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5 Tips to Win at Craps

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Craps is one of the most if not the most exciting game in casino. The adrenalin flow while playing craps is so irresistable. The winners are the center attention around the craps table. But leaning to craps the correct ways can be quite intimidating for the newcomers.

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This article will clear the confusions about craps for players that are new to the game. After all, learning to play craps right is not as difficult as it first seem. With better understanding, you will be able to play craps successfully and with confidence.

First of all, we start by lifting the mystery shroud of craps. There are many betting and odds slang terms when you play craps. Anyhow, don’t be scared by any of these terms as they are only there to add to the mystery of the craps game to create further excitement for the players. It is perfectly fine if you do not speak the lingo.

When you play craps, the only sensible thing to do is to go for the bets that you have the best chance of winnings. The following terms are all you need to know and throw around the craps table: pass line, don’t pass, change, give me the odds and color me up. The rest are not important at all.

Here are the essential basics you need to learn before you even think to start playing craps.

  1. Remember to always play the bets with the lowest odds. Either pass the line with odds or npt pass line with odds. These bets are consider the lowest risk as the banker’s advantage will not be too great and push the odds slightly to your favor. The bets can be made regardless of whether you roll the dice.

  2. Pass line – you will win when the shooter’s roll a 7 or 11 at the first try and your winning streak will continue if the subsequent rolls also return a 7 or 11. 2, 3 or 12 are the numbers that you wish the shooter will never roll because you will lose when these numbers appear on the dice’s upward face.

  3. Don’t pass line – you will win if the shooter’s come out roll or also known as first roll is a 2 or a 3. Tie for a roll of 12. You will continue to win or tie if the shooter’s roll show 2, 3 or 12. Conversely, you will lose if the shooter’s come out roll is 7 or 11.

  4. If the shooter’s come out roll is one of the number 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 (a point number) and just happen that you are betting on pass line, you wins if the shooter roll that particular point number again before a 7 appear in the roll. In case the shooter’s roll a 7 before any of the point number, then you will lose your bets. The entire process is reverse if you bet on don’t pass line.

  5. Odds bet can be placed on either pass line or don’t pass line. The bet can be made after a point number is determined (5, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10). If the table is “hot”, which means the shooter is rolling the point number before a 7 is roll and you are betting the pass line, then go ahead and make an odds bet. The flip side is when the table seems “cold”, the shooters getting 7 repeatedly before the point number, this situation is good to make an odds bet with don’t pass line bet.

Craps Bets Tips

Craps is an action packed game played with a pair of dice. Here are the basics for shooting craps. One player, referred to as the “shooter”, throws the dice. When the dice come to a stop the number of “pips” (dots) showing are added together to yield a total between 2 and 12. Wagers are made on the basis of that total. Here are some of the wagers that can be made, and what it takes to win them

PASS LINE - Made before the “come-out” (the first) roll. You win on a 7 or 11. You lose on a 2,3, or 12. If any other number is rolled it becomes the “point”. If the point is rolled again before a 7 is rolled you win. This is an “even money” bet (you win an amount equal to what you bet), also referred to as 1 to 1.

DON’T PASS LINE - Opposite of a pass line bet. You win if the come-out roll is 2, 3, or 12. You lose if it is a 7 or 11. If a point is set, you win if a 7 is rolled before the point is. Also a 1:1 bet.


Made any time after a point has been made. It is basically the same as a pass-line bet. You win if the next roll is a 7 or 11. You lose on a 2,3, or 12. If any other number is rolled it becomes a “come point”. If the come point is rolled again before a 7 is rolled you win. An even money bet.


Once a point or come point has been established, a player may increase their wager by placing odds. If you win the point or come point bet, you also win the odds bet. Odds bets are paid out based on the number. A 4 or 10 pays 2:1, 5 or 9 pays 3:2, and a 6 or 8 pays 6:5. These are “true odds” (the chance of the event happening are equal to pay-out ratio). So since there are 6 ways to roll a ‘7’ and 3 ways to roll a ‘4’ the ratio is 2:1.

A note on true odds; these are the best bets to make because the “house” has NO “edge” (the difference in the ratio of pay-out vs. the odds of the bet.). So if the ratio of an event occurring is 10 to 1 and the house is only paying 9:1 then the house has an edge of 10%. The edge is how the house makes its money. Most professional gamblers only play bets with and edge of less than 3%.

These are the basic bets to be made in craps. Your friendly dealer will be happy to explain the additional wagers that can be made in this exciting game.

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