Demystifying CRAPS. Become a master!

The game of CRAPS has many exciting aspects to it. The concept of playing CRAPS is to roll a number (a point) turning the button "ON" with two dice and then roll that same number again before a seven is rolled. The person at the CRAPS table that rolls the dice is called "the shooter."

When there is a number marked "ON" by the "puck," it means that the number is the "point" of the game. This is the number that the shooter is trying to make before seven rolls.

If the point is made, the puck is turned "OFF" and the shooter shoots again. It is now a "come out roll." A "come out roll" means that it is the beginning of the game and there is no point established.And the Button is "OFF."

If the next number that rolls is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, then that is the point "ON" of the game. The shooter again tries to shoot the point before a seven. If seven rolls before the point, we call that a "seven out." The shooter loses control of the dice all bets are lost and the Button is "OFF" and we give the dice to the next shooter.

A new shooter wants to establish a point "ON" as the Come Out Roll! Again seven/eleven wins and two three & twelve loses, just as the previous shooter.

Betting incriminates. All bets are placed in $5 with the exception of the 6 & 8 (the 6 & 8 are $6 incremental bets due to odds)

When playing CRAPS, the most common CRAPS bets are pass line, place bets, hard ways Horn Bets (2, 3, 11&12) and odds bets* and CRAPS and eleven. Below are several betting terms that you should familiarize yourself while playing CRAPS.

Pass Line Bet

Players are betting that on the first roll 7 or 11 rolls win, 2, 3, or 12 loses. If a number such as: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, establishes The Point the button is turned ON. The object now is repeat these numbers before a seven to win. Odds on Pass Line bets pay better than even money so 2 or 3 times the Pass Line is often placed (also true on your Come Bet).

Don't Pass Bet

Player betting that on the first roll 2 or 3 rolls to win, 12 is a push, 7 or 11 loses. If a number such as: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, a seven must roll before the number repeats.

Come Bet

Is just like the pass line bet, same rules apply. It's a game within a game, basically establishing a personal Pass Line that you should be placing Odds on this bet as well.

Don't Come Bet

Is similar to the Don't Pass bet, same rules apply. It's a game within a game.

Both Don'ts are playing with the house and against the players.

Field Bet

If any of the numbers that are in the field box come out, player wins. A field bet can also be referred to as a "ONE ROLL BET."

Place Bet

Wagers made on the point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) that are not contract bets. A Place Bet is "off" on the come-out roll.

Hardways Bets 4 = two 2s, 6 = two 3s, 8 = two 4s, 10 = two 5s any other combinations are considered soft numbers and you lose that number. If a seven is rolled all bets are lost!


Are one roll bets, the numbers are 2, 3, , 11 and 12. And pay big odds 2 & 12 pays 30-1 3 & 11 pays 15-1. A frequent bet here is $5 which you establish by saying one of the following:

  • HIGH Horn 12 called Box Cars
  • LO Horn 2 called Snake eyes
  • Lil Joe which is 3
  • Yo which is 11
This means $2 is placed on your choice and $1 on the other three numbers. Keep in mind this is a one time bet and you lose if it is not hit, but pays very well if it is hit!

Common Terms

Press the bet

This mean increase the existing bet by doubling it.

Take em down

This means remove the stated bet.

Place Odds

This mean you want to place odds behind your existing bet. Minimum 2 times, Maximum 3 times.

How do you and the dealers know what your bets are?

This is determined by where your bet is placed on the table in relationship to you position at the table.

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