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This game is not as simple as blackjack, but with a little hands on practice it can be one of the most fun.  This is the game where you always hear yelling and screaming and cheering.  There can be up to 14 spots for players.  The game is played with two dice.  These dice are sacred to the house.  Use only one hand, and do NOT have your lady kiss them for good luck.  You will get yelled at.  The dice are rotated around the table as points are lost.  You will get to keep rolling the dice as long as you keep winning your point or rolling it, which will be a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.  The point is lost when a 7 is rolled.  This is called "seven out!"

When you are first given the dice,  you roll it to the opposite end of the table.  This is the come out roll.  It must hit the wall or you will get yelled at again.  Now depending on where you put your initial bet will depend on what happens now.

A. You bet on the Pass Line or "front line" (usually a minimum of $1)on the come out roll(before the point is established):

  1. a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled.  You lose your bet, but the point has not been established yet so you still get to roll if you are the player rolling.
  2. a 7 or 11is rolled.  You win even money on your bet.
  3. a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled. You have now established the point.  Now you must roll the point before you roll a 7.  Otherwise you lose your bets and also your turn to roll.

You can also take odds on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 when the point has been established.  Then when you or anyone else roll one of the numbers you have odds on, you get paid accordingly.  Unless of course a 7 is rolled.  The payoff on these numbers are as follows:

  • 4 and 10 pays 2 to 1.
  • 5 and 9 pays 3 to 2.
  • 6 and 8 pays 6 to 5.

B. You bet on the Don't Pass Line or "Back Line"(same minimum)on the come out roll:

  1. a 7 or 11 is rolled  you lose your bet.
  2. a 2 or 3 is rolled you win your bet.
  3. a 12 ties or pushes.
  4. a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 and the point is now established.  You are betting that a 7 is going to be rolled before the point. 

You can also lay odds on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.  This is essentially the opposite as taking odds when you bet on the Pass Line.  The payoff is opposite as well. 

  • 4 and 10 pays 1 to 2.
  • 5 and 9 pays 2 to 3.
  • 6 and 8 pays 5 to 6.

In other words if the point is 4 and you lay odds of $10, and the shooter rolls a 7 you win $5.

When taking and laying odds they can always be doubled.

Come Bets and Don't Come Bets

Come bet  has the same rules as the Pass Line.  Don't Come  is the same as the Don't Pass Line.  The only difference with these are that they are bet after the point is established.

There are also many other bets to make in craps, but this is a beginners guide to craps.  There are one roll and hardway bets that are also fun.

Betting on the hardways:

2-2 or 5-5 pays 7 to 1.

3-3 or 4-4 pays 9 to 1

This bet stays on the table until a seven or the corresponding easyway is roll ie: 1-3, 6-4, 1-5 or 2-4, or 2-6, 3-5 are rolled.

One roll bets:

ACE-DEUCE (2-1,1-2) OR ELEVEN (5-6, 6-5) pays 15 to 1.

TWELVE OR TWO pays 30 to 1.

ANY CRAPS - 2, 3, 12 pays 7 to 1.

ANY SEVEN pays 4 to 1.

CRAPS-ELEVEN OR "HORN BETS" 2, 3, 11, or 12 wins.  11 pays 3 to 1 and 2, 3, or 12 pays 7 to 1.

"HOP" -CALLS EXACTLY HOW THE DICE WILL FALL.  Pays depending on the combination that is called, but it will either pay 30 to 1 or 15 to 1.

These bets can be placed at any time and yelled to the stickman.  Toss your checks to the middle of the table and make sure the stickman heard you.

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