A traditional craps table is large and covered in green felt, with a printed diagram in white, black, yellow and red. The table has areas for placing come, field, pass, place and more types of bets. There will also be areas with numbers, and space to place more complicated bets on the gameplay.
Craps is a dice game, played with two dice. The total number of possible combinations adding up to 7 is greater than for any other number, and this is what the game is based on. The first and most common type of bet placed during a craps game is a pass or no pass bet. This bet is placed before the dice are rolled. You win a pass bet if a 7 or 11 is rolled first. Or, if the dice roll results in a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this sets a point on the craps table.
Now, your pass bet is that before the next 7, that same number will appear again. On a pass bet, you lose if a 2, 3 or a 12 comes out, or if a 7 is rolled after a point is set but before the number appears again. A don’t pass bet is the opposite – betting against the dice. You win the bet if a 2, 3 or a 12 come out first.
Similar to pass and don’t pass bets, but they are placed after the first roll - also known as the come-out roll. If you’re paying attention to the odds of the game, come bets favour the player ever so slightly more than pass bets, making them some of the smartest bets to place on a craps table.
Place bets are more challenging bets on the craps table, but, on the bright side, they come with bigger winnings. Place bets apply to the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, and you’re betting that this number will come up before a 7 does. So, if you made a place bet on 10 and the shooter rolled a 10 before a 7, you win. Place bets are always made after the come-out roll. Of all the place bets, 6 and 8 are the numbers with the best odds.
The two other most common types of betting on a craps table are field bets and proposition bets. Both styles of betting, though they look like an easy win, actually heavily favour the house rather than the player.
Field bets are placed in the large areas on the outside of the table, where the all the possible number totals excluding 5-8 have been placed. A field bet is gambling that one of these numbers will be rolled first. Though it seems like a safe bet, there is actually a higher chance that the numbers 5-8 will be rolled. So, in truth, this is not a very safe bet to make on the craps table.
Proposition bets sit at the centre of the table and are divided into two different types of bet: hardway bets and one-rolls. Hardway bets are a gamble that a number appear the ‘hard’ way, so an 8 will be rolled with two fours, or a 6 with two 3s. That is simple to understand, but not the safest bet on the table!
For the one-roll bets, there are a few different types, each with its own odds, though none as safe as a pass or don’t pass bet. An any-7 bet is placed to show that the next roll will be a 7 in any combination. The payout for this bet is 4 to 1. You can also bet on any craps number to come out next. Remember that craps numbers are 2, 3 and 12. Payout is 7 to 1.
Craps certainly is a fast and fun game, with the potential of making good winnings. The first things to do is be sure that you know how likely certain numbers are to appear, and with a bit of practice it’s possible to master this ancient dice game.