose if you bet on the pass line.

When a point (4,5,6,8,9,10) is rolled on the come out, if on the following rolls you get that same point before the 7 you’ll win. However, should the 7 arrive before that same point arrives, the pass line bet loses. Once you understand this fundamental bet you’ll be able to start enjoying online craps. To enhance your betting skills and enjoyment there are other more interesting betting choices at your disposal.

The Don’t Pass Bet
The don’t pass bet can be considered as the opposite to that of the pass line bet. It has the same payout of 1 to 1. If the come out roll is 2 or 3 you’ll win, and should it be 7 or 11 you’ll lose. 12 is considered a tie.

If on the come out roll a point is rolled, the round continues until a 7 or point is rolled. Should the 7 arrive before the point, then the don’t pass bet wins and vice versa.

The Come Bet
This is equivalent to the pass line bet, the only difference being that you you make the wager after the come out roll. Each time you place a come bet the bet is handled as if it were the come out role, with the same rules applying. So if you hit a 7 or 11 after placing a come bet you win, while you’ll lose if 2,3 or 12 is rolled. A point roll means a come bet will win if that same point arrives before the 7 in the following rolls.

The Don’t Come Bet
The equivalent of the don’t pass bet, the don’t come bet is made after the come out roll. Once you place a don’t come bet the general rules of the come out roll apply. So if you hit a 2,3 or 12 you’ll win, while a 7 or 11 will condemn you to a loss. A point roll means that a don’t come bet will win if a 7 arrives before that same point in the subsequent rolls.

Odds Bets
Odds bets are additional bets placed on the point after your initial pass line, don’t pass line, come or don’t come bet. It is essentially a means of backing up and increasing the amount you wagered on your initial bet.

When you you play odds on a previous pass line or come bet, it is called taking the odds and wins if the specific point from the come out round is rolled again before the 7.

Playing odds on the previous don’t pass or don’t come bets is called laying the odds. Here you’ll win if 7 is rolled again before the point.

The Place Bet
Place bets can be played at any point in the game- they don’t require a pass line or come bet to be made. These are bets on single point numbers. So you could bet on a 4,5,6,8,9 or 10. If it is rolled before the 7 you win. You can also remove your place bet at any point during the game.

The Place to Lose Bet
Place to lose bets can be played at any point in the game- they don’t require a don’t pass line or don’t come bet to be made. Here you’re betting that the 7 will be rolled before the points of 4,5,6,8,9 or 10. You can also remove your place to lose bet at any point during the game.

The Buy Bet
The only difference between the buy bet and the place bet is that the odds are more favorable. Odds on the buy bet are:

  • Points 4 and 10 have odds of 2 to 1
  • Points 5 and 9 have odds of 3 to 2
  • Points 6 and 8 have odds of 6 to 5

 
Given these more favorable odds, most online operators charge a commission for placing a buy bet; usually 4 to 5% on the winning amount.

The Lay Bet
As with the buy bet, a lay bet has only one real difference from the place to lose bet- that is, the odds paid. If a 7 is rolled before the point numbers the following odds will be paid for a win:

  • Points 4 and 10 have odds of 1 to 2
  • Points 5 and 9 have odds of 2 to 3
  • Points 6 and 8 have odds of 5 to 6

 
Again, a commission of 4 to 5% is charged for placing a lay bet.

Field Bets
There is a section on the craps table where you can lay your chips to wager that the roll will land on 2,3,4,9,10,11 or 12. If it lands on a 2 the odds paid is 2 to 1, while on 12 the odds paid is 3 to 1. All the other numbers have even money odds of 1 to 1. If the roll does not land on these numbers you’ll lose this bet.

Big 6 Bet
This is a bet that a 6 will be rolled before the 7

Big 8 Bet
A bet that an 8 will be rolled before the 7

The Proposition Bets
These are bets placed for a single roll and are usually made by placing your chips in a box on the right side of the table. A proposition bet is similar to a number bet in roulette, where if that number or combination doesn’t appear, you immediately lose the bet, and of course, should you be fortunate and it is rolled, you’ll win with considerably high odds.

  • Seven: a seven must be thrown. Odds 4 to 1
  • Any craps: A 2, 3 or 12 must be thrown . Odds: 7 to 1
  • Craps 2: A 2 must be thrown. Odds: 30:1
  • Craps 3: A 3 must be thrown. Odds:15:1
  • (yo)Eleven: An 11 must be thrown, Odds: 15:1
  • Craps 12: A 12 must be thrown. Odds 30:1

 
It must be cautioned, that even the odds for these proposition bets are high, they offer considerably poor value to the player, as the chances of them being rolled are slight.

Hard Way Bets
Hard way bets are placed on the hard 4, 6, 8 or 10. The term hard way implies that after the roll, the 4 needs to be made up of two 2′s, the 6 of two 3′s, etc. If you make a hard way 6 bet (two 3′s) you’ll win if the hard six is rolled before a soft six (e.g. 5 and 1) or a 7. Hard way bets have the following odds:

  • Hard 4 or 10: Pays 7 to 1
  • Hard 6 or 8: 9 to 1

 
Again, while the odds for these hard way bets are high, the chances of them being rolled are slim; you’ll be better using a more measured betting approach. In the odds table below you’ll be able to assess which are the more measured bets to wager.

The minute you have had the chance to practice, improve and eventually master these betting strategies, you’ll be ready to get the most out of your craps experience. Head over to a craps lounge at one of our recommended online casinos, and remember to be wise with those dollars, but most of all have fun.