Craps

Particularly appreciated by American players, Craps is a very fast and exciting dice game which can prove to be very festive depending on the chemistry that comes into play among players around the table. The subtleties of the stakes are learnt while playing and observing other players, though the game’s basic rules are easy to learn.

Number of players at the table : from 1 to 16.

Aim of the game : betting on the shooter’s roll of the dice.

Four Casino employees take their places around the Craps table. The stickman directs the game and rakes in the dice with a stick to give them to the shooter ; two croupiers (or base dealers) take the bets ; and the boxman sees that the game proceeds smoothly.

At the start of the game, the person to the left of the stickman is designated as the shooter (or dice-thrower). While waiting for their turn to shoot, the other players content themselves with betting on the shooter’s rolls. Any player not wishing to throw dice can give up his turn to his neighbor.

Before beginning, the shooter chooses two of five dice presented to him by the stickman. Before the first throw of the dice, called “coming out”, the shooter must obligatorily bet on the “Pass line” or “Don’t pass” line. He can also put money on other bets if he so wishes. Players wanting to do so can place their money on any bet (the vast majority of players choose the “Pass line” bet to begin).

The shooter throws the dice to the far end of the table for coming out.

Players who bet on “Pass line” win with 7 or 11, lose with 2, 3 or 12. Those who play “Don’t pass” (note that this wager is not very friendly and therefore rarely chosen, as it goes in the opposite direction to the game !), lose with 7 or 11, win with 2 or 3 and draw with 12.

If the shooter scores 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, it’s said that the player sets the point and the croupier then places a quoit with the word “On” written on it, on the corresponding point.

Once the point has been set, the aim to win the “Pass line” wager is to score this point again before the 7 is rolled (inversely, the “Don’t pass” bet wins with a 7 and loses if the set point is rolled again).

When the stickman announces “seven out”, most of the bets have been lost and the shooter must yield his turn to the player on his left.

Before the second throw, you can place new bets :

• “Place bet” Once the point has been set, you can bet on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. Your bet wins if this number comes up again, and loses with a seven.

• “Come” The “Come” bet is like the “Pass line” bet. - If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you win. - If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. - If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this number becomes the “Come” point and the croupier moves the “Come” bet to the corresponding box above the “Come” area. You win your bet if the shooter rolls the “Come” number again before rolling a seven.

• “Don’t come” - If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you lose. - If the shooter rolls a 2 or 3, you win. - If the shooter rolls a 12, it’s a draw. - If the shooter rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this number becomes the “Come” point. You win your wager if the 7 is rolled before the “Come” point.

• “Odds” This is an associated wager which can be added to the initial “Pass line” and “Come” bets. Chips are placed behind the Pass line, slightly offset on top of the chips for the “Come” bet. If the shooter rolls a seven, the bet loses.

MORE ADVANCED PLAY…

You will easily begin to enjoy the game with the wagers presented above. For the more audacious, here are other wagers which already require a certain experience of Craps. Some of these bets enable you to carry off some dazzling wins, but are occasionally very risky.

• “Lay” An associated wager that can be added to the initial “Don’t pass” and “Don’t come” bets. It wins with a seven and loses when the point is rolled.

• “Field” Can be played at any point in the game on a single roll of the dice.

• “Big 6” and “Big 8” Can be played at any point in the game. It wins with a 6 or 8 and only loses with a 7.

• 7, 11, 2, 3 and 12 wager Played on a single roll of the dice.

• “Any craps” Played on a single roll of the dice. It wins with 2, 3 and 12.

• “Horn bet” Played on a single roll of the dice. It wins with 2, 3, 11 and 12.

• “Hardways” This bet concerns the 4, 6, 8 and 10, and consists of betting on either a double two, double three, double four or double five. It loses with a 7 or the simple combination (easyway) of the number wagered.

PAYOUTS

There’s nothing like actually playing to familiarise yourself with the payouts, though the following information will help you to sort it all out…

• Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, Don’t Come, Big 6 and Big 8 : Even money.

• Place bet 9 to 5 with the 4 or 10 7 to 5 with the 5 or 9 7 to 6 with the 6 or 8

• Odds : 2 to 1 with the 4 or 10 3 to 2 with the 5 or 9 6 to 5 with the 6 or 8

• Lay : 1 to 2 with the 4 or 10 2 to 3 with the 5 or 9 5 to 6 with the 6 or 8

• Field Even money for the 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 2 to 1 with the 2 and 12

• 7, 11, 2, 3 and 12 4 times the wager for the 7 14 times the wager for the 3 and 11 29 times the wager for the 2 and 12

• Any craps 7 times the wager

• Hardways 7 times the wager for a double 2 or double 5 9 times the wager for a double 3 or double 4