In the real Craps dice game, many players can play at the same time. In online casinos usually one player plays alone against the bank. Here the player generally has more time to think through his game tactics. What makes the live game exciting, however, is that every player takes his turn and becomes a shooter, i.e. the one who throws the dice in a Craps hand. All other players, the so-called faders, can place their bets on the Craps table at any time.
The craps table
The craps table can be very confusing. Players can play at real tables almost all the way around standing up and the betting area is therefore shown twice – once on each half of the table. In the online Craps game, only one half of the table is shown virtually at a time. The various betting offers printed on the table may sometimes vary slightly. The following betting options are usually available and are in English:
- pass line bet
- Don’t Pass Line bet
- Place bets
- Come bet
- Don’t come bet
- One roll bets (also known as proposition bets):
Hard Way bets, Any 7 bets, Any Craps, Horn bet, Field bet, Big 6/8 bet
Behind each betting option is the corresponding payout.
The possible combinations of the dice eyes are the deciding factor when betting in the Craps game. With two dice, 36 of the following number combinations are possible, so the corresponding probabilities of a certain number of dice rolling are as follows:
Number of the dice Probability
2 (1 + 1) 1/36
Number of points 3 (1 + 2 / 2 + 1) 2/36
Number of points 4 (1 + 3 / 3 + 1 / 2 + 2) 3/36
Number of points 5 (1 + 4 / 4 + 1 / 3 + 2 / 2 + 3) 4/36
Eye number 6 (1 + 5 / 5 + 1 / 4 + 2 / 2 + 4 / 3 + 3) 5/36
Eye number 7 (1 + 6 / 6 + 1 / 5 + 2 / 2 + 5 / 3 + 4 / 4 + 3) 6/36
Eight (2 + 6 / 6 + 2 / 5 + 3 / 3 + 5 / 4 + 4) 5/36
Number of points 9 (3 + 6 / 6 + 3 / 5 + 4 / 4 + 5) 4/36
10 (4 + 6 / 6 + 4 / 5 + 5) 3/36
Number of points 11 (5 + 6 / 6 + 5) 2/36
Number of points 12 (6 + 6) 1/36
If the dice fall with two identical eyes, this is called “hard” in the Craps game. For example, two 4’s then make a Hard Eight.
Similarly, a “soft” is when the sum of the dice is made up of two different dice eyes, for example, a “soft eight” can consist of the dice combinations 2 + 6 / 6 + 2 / 5 + 3 / 3 + 5.
In the game of Craps, the following groups of rolls are particularly important:
- 7 and 11
- 2, 3 and 12
- 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10
The play money
Craps is played with game chips that replace real money. The bankroll of Craps players has no limit. The game chips have different values, which are distinguished by colors. When Craps is played on online platforms, the stakes are only displayed by virtual game chips.
The game of live craps cannot do without one or more dealers or a stickman. The Stickman is a type of croupier who uses a special Craps stick to push the dice or game chips. Dealers are only responsible for placing the game chips on specific bets and for the payout of winnings. These players do not exist in the online Craps game. However, this changes the game flow in online Craps only slightly.
craps game play
A Craps hand is divided into two phases. In the first, the shooter rolls a first roll, called the come out roll.
If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, he has a natural and wins immediately.
If the shooter rolls 2, 3, or 12, the hand is crapped and the player loses immediately, also called a crapping out.
If he rolls one of the eye totals 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this becomes his Point.
The shooter may then continue rolling. The Craps hand enters the next phase.
From the second roll of the dice, the following applies:
Faders place their bets on the come field. They bet that the Shooter will roll a Point. The Game Button is changed from OFF to ON and placed on the Point number on the dice. This indicates what the shooter must roll to win.
However, if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling the Point, he loses his bet. (The 11 does not count as the elimination point in phase two). This Craps hand is then finished.
If he rolls a different sum of points, he may continue rolling the dice, and the Faders may place their bets on the come field again. Previously placed player bets on Come are moved to the last roll of the dice.
The shooter then rolls the dice until a 7 makes him lose. In live craps play, the shooter would then pass the dice to the player to his right. In online Craps, the Craps hand then simply starts over.
The 7 wins in the first phase and loses in the second phase.
The Craps numbers 2, 3 and 12, as well as the 11 do not count as lost in phase two.
Craps stakes and betting opportunities
At the Craps table, all players must abide by the table limit when betting. Basically, the shooter bets a certain amount at the beginning and the faders bet against it. These bets are placed on the pass line. Bets cannot be increased or decreased during the course of a Craps hand. Other bets may be made for this.
The basic idea of the Craps game is to bet for or against the dice on every roll of the dice. And for this there are the following fields:
pass line bet
Don't Pass Line Bet
Don't Come Betting
Place bets (Point numbers)
Since there are 3 ways to roll the 4 or the 10, the payout is 9:5
Since there are 4 ways to roll the 9 or the 5, the payout is 7:5
Since there are 5 ways to roll the 6 or the 8, the payout is 7:6
Place bets on the 6 and 8 always require an additional chip to be placed. This is because casinos do not pay out half bets, such as €2.50. The 0.50 € would be lost to the bank.
If the shooter rolls a 7, all remaining bets on the Place bets are logically lost.
1 + 1 – Aces, or snake-eyes. Payout 30:1
1 + 2 – Ace-Deuce also known as Three Craps. Payout 17:1
6 + 5 / 5 + 6 – The Yo. Payout 15:1
6 + 6 – Boxcars or Twelve. Payout 30:1
Any 7 Bet
Big 6/8 bets
Hard Way Bets
Hard Way bets are placed on the table in front of the stickman. They are often called in composite numbers. A Hard 6 would be 33, Hard 8 would be 44, Hard 10 would be 55, and the numbers 2 (double 1) and 12 (double 6) are not considered Hard Way combinations.
The bet on Hard Way bets will remain on that one bet until the shooter rolls a 7 or one of the Soft Way numbers to create the matching bet. For example, on a Hard 8, this would be the Soft 8 such as 5 + 3 or a 6 + 2.