Craps : How To Play : Dice

First lets explore the area basic play, Pass Line bets, Place Bets and Field Bets (we'll wait until later to cover Come Bets and both types of Don't Bets

Basic Play - The Pass Line

The most basic play on the craps table is the Pass Line bet. To make this bet, simply place your chips (in any amount greater than the table minimum, which in our study will be $5) on the Pass Line directly in front of you. After all players have made their bets, the dice are passed by the stickman to the player who's 'turn' it is. Turn rotates around the table in a clockwise motion, only players who have bets on the Pass Line are allowed to throw the dice. If you wish to not throw the dice when it is your turn, simply shake your head to the stickman and he will pass the dice to the player to your left.

The 'Come Out Roll'

The first toss of the dice is called the Come Out Roll. The Come Out Roll establishes what is known as The Point. It is the object of the shooter to roll the dice until The Point is made before a roll of 7 is made. On the Come Out other rules do apply. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 all Pass Line bets are paid even money instantly and another Come Out roll takes place. If the shooter rolls 2, 3 or 12 (collectively called craps) all Pass Line bets are lost and taken by the dealers. Players who wish to continue replace their Pass Line bets and the same shooter throws another Come Out roll. If on this Come Out roll, the shooter throws a 4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10, a 'Point' is established and the dealers move a small white disc (called a 'Buck') to the large number on the layout to identify to all players what The Pointis. The object for the shooter now is to roll The Point or any other number before rolling a 7. If the shooter rolls a 7 all bets on the table are lost and the Come Out roll process begins again with a the dice moving to the next shooter on the left.

Pass Line Odds

The player has the opportunity to increase their Pass Line bet after a point is established. This is called Taking Odds. Casinos different Odds, so check the the Minimum Bet tile to see what odds are offered. Odds are placed by putting a bet behind the Pass Line bet. The payout for odds is the best bet in the casino, and the only bet that will actually pay true odds - there is no house advantage on Pass Line bet Odds.

Payout for Pass Line Odds if The Point is:
4 & 10 : 2 to 1
5 & 9 : 3 to 2
6 & 8 : 6 to 5

What does this mean? If the point is 4 or 10, you get paid 2 for every 1 bet ($20 for $10 Odds wager) 5 or 9 you get paid 3 for every 2 bet ($15 for $10 wager) 6 or 8 you get paid 6 for every 5 bet ($12 for $10). The usual Maximum odds bet allowed at casinos is 2x the original Pass Line bet... some casinos offer as much as 100x times odds. Amazing.

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