Craps is perhaps the most famous of all the dice games, and even just the mention of the game fosters images of classic Las Vegas gambling movies, with a Hollywood movie hunk throwing dice, the dice rolling end-over-end on the craps table in super-slow-motion, or a glamourous movie starlet kissing the dice to bring luck to our movie hero.
For all the Vegas and Hollywood glamour of land-based Craps at the casino, Online Craps is even surpassing its bricks-and-mortar casino cousin over the last few years. Craps in NJ is firmly established in the top 3 online casino games in terms of popularity the state.
Lesser known, especially among online players, is that craps online offers some of the best craps odds on the gaming market. Online Craps in NJ have a statistical payout of 99.53% of money wagered, which equates a house edge of less than 1%! With craps payouts being the highest of all online casino games, it’s no small wonder that the game is so popular.
Online Craps Rules all center on the roll of the dice, which in the case of an online craps game is a virtual roll that is generated by an automatic online randomizer (much in the same way that random number generators operate in other online gaming types like lottery, online slots or online poker).
Dice are always rolled by one of the players known as the ‘shooter’.
How to Play Craps
- Online Craps basic rules are simple.
- When playing craps online, you are always the shooter.
- You must place a wager on either the pass line or the don’t pass line. Players place money on ‘Line Bets’, which are explained in further detail below.
- After the pre-game bets are placed, the shooter begins the round by rolling the dice.
- The first roll is referred to as the ‘come out roll’ and it determines if the game will continue or not.
- If the come out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 – this is known as the ‘point’ and it allows for players to place more wagers for, or against it before rolling again.
- During the come out roll if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled then the game is over and a new game begins. A roll of a 7 or 11 and all pass line bets win. These numbers are all known as a ‘crap’.
- If the dice land on any other number that becomes the point. During the point phase, should the shooter roll a point, the pass line bets win. If the shooter rolls a 7, then the game is over.
- The goal of the game is to predict throughout the round that the dice will either land on a series of numbers or that they will not.
Craps Table Layout
First impressions of the Online Craps Table may possibly give the beginner the feeling that Craps is a quite complicated game, requiring a mind like a steel trap and understanding advanced craps strategy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Playing Online Craps is an easy-and-enjoyable pastime.
It may appear difficult as the wagering table has up-to-a-hundred different bet types.
Don’t be concerned. The bets with the best player odds are the easiest to understand.
Most of the other bet types – so called ‘sucker bets’, should best be avoided, as those bet types pits the odds against-the-player.
See the below image of the betting table.
Afterwards, consult our guide to the different wagers, and then we´ll provide you with some tips on craps strategy.
Start out playing Online Craps by placing a bet on Pass Line or Don´t Pass Bar. These are the two wagers with the best pay out odds, and form the foundation of the game of Online Craps.
Continuing below, we go through the different Craps wagers under the headlines of Line bets and Multi-Roll bets.
Later on, we’ll discuss ‘Sucker Bets’. We strongly advise against playing sucker bets. They’re tempting considering their high payouts, however, the house advantage for these types of wagers are very high, hence, the less-than-attractive name.
- Pass Line – Made at the beginning of the round, a Pass Line Bet pays even money if the shooter gets 7 or 11 on the initial dice throw, named the ‘Come Out’ roll. If the throw results in Craps (2,3 or 12) you´ll lose your bet and the game starts again. However, if you roll any other number, this becomes your Point number, and you keep shooting the dice. If the Point number comes up before the number 7, you win. If a 7 comes up first, you lose.After the initial dice throw, you are also allowed to place Odds wagers on the original bet. Usually you can wager three-to-five-times the original bet on the outcome of your Point number throws.
- Don’t Pass Line – A Don´t Pass Line Bet pays equal money if you win it. On the On Come Out roll, you win if you get 2 or a 3, you and the casino push if you get a 12, and you lose your wager if a Natural (7 or 11) rolls up. Any other number establishes a Point number that you roll against, and you win if number 7 turns up before the Point number. This bet is a mirrored bet of the Pass Line bet, and here you can add Odds bets after a Point is established. You should always play the Odds if you can afford to do so, as the odds are highly attractive for the Point number rolls.
- Come – A Come bet can be made after the Come Out roll, and works exactly as the Pass Line bet, with the same opportunity to add an Odds wager after a Point number has been established.
- Don’t Come – These bets can only be made after a point has been established.
- Field – With a Field Bet, you win if the result of the next roll is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
- Craps – a 7 or 11 Bet, also known as a ‘natural’.
Multi Roll Bets
- Place – Wagers that the shooter will roll a point before a 7.
- Buy – If the come out roll is a point number, there is potential to make a buy bet or that the same number will roll out again before the losing number 7 is rolled.
- Lay – A Lay bet is a wager that a point number will not appearbefore a 7 comes up.
- Put – Increasing a Pass Line Bet after a point has been established.
- Hard way – Hard Way Bets are placed on the numbers 4, 6, 8 & 10.
- Big 6 and Big 8 – Simple betting that a 6 or an 8 will appear.
Craps best strategy is to simply play-the-game. Why?
If you’re looking for an hour of mindless gambling fun, head to the online craps table. Ignore all the sucker bets. Just play “PASS LINE.” That’s all you have to remember: “PASS LINE.”
If you stick to that, the house will only have an advantage of around 1.40% (the lowest hose edge of any online casino game), and if you lay or take odds this reduces the house edge even further.
<h2>Best Craps Bets</h2>
For an optimal craps strategy, the best bets you can make are Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come. If you lay or take odds this reduces the house edge even further.
The Best Craps Bets have a statistical payout of 99.53% of money wagered, which equals a house edge of less than 1%!
Apart from the Pass line and Come bets, the Place 6, Place 8 and occasionally Field 2 or 12 are also bets offering you the best odds and chances of winning money.
Worst Craps Bets
Avoid ‘sucker bets’ wherever possible;
- Any 7 Bet
- Any Craps
- Horn Bets – Wagering 25% each on numbers 2,3,11 and 12.
- Hard Way Bets – The wager is the any of the numbers 4, 6, 8 or 10 will come up before number 7.
Using a system can make all the difference in whether you win or lose and in fact, if you even enjoy your precious time out to play craps online.
Your leisure time is important, so take a little time out to consider the best craps systems, study them and enjoy having fun applying them in your online play.
Here are three of the most popular and successful systems;
As in Online Roulette Betting, choose a set amount and every time you lose, double it. When you win, return to betting your set amount.
As the name implies, this system is based on the law of averages that any certain roll is ‘due’. Not only is it entirely incorrect, it can cost you money at the craps table. Remember every roll is a new and random event.
Dice Setting or Dice Control
Weighting or magnetic or electronic control of the dice is not possible in Online Craps, as opposed to possible dice manipulation at a bricks-and-mortar casino.
Yet another great reason to try Online Craps at some of New Jersey’s best online casinos!