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Craps Essentials

Learning to Play Craps


Craps is the most exciting game in the casino but it is also the most intimidating to the novice players. Many players will not even consider giving it a try which is to bad because besides being exciting it also has some of the best bets with the lowest house edge. Craps also has some bets that have the highest house edge but you can avoid these once you learn how to play the game. Here is all the information you need to get started.

How to Play Craps

Learning how to play craps is not as hard as it looks. Many people don't learn how to play craps because it seems too confusing. Craps is actually a simple game to learn how to play. Before you step up to the Craps table you should have a basic knowledge of the rules of the game and how it is played.

How to Make a Passline Bet

To get started playing craps, all you need to understand is the basic pass line bet. A pass line bet in craps with its low house edge of 1.41 percent made it one of the best bets in the casino. Here is how you make a pass line bet.

How to Make the Odds Bets

Once the point is established the bettor can make an additional bet behind the pass line bet. This is known as the "Odds Bet." It is the only bet in the casino that does not have a house edge as it is paid off with true odds. It is also the only bet that is not marked on the craps layout. Here is how to make the odds bet.

4 5 6 Odds

Most casinos let you take double odds on your passline bet and many of them are increasing the amount. Some casinos have incorporated a clever way to do this by varying the amount of odds a player can take. A player is allowed to take three, four or five times odds, depending on the point number.

How to Make Craps Place Bets

When you play craps you are not limited to making only a pass line bet. You can bet on any of the point numbers at any time. This is known as placing a bet. You can make a place bet in addition to a pass line bet or make it without betting the pass line.

House Edge for Craps Bets

Some of the bets on the craps table can be the better bets in the casino. Some however are not so good. Here is a chart that shows the house edge for most craps bets.

Understanding Dice Odds

You need to understand the odds of the game and make the very best bets with the lowest house edge. To do this it is bet to know the combinations that can be made with the two dice.

Craps Dice Control

There has been much publicity recently about controlled shooting at the craps table. Many experts who once scoffed at the notion of a player having the edge at craps are now backing the validity of controlled throwing. Controlled throwing of dice is a physical skill which requires hours of practice to master.

Craps 5 Count

No matter what method of play or System you try; you cannot change the house edge. These are fixed number based on the dice probabilities. In other words on a random roller the casino will win in the long run. There is one method of betting that can help you reduce your losses while increasing your comp time. It is called the 5-Count method.
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