The Origins of Craps
Craps first began as a street game in the 20th century. Known for its simple rules, easy betting structure and appealing odds, the game quickly grew in favour and is today a popular game in casinos. This dice based game uses two individual dice, along with a specially designed table displaying all the betting options available to players.
How to Play Craps Online
In traditional casino craps, the first player (known as a ‘shooter’) starts the game by placing a bet equal or more than the table minimum on one of two outcomes – ‘pass the line’ or ‘don’t pass the line’. The shooter must then select two dice from a selection, presented to them by the ‘stickman’, one of the casino dealers responsible for operating the game. These two dice are then used for play. The shooter is then responsible for the first throw of the dice. Both are thrown together, and when played in a casino, must be handled in a certain way. Both dice must strike the edges of the table in order to be classed as a valid throw.
The best craps bets are almost always the ‘Pass Line’ and ‘Don’t Pass Line’ bets, giving the player a 50/50 chance of landing a win, and reducing the edge of the house. You can also secure good odds by betting against the line. This involves placing a bet on the shooter rolling a 7 before they hit their point. If you’re looking to play for longer, it’s advised you pick a strategy and stick to it. You won’t win a bet on every roll, but patience pays off. Keep your starting wagers small, concentrate on specific bets and be persistent.
There’s tons of variations on the common craps game. High Point Craps does away with smaller values, requiring the shooter to roll a high starting value. Rolling a high value secures you even money, and everything in between sets the point. New York Craps is another popular version of the game, removing the option of Come and Don’t Come bets, and requiring the player bets on numbers 4 through 10. The odds are slightly worse for NY Craps.