Best Online Casinos For Craps 

This may catch you by surprise but Casinos do offer a game where they have no edge on some of their bets. That means you and the house (casino) have an equal opportunity to win on a bet.

That game my friend is called craps. If I were a betting man (and I am), I would put money on that when someone mentions casino your mind would either picture slots or a craps game.

Online casino craps vs. Physical casino craps

Outside having to leave your house to go to a physical casino, while playing on a phone or computer at your convenience, there are some other differences.

For starters, if you’ve ever been to a physical casino it’s usually got the most “action” or most lively place in the building. Blackjack has it from time to time but nowhere near the excitement.

Unlike poker, you’re only playing against the house which makes it a highly social game. It’s what makes the table loudest and most active place in the casino. Everyone is rooting for everyone to win, as long as it doesn’t mean you lose your bet.

Birdseye view of a craps table

You don’t get the same excitement when you’re playing online craps because you don’t get the same social aspect as you do in a physical casino. We wouldn’t consider this a negative, especially if you’re a new player.

When you see the commotion as a new player it can be quite intimidating and the game seems to move a million miles a second. You can also play at your own pace to allow yourself to get more familiar with the game instead of moving at the speed of the more advanced players.

In the casino, you play with actual dice. Online casinos use a random number generator for their games unless it’s a live dealer table.

Unlike poker, you’re only playing against the house which makes it a highly social game. It’s what makes the table loudest and most active place in the casino. Everyone is rooting for everyone to win, as long as it doesn’t mean you lose your bet.

You don’t get the same excitement when you’re playing online craps because you don’t get the same social aspect as you do in a physical casino. We wouldn’t consider this a negative, especially if you’re a new player.

When you see the commotion as a new player it can be quite intimidating and the game seems to move a million miles a second. You can also play at your own pace to allow yourself to get more familiar with the game instead of moving at the speed of the more advanced players.

In the casino, you play with actual dice. Online casinos use a random number generator for their games unless it’s a live dealer table.

How to play craps

Craps is an intimidating game because of the large number of rules and bets you can make. Mix these factors in with the commotion the game causes and you’re head starts spinning. To help you out we are going to break down the game as simple as possible.

The basic rules of craps

There are over 30 different bets you can make when you’re playing craps. The game's foundation is based on the “pass the line” bet which we will go over later.

You can place your chips on the pass the line bet yourself but for other bets that can be made the dealer must place the chips for you.

If you play the pass the line bet you’re looking for the first roll to be a 7 or 11 on the comeout to win and hope a 2, 3, or 12 gets rolled because they would cause you to lose your bet. The comeout is the name for the roll when there are no points on the table.

Birdseye view of a craps table

If any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) it becomes a point. When you roll a point on the comeout you keep rolling until you hit the same point or lose by rolling a 7. You win the pass line if you roll the same number before a 7.

If the shooter (person throwing the dice) makes their point, they will shoot another comeout until the “sevens out” which means they rolled a seven after a point has been established. If this happens then a new person will become the shooter.

Now you know the very basics of craps and walk up to a table and play the game in it’s most basic form. Now we will begin to start going over the more complex ways to play it and help you avoid some common mistakes.

Craps rules

We’ve taught you the basic game but there are some more rules you should know about before placing bets. If you’re a more advanced player you can probably skip this section but it might also be a good idea to go through it as a refresher.

There are some differences between online and physical casino play. We will point these out when there are differences but the game is played the same.

People working the table 

In a physical casino, you will have four people working the table. First, you have the boxman who is overseeing the whole game making sure that everyone at the table follows the rules of the game.

You have the stick man who is the guy, as you guessed, who has the stick to pull in or push the dice after they’ve shooter has thrown the dice. He will also handle all of your proposition bets.

Lastly, you have two dealers at each end of the table. These guys are the ones who give you your chips and handle your chips when you want to place bets on their end of the table.

Since all of this can be automated by technology for online casinos, the bets are placed and winning decisions are managed automatically.

Number of dice 

When playing craps in a physical casino the boxman will offer the shooter 5 dice that are 6 sided. The shooter will then pick 2 of the 5 to throw. In online casinos, you will not have to do this.

When the dice are thrown the value of the roll is determined by adding the two numbers of dice together. For example, if one die lands on a 1 and the other 5, then the value of the throw is 6.

All your bets will be determined on the value of the dice together and never on the value of one die alone.

Buying chips or credits 

In a physical casino, you would use cash to buy chips from the dealers or you may have chips leftover from blackjack  or another game you were playing. If you’re at a physical casino be sure not to try to hand the dealer your money because they must take the money off the table. 

In an online casino, you don’t have to get this complicated. All you need to do is deposit money into your account and that amount can be used to play online craps.

Shooter

On online casinos, there is not shooter because the dice are virtual and are determined by a random number generator.

In a physical casino, the shooter is the person who is throwing the dice. Just as we described above, if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 in the comeout the pass line bet wins. If they roll anything then they’ve made a point.

From that point on, they continue to roll until they’ve rolled the same value to win the pass line bet or they “sevens out” then the dice will rotate to a new player. If the pass line bet loses on a 2, 3, or 12 then the shooter continues to shoot but their next roll is considered a comeout where they can either roll a 7 or 11 to win the pass line bet or establish a new point.

Making bets

In a physical casino you can place your own chips on bets that are marked “pass line,” “come,” and “field.” For all other bets you place your chips infront of yourself and ask the dealer to place the bet where you want it. This ensures the dealer knows who made which bet.

Birdseye view of a craps table

For online casinos making bets is a bit more simple. In an online casino you will have images of chip values and see the full table of where you can place bets. First, click on the chip value you wish to bet and then click on the spot of the table where you wish to place your bet.

Betting limits 

In online casinos, you will typically be asked to make a bet within a range. However, in physical casinos, there will be a placard establishing what the min and max bets can be made on each type of bet.

The min and max ranges are there to establish how much you can bet. For example, let’s say you want to make a bet that has a min bet of $5 and a max of $100. This means you can’t bet $3 on that bet and you’re unable to make a $101 bet on that particular bet.

Craps betting options

You a ton about the rules but now you need to understand the number of different bets you can make. There are over 30 different types of bets you can make but they break down between one roll bets and multiple roll bets.

Single roll bets

Single roll bets are the type of bet that is made trying to predict the next roll. Some of these can pay as high as 30-1 which means that if you’re right then the casino will pay you back 30x your initial bet. For example, if you bet $5 the casino would pay $150.

Single roll bets

showing where field bet is made.

When you bet the field you’re wagering that the next roll of the dice will be 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. This means that if the next roll is a 5, 6, 7, or 8 then you lose this bet.

If the roll totals to 3 - 11 the casino will pay you even money. If the next roll is a 2 or 12 then the casino will pay you 2 to 1 odds most of the time and if they are generous they will pay 3 to 1. With these payouts on 2 and 12 the houses edge is 5.56% and 2.78%.

On the surface, this seems like a very good bet to make but considering there are 16 different dice combinations that win you a field bet while there are 20 different dice combinations to lose it.

2 or 12 bet

picture of chip placement for 2 or 12 bet in online craps

This bet pays out 30 to 1 to the player. The catch here is that you can only bet on the next roll being a 2 or 12. If you bet that the next roll will be a 2 and it comes up 12 then you still lose the bet because you must pick one or the other.

As you know there is only one winning combinations for 2 or 12 while there are 35 different combinations you can lose.

3 or 11

This bet will pay out 15 to 1. You have to pick 11 or 3 just like the 2 or 12 bets. This means there are 2 winning combinations and 34 losing combinations.

Any 7

chip placement of any 7 bet in online craps

Winners are paid 4 to 1 when this bet is picked correctly. When you make this bet there are 6 different dice combinations that can win you the bet while 30 of them will lose you the bet.  

Any craps

When you play any craps then you’re betting that the next roll will be a 2, 3, or 12. This bet has 4 winning combinations and 32 losing combinations. When you win you can expect a 7 to 1 payout.  

Hop bets

chip placement of hop bets in online craps

These bets are the ones that are pictured on the table. You’re likely to hear someone mention something like a “hard eight.” That means that the shooter rolled an 8 by rolling a 4 on each die. This is just one example and the numbers don’t have to be a “hard number” either.

When the numbers must be matching then it’s a hard hop and when they are not its an easy hope. A hard hop has one winning combination and easy hop has two winning combinations.

This typically pays out 30 to 1 because there is either one or two winning combinations with 35 or 34 losing ones.

Multi-Roll Betts

We covered the higher payout single roll bets but now it’s time to talk about multi-roll bets. These bets don’t payout as high but they are good multiple rolls until an event makes you or the casino a winner. 

Pass

chip placement of pass the line bet in online craps

This is the foundation of the craps table betting. It has a pretty decent house edge of 1.41%. The bet is paid out evenly, which means the lower risk comes with lower rewards. This bet can have you rooting for the seven at times and dreading it the next roll.

The pass line bet starts with the “come out” which is the shooters first throw. If you’re walking up to a table for the first time you can tell if the throw is a comeout by looking for a big black disk on the table labeled “off”.

If you see the disk on a number and flipped on the opposite side which is white with the word “on” then you know the next throw is not a come out. Now that we’ve established what the come out is and what it is let’s see how it works with the pass bet.

If you’re betting the pass on the come out and the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 then it’s a winning bet. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 then you’ve lost the bet because the shooter has crapped out. If any other number (5, 6, 8, 9, 10) is thrown then don’t worry because your bet is still good and means the shooter has made a point.

The dealer will take the disc we talked about and place it on the white side on top of the point that was made. Once this happens you’re rooting for the shooter to roll that number again before they roll a 7.

An example would be if the shooter rolls a 5 on the comeout. Then the next several rolls are 2, 8, 11, and 6. This doesn’t impact you because the bet is decided if the shooter rolls a 5 again for you to win the bet and a 7 which loses you the bet.

Come

chip placement of come bet in online craps

Just like the pass bet, there is a 1.41% house edge. You would make this bet when the come out is already established then this is the bet you make.

Let’s use our last example with a come out of 5. On this bet a 7 or 11 wins you the bet but would be a loser for the pass bet. If a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled then your come bet is a loss but your pass bet is still alive.

This is where some of the commotion at the table comes from is because the pass bettors are rooting against the 7 while the come bettors are hoping for it. If an 11 is rolled then everyone is happy because the come wins and the pass bet is still alive.

Free odds/ Lay odds

Don’t get too excited, you still have to put money at risk in this wager but it’s the only wager you’ll find in a casino that has no edge for the casino because it pays out on it’s true odds.

To take part in these bets you have to either bet on the pass to make a free odds bet. After a point is made in the come out, the casino will allow you to match or make a multiple of your original bet on the pass line.

The advantage of this is that the payout is the true odds of the event happening. So that means that an 8 or 6 payout 6 to 5, 9 or 5 pay out 3 to 2, and 4 or 10 will pay out 3 to 1.

For lay odds better, it works exactly the same but now you’re rooting for the 7 instead of the point.

Don’t come and pass

chip placement for don't pass the line or come bet in online craps

This is the exact opposite of the pass and come bets. If the comeout is a 2 or 3 then you win and push if it’s a 12. If the come out is aa 7 or 11 then don’t better lost. After a point is made, you’re rooting for a 7 before the point is rolled and if you the point is made you lose.

If your goal is to be popular at the table then this isn’t the bet for you. This bet will have you rooting against the shooter and likely majority of the table. For a loss in popularity, you do get to close the gap between you in the house because it’s at 1.36%.

Place bets

chip placement of place bets in online craps

Are you the impatient type? Place bets are for you because you don’t have to wait for the comeout. What you’re doing is placing a bet on a number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) before the shooter rolls a 7.

Just like the pass bet, it doesn’t matter what number the shooter rolls as long as it’s not a 7 or the number you selected. If you bet the 6 or 8 the payout is 7 to 6 giving the house a edge of 1.52%.

If you decide to bet on a 5 or 9 the payout is 7 to 5 with a house edge of 4%. Finally if you decide to place a bet on 4 or 11the payout is 9 to 5 with a house edge of 6.67%

Buy bets

chip placement of buy bets for online craps

Very similar to place bets but the payouts are the true odds of the actual event happening. The catch is the house takes a commission on the bet. If the house takes a  commission of 5% then. This puts the house edge at 4.67% on a 4 or 10.

In some casinos, they charge a 2% commision fee. This lowers their edge even more where you see improvements on 9 or 5 with a 2% edge and 1.67% for 4 or 10. In this type of bet, you’re betting off using the place bet for 6 or 8 because the house’s edge increase from 1.52% to 2.27%.

Hardways

In this bet, you’re betting that a number will come up on a hard hop before a 7 or the number you picked is rolled in any other combination.

Let’s say you picked a hard 4 as your bet. This means you’re betting that both dice will show 2’s before the shooter rolls a 7 or any other combination of for (like 1 and 3 for example.) The payouts are 9-1 on 6 or 8 and 7 to 1 on 4 or 10.

Conclusion

Craps can be a really fun and exciting game to play. On the surface, it may seem like it’s a complicated game but once you get the hang of it you can join the excitement online or in a physical casino. 


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