Rules For Craps
One of the more exciting places at a casino is the craps table, and here are the rules for craps in case you want to play. The game is played with two dice that are inspected and replaced every eight hours. The rules specify how a player is allowed to handle the dice. The crew includes a Boxman, two Dealers and a Stickman who, according to the craps rules, monitors the table.
- The players. The players all stand around the outside of the craps table. One player is selected to be the Shooter and is presented with the dice to roll.
- Rolling the dice. The Shooter must roll the dice with one hand and hit the walls on the other end of the table. If the dice go off the table they are examined before they are returned to play.
- Rounds. The game is played in two rounds and play passes clockwise. The rules for craps allow a player to opt out of shooting and just bet on the Shooter.
- The first roll. Initially the Shooter makes a Come Out roll. If it is a 2, 3, or 12, the Shooter has crapped out and the round ends with players losing their Pass Line bets. If the Shooter rolls a 7 or 11 it is an automatic win and Pass Line bets win. If the Shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, whatever number it lands on becomes the Point, and the point number is signified with a marker.
- Rolling the next round. The Shooter continues rolling the dice until either a 7 is rolled, in which case the Pass Line bets are lost, or the Point is rolled and the Pass Line bets win. Players bet on each roll the Shooter makes. If the Shooter makes the Point before craps or a 7 are rolled, the dice are returned to the Shooter and a new game begins.
- Pass Line bets. Pass Line bets win when the Come Out roll is 7 or 11, and players lose when it is 2, 3, or 12. Don’t Pass bets are just the opposite. Don’t Pass bets tie when the roll is 12.
- Betting on a Point. If you bet on a specific Point, the odds for 4 or 10 are 2:1, 5 or 9 are 3:2, and 6 or 8 are 6:5. In order to win, the Point must be rolled again before a 7.
- Come bets. Come bets have the same odds and rules as the Pass Line bets, but are made after the Point is established. The Come bet is moved onto the box with the number that was rolled. If that number is rolled before a 7, the bet wins.
- Other bets. There are other bets that can be made according to the rules. The Don’t Pass Line bet is an exact reversal of the Pass Line bet. The Don’t Come bet is the exact reversal of the Come bet. After the Point is determined you can make a Place bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. You win if the number is rolled before a 7. Field bets win on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and are only for one roll of the dice. A 2 pays 2:1, a 12 pays 3:1, and the remaining numbers pay even odds. Big Six, Big Eight bets win if a 6 or 8 are rolled before a 7 and pay even odds. A Proposition bet is a one-roll bet that can be made any time except for the Hardways.
- Craps rules regarding odds. Any craps (2, 3, 12) pay 8:1. Any 7 pays 5:1 and 11 pays 16:1. If you roll an ace/deuce, it pays 16:1. If you roll a pair of aces or a pair of sixes it pays 30:1. Rolling a pair of twos pays 8:1 and pairs of threes or fours pay 10:1. When you bet on 2, 3, 11, or 12 on the Horn, you win even odds for any of those numbers.