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In
Las Vegas casinos, it is invariably the craps players
who make the most noise. They would often cheer,
shout, and laugh boisterously, as if they were at
a major party or celebration. This comes as no
surprise, as craps is indeed one of the most exciting
and entertaining games you can play in a casino.
At
first glance, craps looks daunting. There are numerous
bets that you can make, and some of the terminology
sounds rather complicated. This is probably why
the popularity of craps has waned over recent years.
But the effort it takes to learn the game is worth
it, considering all the excitement you can have once
you understand the basic concepts.
The
Dice
The
game of craps revolves around rolling a pair of dice. The
person who rolls the dice is referred to as the shooter. The
shooter is always one of the players, and each player
is given a chance to be the shooter if they stay at
a table long enough.
Since
the game uses two dice, a shooter can roll any number
between 2 and 12. Statistically, certain numbers
are more likely to come up than others. For example,
there are 6 different ways to roll a 7, giving it
a roughly 16.6% chance of coming up on any given roll. On
the other hand, there is only one way to roll a 2
or a 12, and the chance of rolling either is less
than 3%.
The
following chart gives you an idea of which numbers
occur most frequently. There are 36 possible
outcomes for each roll.
Number
Rolled 
Dice
Combinations 
%
Chance 
2 
1/1

2.77% 
3 
1/2,
2/1 
5.55% 
4 
1/3,
2/2, 3/1 
8.33% 
5 
1/4,
2/3, 3/2, 4/1 
11.11% 
6 
1/5,
2/4, 3/3, 4/2, 5/1 
13.88% 
7 
1/6,
2/5, 3/4, 4/3, 5/2, 6/1 
16.66% 
8 
2/6,
3/5, 4/4, 5/3, 6/2 
13.88% 
9 
3/6,
4/5, 5/4, 6/3 
11.11% 
10 
4/6,
5/5, 6/4 
8.33% 
11 
5/6,
6/5 
5.55% 
12 
6/6 
2.77% 
Since
7 is the most frequently rolled number, much of the
game revolves around rolling this number.
The
Layout
The
following typical craps layout is used by the
Cyber Sportsbook and Casino.
The
layout above is actually only half of a full craps
layout. If you play craps at a live casino,
the left portion of the layout is duplicated on the
right, allowing more players to gather around the
table and place bets.
The
Rules
The
shooter rolls the dice to begin play. This initial
roll is called the comeout roll, and a shooter
must continue making comeout rolls until something
other than a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 shows up. When this
happens, the number rolled is called the point. So,
if a shooter rolls a 2, 7, and then an 8, the
8 becomes the point.
Next,
the shooter continues to roll the dice until the point
repeats itself, or until a 7 is rolled. When
either of these things happen, that particular round
of play ends, and the shooter makes a new comeout
roll.
The
game is tracked using a plastic puck. The
puck is black on one side, and white on the other.
If the puck is turned black side up, it simply means
that the shooter is making a comeout roll.
After the shooter makes a point, the puck is flipped
over, with the white side up, and placed in a box
that corresponds to the point.
Basic
Betting  Pass Line and Don't Pass
Prior
to the comeout roll, players can make one of two
bets, by placing chips on either the pass line
or the don't pass bar. You are not required
to make this bet, but almost everybody does. By far,
the more popular bet to make is the pass line bet. However,
both pass line and don't pass bets give you about
the same odds.
The
pass line bettor is betting with the dice, and is
often called the right bettor. The don't pass
bettor is betting against the dice, and is called
the wrong bettor. The difference between
the two bets is described below.
The
Pass Line Bet
When
you bet on the pass line, one of the following will
occur:

The
next roll will be a 7 or 11, in which case you
immediately win even money (1:1).

The
next roll will be a 2, 3, or 12, in which case
you lose.

Any
other number becomes the point. If the shooter
repeats the point on a subsequent roll, you win
and receive even money. If a seven shows
up before the point repeats itself, you lose the
bet.
The
Don't Pass Bet
When
you bet on the don't pass bar, one of the following
will occur:

The
next roll will be a 2 or 3, in which case you
immediately win even money.

The
next roll will be a 7 or 11, in which case you
lose.

If
the shooter rolls a 12, you push, neither
winning nor losing

Any
other number becomes the point. The don't pass
bet wins even money if the shooter rolls a seven
before repeating the point. The bet loses
if the point repeats itself first.
Basically,
the pass and don't pass bets are opposites of each
other.
Odds
Bets
Once
the shooter makes a point, you can place another bet
called an odds bet, or free odds bet. An
odds bet is an additional bet that compliments your
pass or don't pass wager. Odds bets are the best
bets you can make in a casino because the house will
pay you true odds. This means the house
has absolutely no edge on these bets.
In
a real casino, you would make a pass line odds bet
by placing chips behind your original pass line bet. If
you are a don't pass bettor, you can make a don't
pass odds bet by placing chips on top but a little
to the side of your original bet.
The
odds bet will pay off if you win your original bet. So
if your original bet was a pass line bet, and you
make an additional odds bet, both bets win if the
shooter repeats the point. If your original bet
was a don't pass bet, and you bet odds, both bets
win when a seven comes up before the point.
While
your original pass or don't pass bets only pay you
even money when you win, the odds bet will pay whatever
the true odds are for the bet you are making. For
example, if you are a pass line bettor, and the point
is 4, you will receive a 2:1 payment on your odds
bet. The amount you win depends on what the point
is, and how difficult it is to repeat that point.
Generally,
right bettors can bet up to twice their original bet
on a pass line odds bet. For wrong bettors,
the amount you can bet on the odds bets depends on
the value of the point. By all means, you should
bet the maximum possible on odds bets because
they are the most favorable bets you can possibly
make in a casino.
The
following chart will give you an idea of what the
odds bets pay:
If
you are a pass line odds bettor: 
The
payout is... 
...if
the point is 
2
to 1 
4
or 10 
3
to 2 
5
or 9 
6
to 5 
6
or 8 
If
you are a don't pass odds bettor: 
The
payout is... 
...if
the point is 
1
to 2 
4
or 10 
2
to 3 
5
or 9 
5
to 6 
6
or 8 
Now
you know the basic bets that you can make in craps. But
there are plenty of other bets you can make.
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