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Go to any land-based casino and you’ll notice that besides card games like blackjack and poker, the dice game of craps is a firm favorite with large crowds cheering around the table. The game is fast-paced, exhilarating and you can make loads of cash playing it online!
The Beginnings of Craps
The origin of craps vary as some believe it was derived from the Arab game called ‘Al Dar’ (meaning ‘dice’) which would eventually be brought to European shores in the 12th century. Other theorists believe that Sir William of Tyre and his soldiers created the game to pass away the time as they besieged Hazarth Castle, which is probably why the game was called ‘Hazard’. Another theory is that when France lost control of Acadia and were forced to leave the region, they ended up in Louisiana where their game of ‘creps/crebs’ gained vast popularity. Further theories believe that the version of craps we know in America today is said to have come with the English Pilgrims who arrived in the USA on the Mayflower.
Ok, so now that we know a bit about craps history, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the game. When you initially go into the casino to play craps or launch a craps game in an online casino, don’t be scared off by the table layout - craps is easier to play than you think! The whole basis of the game is that you need to bet on what the outcome of the dice will be. Seems simple enough, right? Then let’s get started!
The Craps Table
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose two out of the five dice the ‘stickman’ will push towards you. After this, make a wager on the ‘Pass line (one of the most common bets at an average of 90% of the wagers), or alternatively the ‘Don’t pass bar’ before you roll the dice. Then there are two parts to the game, the ‘Come out roll’ and the ‘Point’. The come out roll is the first roll of the dice by the ‘shooter’ (you). If the outcome of the dice is a 7 or 11 then that’s known as a ‘natural’ and you’ve instantly hit the jackpot and are a winner! But, if the craps numbers of 2, 3 or 12 are rolled you lose. Should 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 be rolled then you’ll get what’s known as a ‘point number’ which starts the second part of the game called the ‘point roll’. You may have noticed the puck, also known as the ‘buck’ on the craps table with ‘on’ imprinted one side and ‘off’ on the other. If you happen to roll an ‘8’ then that buck with the ‘on’ side will be placed on point number 8 on the table, which means that you need to keep rolling the dice until you get an 8 to win the bet you placed on the pass line. If at any stage another 7 is rolled you lose as this number after the come out roll is one you just don’t want to see again!
Now let’s talk about betting on the don’t pass bar, or, as it’s also called… The ‘Dark Side’.... This is just the opposite of playing on the pass line. In this game, the come out roll of 7 or 11 is a loss while 2, 3 or 12 is a win. If you roll any of the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 point numbers, and you get 5 for an example, then you WANT to roll a 7 to win and NOT your point number of 5.
You’re going to be a natural craps player! See how easy it is to play? We made our point, didn't we ;)