Tips and Strategies
and Strategies for CRAPS
Craps involves rolling a pair of dice. The player who
rolls the dice is known as the "shooter". When
two dice are rolled, any number between 2 and 12 can come
up. Some numbers appear more often than others. For example
there are six different ways to roll a 7, but only one
way to roll a 2 or a 12. The number 7 has a better than
16% chance of coming up on each roll, whereas there is
less than 3% chance of rolling a 2 or 12. Probabilities
for other numbers are as follows: 6s and 8s under 14%,
5s and 9s nearly 11%, 4s and 10s almost 8%, 3s and 11s
slightly less than 6%.
As you can see 7 is the most frequently rolled number,
thats why the game revolves mostly around that number.
The number 7 wins only if it comes up on the come-out
roll. If it is rolled while the shooter is trying
to repeat his point number, the 7 loses, but the point
number wins. More about that in a moment.
Craps table layouts at online casinos usually show only
one half of the table. In a live casino the second half
is exactly the same, making it a bigger table so that
more players can join in and place bets.
When a new shooter rolls the dice the first time its
called the "come-out" roll. Supposing the shooter
rolls a 7, then a 5, that means the 5 becomes the point.
The shooter continues to roll the dice until his point
number (in this case 5) repeats or he "sevens-out"
(rolls another 7). When either of these things happen,
that particular round of play is over. A new shooter makes
a new come-out roll.
The game is tracked using a plastic marker. This marker
is black on one side, and white on the other. When the
marker is turned black side up, it indicates that the
shooter is making a come-out roll. After the shooter makes
his point, the marker is flipped over, with the white
side up, and placed on the number that corresponds to
While this is going on, you can place your first bet.
On the table layout youll see two lines, one marked
"pass", the other "dont pass".
For now well concentrate on the more popular of
the two, which is "pass". Pass and dont
pass bets are basically direct opposites of each other
but carry about the same odds,
To place your bet, simply put your wager somewhere on
the pass line. If the number rolled on the come-out is
7 or 11 you win and are paid 1:1. You would then bet on
a new come-out roll. If the dice thrown total 2, 3 or
12 (a "crap"), you lose your bet. If the total
is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number becomes the "point".
Let's say you have made a pass line bet and a point of
5 has been established. You may now bet an amount equal
to your pass line wager by placing it behind your pass
line bet, but outside the pass-line strip. This means
an "odds bet" on 5. If 7 turns up before 5,
you lose both bets. If 5 is thrown before 7, you win both
The odds bet is the best bet you can make in a casino
because the house has absolutely no edge. The casino will
pay you true odds. For example, if youve bet pass
line with odds and the point is 10, you will receive a
2-1 payment on your odds bet. The amount you win depends
on what the point is, and how difficult it is to roll
that point number. (See the percentages in an earlier
paragraph.) On points of 4 or 10 the pay-off is 2 to 1,
on points of 5 and 9 it's 3 to 2 and on points of 6 or
8 you get 6 to 5.
Now you know the most favorable and most popular bets
you can make in Craps. The casino edge on a pass line
with odds bet is less than 1%. There are many other types
of bets, most of which have too great a house advantage.
For now stick to what youve learned here. You will
get to know about the "sucker" bets soon enough.
Winning at Craps:
Here is my formula for winning at craps: Set your perimeters.
Decide in advance how much of a bankroll you're willing
to risk and how big a win you'd be happy with.
Personally, my aim is to win an amount equal to what I
start with. If I buy-in for $50, I will quit when I've
doubled my stake or lost it. With my objectives clearly
defined, I can not get into a situation I might sorely
regret later. Whether the session ends positive or negative,
I take an extended break before trying again.
In craps, as in most other games, if you want to win big
money, you have to risk big money. There is probably no
way around this fact. But, as a smart gambler you don't
make large bets with the money you brought to the table.
Keep your wagers small until you can bet back what was
the casinos money -- your winnings.
Start cautiously, wager no more than the minimum unit
required. When you win, bet two units. Win again, risk
three units. If you win a third time, bet five units.
Then stay at that level until you lose. Revert back to
the table-minimum after a loss. This assures that you
risk only your winnings in pursuit of larger gains, while
making your own, original bankroll last as long as possible.
Dont risk more than your predetermined stake. Conversely,
once you've reached what you set out to win, cash in and
pat yourself on the back for being so smart!