When played on a casino floor, the game of craps can be loud and rowdy. Played online, however, craps becomes an enjoyable game dice game of chance with multiple ways to bet and many ways to win big. While the game rules are simple enough to follow, the trick to playing a good session of craps is learning the different bets available and remembering which to apply and which to avoid.
In the 12th Century, a group of Knights laid siege to the town of Hazarth. To pass away the time as they lay low, the knights, led by Sir William of Tyre, invented a simple dice game called Hazard after the town. The game grew in popularity, especially in England of the Middle Ages, and it became so part of the local scene that the famous author, Geofrey Chaucer mentioned it in his book, The Canterbury Tales.
Hazard could be found in all forms, and became popular among the nobility and royals who played the game at local gambling establishments. But Hazard did not remain within the borders of England and was soon picked up by the French who, for an unknown reason, called it Crabs.
The name changed again when Craps reached the shores of North America and was called creps or crebs, depending on which part of the continent it was being played. Somehow, down the line, the name Craps stuck and is still used today.
John H. Winn was responsible for formulating rules and strategies for Craps in 1907 and introduced new types of bets. The popularity of Craps grew as it became available in Vegas casinos from the 1930s onwards.
Craps was introduced to online casinos in the mid 1990s and has become a permanent fixture at all reputable gaming sites.
Craps is a game of chance, and, unlike games such as blackjack or video poker, players cannot alter the outcome of the game by learning a basic strategy. The only thing that determines the outcome is the throw of two dice on the craps table. Each combination of numbers thrown has its own odds, and players need to wager on these combinations to receive a payout if their predictions are correct.
Naturally, some combinations will come out more often than others, however their payouts will be lower as a result. It is tempting to wager on combinations which have exceptionally high payouts, but players must realize that chances of landing that specific combination are not high.
Some of the combinations with the best odds are bets on the 6 or 8 to win or lose. Odds are 1.52% to win and 1.82% to lose – making them wagers with a good House Edge. Pass and Come bets have a 1.41% House Edge, lowered to 0.85% with Odds. Placing the 5 or 9 to lose comes with a House Edge of 2.5%, making it another reasonable bet. Bad bets include a Field Bet with odds of winning worse than 50/50, while Hardway and Proposition Bets should also be avoided due to their bad odds.
Most players new to the game of craps understand the basic premise in no time – simply make a bet and watch as the dice are thrown to reveal the combination. Any correct wagers are promptly paid out. The challenge in Craps comes from understanding the different types of bets available and making a decision about which to make.
Let's first look at the very basics of craps – it played on a craps table, with the only other 'equipment' required being a pair of dice. Players place their bets during the betting period with everyone around required to make a Pass or Don't Pass bet. The game is played against the dealer, with the bets made by others around the table of no consequence to the player.
The shooter (player) rolls the Come Out roll or the first dice roll. A 7 or 11 will see the pass line wager pay out and the dice are rolled again. Should the Come Out roll present a 2, 3 or 12, the Pass line loses. If any other number combination, besides those mentioned above, is rolled, that number becomes the point number. The dice are then rolled until a 7 or, alternatively, the point number is rolled. If the point number is rolled first, the Pass Line wager wins. However, if a 7 is rolled first, the Pass Line wager loses.
Aces: The next dice roll will result in a Two.
Any Craps: The next dice roll will result in 2, 3 or 12.
Any Seven: The next dice roll will result in a 7.
Back Line: Another name for the Don't Pass Line.
Betting Right: The dice will win on Don't Pass Line and Come bets.
Big Eight: The next dice roll will be an eight before seven.
Big Six: Players bet that the dice will result in six before a 7.
Big Red: A wager on any seven.
Boxcars: Two 6's
Buffalo: A Hardway or Any Seven bet
C and E Bet: A wager that the next dice roll will land a 2, 3, 12 or 11.
Come Bet: A wager placed after the Come Out roll.
Crap: 2, 3 or 12
Crap Out: A throw which lands 2, 3 or 12.
Don't Come: A bet that 7 will land before the point is rolled again.
Don't Pass Bet: A bet against the dice before the Come Out roll.
Double Odds: Doubling the Don't Come, Pass Line, Don't Pass Line Come bets.
Easy Way: Combinations of 4, 6, 8 and 10 on the dice.
Field Bet: A bet that the next roll of the dice will land 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Front Line: A Pass Line bet
Hardway: A bet that 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be thrown as doubles on the dice.
Hi-Lo: A bet that the next throw will land 2 or 12.
Horn Bet: A bet that the next throw will land 2, 3, 11 or 12 in multiples of 4.
Insurance Bet: Two or more wagers made to cover each other
Lay Bet: A bet that the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 won't be thrown before 7.
Line Bet: A bet on the Pass Line or Don't Pass Line.
Natural: A bet that 7 or 11 will land on the Come Out roll.
Outside Numbers: 4, 5, 9 and 10
Pass Line Bet: A bet that the dice will win or pass.
Place Bet: Bet that the place number will be rolled on the dice before a 7
Place Numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10
Point: The number established in the Come Out roll
Point Number: Number determined in the Come Out roll
Proposition Bets: One Roll Bet and Hardway Bet.
Snake Eyes: 2
Three Way Craps: Bets made in multiples of 3.
Whirl Bet: Betting on 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 using the same amount.
Craps is available for real money play at Mansion Casino Canada and can be played as soon as a real money account is open. This option is available to players who choose to access the casino's instant play Flash platform, as well as those who download the software first.
There are a number of short and easy steps to follow in order to open a real money account: