Rules of Craps

The game of craps offers fast-paced fun and excitement for bettors and shooters.  The large amount of money players can win, the excitement of betting on a roll of the dice and the exhortations of the stickman all lead to this being one of the most popular games in any casino.

Bettors gather around both wings of the table and place wagers on the shooter making (or not making) the roll required to win.  Craps offers some of the best bets in any casino, but you'll need to understand the basic rules of the game before you can enjoy it fully. Therefore, without further ado, here are the basic rules of betting game play:

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- The primary type of bet is the Pass Line bet.  This bet takes place during the Come-out Roll.  If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, they lose, as do the bettors.  A roll of 7 or 11 is an instant win for both shooter and players, as well. A Pass Line bet must be placed before the Come-Out roll; however, some casinos will allow a bet to be placed at any time during game play.  Ask before wagering.

- Never hand money to the dealer. Instead, place it on the table.  The dealer will give you corresponding chips.  All you need to do is tell the dealer where you want the bet placed.

- Pass bets are bets made that the player will pass the come-out roll and set a point.  Don't Pass bets are bets made against the shooter, in hopes that they will roll craps (2, 3 but not 12)?

- The point is any number rolled other than 2, 3, 12 or 7 and 11. Once rolled, this becomes the point, or what the player must roll again before rolling a 7, in order to win.

- The buck is a plastic disk, with 1 black and 1 white side.  The white side signifies "on" and is placed in the box corresponding to the current point.  The black side signifies "off" and is placed in the Don't Come box if a point has not yet been set.  The buck is only set to white if the upcoming roll is not a come-out roll.

- Field bets and proposition bets do not have to wait for the outcome of the come-out roll.  These can be made simply by placing a chip on the field and telling the dealer with bet you would like to make.  Hard Ways bets can also be made at any time, using the same method.

- The shooter may take as many rolls as necessary to complete their series. If the come-out bet sets a point, the shooter will continue rolling the dice until they hit either their point number or roll a 7.  Once either occurs, the shooter's turn is ended and the dice are passed to the next shooter.

- Shooting order runs clockwise around the table from the current shooter.