Craps 101: Learning How to Play

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Craps 101: Learning How to Play

Craps is one of the most confusing games in the casino, at least on the surface. There are so many different betting options that it's easy to become overwhelmed. The good news is that you can pick and choose where you want to play on the table. Once you have familiarized yourself with the Pass Line and the Place numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10), you can try your dice at one of the more interesting – and better paying – options: the Come bet.


What is a Come Bet?

Basically, a Come bet is the same as a Pass Line bet, except the point is established. Simply place your chips on the "Come" section and if your next roll is a 7 or 11, you win even money (although a 7 here still loses on the Pass Line); if it's 2, 3 or 12, you lose; and if it's any other number, your bet is moved to that respective number. If you roll that number again before you roll a 7, you win that bet with a 1:1, or even money payout.



Just like the Pass Line, you can place odds on your Come bets. This dilutes the house edge and offers you a better payout for your wager should you roll a winning number. Place your odds bet directly on top of your chips on the number. Your wins pay 2:1 for winning on a 4 or 10, 3:2 for winning on a 5 or 9, and 7:6 for winning on a 6 or 8.


Multiple Come Bets

In theory, you can have Come bets on all six numbers, but you can only get your chips on one number per roll, and you do not win on your Come bets (or roll a 7) before hitting all six numbers. Needless to say, having chips on all six number doesn't happen very often, but there's nothing stopping you from having two or three numbers on the go at once.


Controlling Your Bets

The better payouts for winning Come bets over the Place bets also come with more restrictions. In particular, you can't remove or "take down" your Come bets like you can your Place bets. This means either the bet remains in play until you roll the number your chips are on and you get paid, or you roll a seven and watch your chips get swept away. However, you can call off your odds on a Come bet, so if you have a bad feeling about the next roll, you can at least save some of your chips.

You should also keep in mind that on the Come out roll, your Come bet is not fully in play. If you roll the number your Come bet is on, nothing happens. If you roll a 7, you will still lose your Come bets, but any odds you have on them will be returned to you.


Playing the Table

One of Craps' best features is that you can play as much or as little as you want. You can have chips on the Pass Line, the Field, the Come bet, Place bets and even the middle of the table. Check out Bovada's free-to-play Craps game and find a system that works best for you!