How to play craps or shoot dice is rather easy to learn
and then progress to more sophisticated methods of play.
Craps is all about the number seven which on a pair of
dice is made up of 3-4 or 2-5 or 1-6. The shooter or the
roller of the dice makes what is called the come out roll.
If the dice come up seven or eleven on that first roll,
the shooter and all who bet on the pass line will win.
It the roll is a 2 or a 3 or a 12, the pass line bets
lose. If the roll comes up any other number that number
becomes what is called the point. The pass line bet is
a winner if the number repeats before a seven is rolled.
If the dreaded seven comes up first then the pass line
bets all lose.
The first simple strategy is to take advantage of the
odds offered in a craps game. A player makes their first
bet on the pass line and either wins, loses or gets a
point. If a point number is rolled, the player should
take behind the line odds on the point. Each casino has
its own rules as to what they will accept on a behind
the line bet. Just ask the stick man or a dealer what
their limit is and then bet it. If the table gets hot,
the dice will roll many numbers and few untimely sevens.
A really hot table will also roll many hard way numbers
like four, six, eight and ten. These are called hardways,
as the dice are pairs of twos, threes, fours or fives.
A table of dice payoffs is the next thing that a player
should learn as this is where the money is made when a
dice table gets hot. (these payoff numbers can be obtained
on the Internet or on many online casino sites) When a
table is showering the players with numbers, the player
should be making all of these number bets at odds.
These bets can be of two types, all day bets and single
roll bets. All day bets stay up in play until a seven
is rolled. A single roll bet either wins or loses on the
next roll. The better bet unless the player has a strong
hunch is the all day bet.
If a player knew nothing about craps except to bet the
pass line and take the max behind the line bet on all
points, then they would play better than most craps players.
When a player adds to this betting on the come line and
placing bets, they have most of the reasonable bets covered
that the craps table offers to a player.
The rule in craps is to push the devil out of a hot table
and parlay bets, take the odds and keep all of the number
bets covered until the table cools down. More money can
be made on a hot craps table faster than any other casino
game. Players who know how to play craps make a killing
when they find a hot table.
The secret to recognizing a hot table early is each shooter
holds the dice for a number of passes. Certain shooters
hold the dice for much longer than normal and throw many
numbers in a row before making their point. Hardways become
common and all of this is going on without many sevens
being rolled. The lack of sevens is another clue that
the table is moving in favor of the craps players.
Be alert to these runs of numbers and which shooters
seem to be lucky. Then make the bets and watch your stack
grow as the table goes from warn to hot.