Craps is composed of rounds in which two dice are rolled to decide the results
of bets. "Come out" is the name of the first roll. The come out roll
will resolve bets if a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 total is rolled since such rolls
will stop the round at once. The "point" is established and the
round will continue if a total of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled. On top of
the number that is established as the point, you will see a white puck. The
dice will continue to be rolled until the point is rolled again or a 7 is
rolled. You will find below the explanations of the various bets.
The Pass Line
Wagering on the pass line is the simplest and most basic of all the craps
wagers. The pass line pays even money. Place your bet on the "Pass
Line" area. You can roll the dice after you have placed this wager. The
bet wins if a 7 or 11 comes up. The bet loses if a 2, 3 or 12 comes up. The
player's bets last until either the point is made (the bet wins) or a 7 is
rolled (the bet loses.)
There is no house edge on an “odds” bet in Craps. You can take
odds on your pass line wager any time after the come-out roll. You place the
bet behind your original pass line bet. The sign to the left of the table
shows the amount of odds you can take. You will win your odds bet and pass
line bet if the point is made before a seven is rolled. The odds line bet will
pay out at 6-5 if the point is six or eight, 3-2 if the point is five or nine,
and 2-1 if the point is four or ten.
The odds multiples permitted are explained below:
1X - odds bet equal to your pass line bet
2X - odds bet of double your pass line bet
Full Double Odds - 2.5 times odds on six or eight and double on all other
3X - odds wager of triple your pass line bet
3-4-5X - 3 times odds on 4 and 10, 4 times odds on 5 and 9, 5 times odds on 6
5X - odds bet of 5 times your pass line bet
10X - odds bet of 10 times your pass line bet
20X - odds bet of 20 times your pass line bet
100X - odds bet of 100 times your pass line bet
Think of this as the opposite of the pass line bet. You will win even money if
a two or three is rolled. You will lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. The bet is a
push if a 12 is rolled. After the point is established, you win if a seven is
rolled before the point is made.
When you are laying odds on the Don't Pass bet, you are wagering on a 7 being
rolled before the point. The Laying Odds bet payout is as follows - if the
4 or 10, payout is 1-2
5 or 9, payout is 2-3
6 or 8, payout is 5-6
The odds multiplier is in effect to set the limits of the amount of odds the
player can lay.
A unique circumstance exists with the come wager: if there are still active
come wagers when point is made then special rules apply to the come out roll.
The come out roll is still active to the come wagers but does not apply to the
respective odds wagers. If the come wager is resolved on a come out roll, then
the odds wagers are returned.
To place a come bet, place your chips on the area marked “Come.”
After the next roll, the bet will move up to the number rolled. You will win
the come wager if that number is made before a seven is rolled. You will win
the come bet at even money, just like the Pass Line, if a seven or eleven is
rolled on the first roll of the come bet. If a two, three, or twelve is rolled
on the first roll of the come bet, the bet loses. And also, just like the
Pass Line, you may take odds on your come bet after the first roll by placing
your bet behind the come bet after it has been moved to the number.
Don't Come Wager
The don't come wager is like the don't pass wager, but it is made on a
non-come out roll.
The "place" numbers in craps are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. The place
bet lets you cover all or some of the place numbers at once, without waiting
for the come out roll or the come wagers. During the come out roll, place bets
wagers are turned "off".
You are betting that a 6 and/or an 8 will be rolled before a 7. This pays even
Buy Bets are the same as Place Bets, except there are different pay outs. You
may buy any of the place numbers by betting that number will be rolled before
a 7 is rolled. All the buy bets pay 1-1 minus a 5% house commission.
The four different hard ways bets are 4, 6, 8 and 10. A hard way is arriving
at one of the even points with a pair. For, example, two 4s would equal a hard
8. The house pays as follows:
Hard 4 or 10 pays 7-1
Hard 6 or 8 pays 9-1
Lay bets are the opposite of buy bets. You lay odds that a 7 will be rolled
before any of the points. You must pay a 5% commission on the fair odds. Fair
odds are as follows:
4 and/or 10 pays 1-2
5 and/or 9 pays 2-3
6 and/or 8 pays 5-6
You may wager on any of the points. If the number you wagered on is rolled
before a 7, then you will win according to the following chart:
4 and/or 10 pays 9-5
5 and/or 9 pays 7-5
6 and/or 8 pays 7-6
Proposition bets are placed just on the next roll.
A bet that a 2 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at 30-1.
bet that a 3 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at 15-1.
A bet that a 7 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at 4-1.
A bet that an 11 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at 15-1.
A bet that a 12 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at 30-1.
A bet that a 2, 3 or 12 will be thrown on the next roll will pay out at
A bet that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 will be thrown on the next roll; the 3, 4,
9, 10 and 11 will pay even money and the 1 and 12 will pay out at 2-1.