Craps has become widely known as the “gambler’s gamble”. The game is played by rolling a dice and players place bets on where the dice will land. Craps is believed to be the most widespread of all the gambling forms, primarily because it has proliferated to more informal settings such as the streets, due to the fact that it requires relatively little equipment. Whereas in street craps (also known as shooting dice), gamblers place bets against each other, casino versions usually dictate that the player places his/her bet against the house. In this article we will focus primarily on the casino version of the game and aim to highlight some important features of it.
“Bank” craps (as the casino version is often referred to), requires multiple players to play against the casino. The player who roles the dice is referred to as the shooter, and he/she is given two out of 5 dice to choose from for their round. It is usually up to the house to determine how much value they will place on a specific number. Often there is a line drawn on the table that determines the “don’t pass” and “pass” lines and players place their bets by placing their chips at their given section of the board. Shooters are replaced at the end of each round and the game moves in clockwise to determine the next player.
A typical round consists of two phases: The “coming out” phase and the “point” phase. The come out roll that consists of the numbers 2, 3 or 12 will result in the players losing the pass line bet. On the other hand, if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, players would have won their pass line bets. Thereafter, once the shooter rolls a 4, 5,6,8,9 or 10 the dealer will then indicate that the particular number he rolled is the point number. If the shooter proceeds to roll to that specific point number then they would have won that round (and lost if the number 7 was rolled).
Craps is a fun and exhilarating game that will without a doubt be played for generations to come.