Online Craps

Posted on February 5, 2015 By

One of the most intimidating of all casino games for new or novice players has to be the game of Online Craps. If you have ever visited a land based casino and seen the  boisterous crowds around the craps table you may have found yourself giving it a wide berth, or you may have been secretly intrigued wondering what all the fuss is about.

Craps is however an excellent game once you understand the rules and gameplay, and with many potential wagering opportunities it appeals to a great many players. We have complied the following guide to help you fully understand every aspect of the game of craps, be warned though our guide is very long and detailed, but it is an ideal resource for you to return to time and time again and one that will allow you to finally get your head around this unusual yet popular casino game.

Learn how to play Craps Games Online

In a land based casino the game of craps is played with two dice, in an online casino the software will produce graphics depicting these dice, which have the
numbers 1 through 6 on each side.

Before the game begins players can place a wager (listed below) then the dice are spun or tossed from one end of the craps table to the other, and to be deemed legal both dice must hit the wall at the end of the table, when the dice have landed the numbers showing uppermost are the numbers used as the result.

The game requires a player to roll the dice and this player is known as the “Shooter”, when they make their first roll of the dice this is called the “Come Out Roll”, and before this roll is made you can bet on whether you think the player will be successful or not.  There are 3 possible outcomes of this Come Out Roll and these are based on the total of both the rolled dice, and this will determine how the game progresses, and whether the shooter has been successful or not.

Craps Betting System

First Betting Option
You can place 2 bets before the Come Out Roll and you are simply betting  whether he will be successful or not on this roll, the first is a Pass Line Bet the second is a Don’t Pass Line bet, and we shall now look in detail at how these bets can win and lose.

To be successful the Shooter must roll either a 7 or 11, this is called a natural, when this happens all money that has been placed on the “Pass Line bet” wins and is paid out at even money.

Should however he roll a 2, 3, or 12 which are called Craps he has not been successful and all bets on the “Pass Line bet” have lost.

If however he rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 then this means a point has been established ( whichever number was rolled is deemed to be the point ie 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) and as such he must continue to roll the dice until such a time that either this number appears again or he rolls a 7.

Should a 7 appear then he has not been successful and the Pass Line Bet is deemed a loser, however should the number he established a point on appear before a 7 is rolled then he has been successful and the Pass Line Bet wins.

The second wager you can make before the Come Out Roll is a Don’t Pass Line bet and you are simply betting that the Shooter will not be successful, this bet, in basic terms, is the opposite of a Pass Line Bet, and you will win this wager if the Shooter rolls a 2 or 3, if he rolls a 7 or 11 then this Don’t Pass Line bet loses, if however he rolls a 12 then it is a tie ie a push.

Craps – New Come Out Roll

When either a 7 or a point has been rolled then the game moves on and this next roll simply becomes the new Come Out roll. If the Shooter is being successful then he retains the dice and can continue to roll them, but if he rolls a 7 which is often called Sevens-Out then the dice are handed to the next player who becomes the new Shooter.

A player at a land based casino can decide not to continue at this point and may give his task as Shooter up.

If you are playing at an online casino then you can stop playing once you have rolled a 7 or if you have no bets placed on the table.

Craps Betting Options

Other Bet Options
Both the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets we mentioned earlier are placed and settled based on the Come Out Roll, but there are a number of new betting options that can be placed once the Shooter has established a Point. These wagers are separate and completely independent of the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets.

The Come Bet
You can place what is termed a Come Bet at any time after the first Come Out roll when the Shooter is trying to roll a point. This bet will be a winner if on the first roll of the Come Bet a 7 or 11 appears but you will lose if a 2, 3, or 12 appears.

If another number appears then that is called a Come Point and you will win this part of the Come Bet if it is rolled again before a 7 appears.

The Don’t Come Bet
The name of this bet describes exactly what it is and if you haven’t worked it out it is the opposite of the come bet, but with one difference and that being that a 12 is classed as a tie (push) Once again you can place this wager at anytime after the Shooter makes his Come Out roll when he has a point to make.

If on the first roll of this Don’t Come bet a 7 or 11 appears then you lose and you will win with 2 or 3 (called Craps) All other numbers that appear are called Come Points and you will lose this Don’t Come bet if any of these numbers re-appear before a 7 is rolled.

Craps Odds

The Odds Bet
This is one of the most popular of all Craps bets and it allows you to accompany any of your Pass Line, Come, Don’t Pass, or Don’t Come bets with a separate wager which is called an Odds Bet. Once the Shooter has established a point you may choose a number to wager on in the hope that it will appear before a 7 is rolled.

The beauty of this bet is that it pays winnings at true odds. These odds being the exact odds of your chosen number appearing before a 7 appears.

Craps Payouts

True Odds Bets and Payouts
We have put together the facts and figures below to give you an idea of how True Odds bets work and payoff.

To begin with let’s look at an Odds Bet on the Pass Line and on the Come, this is called Taking Odds and the payoffs are as follows:

For 4 and 10 the True Odds are 2 – 1

For 5 and 9 the True Odds are 3 – 2

For 6 and 8 the True Odds are 6 – 5

If you wish to take odds on your Pass Line bet then you will need to place chips on the layout below the Pass Line.

Next we shall look at bets on the Don’t Pass and the Don’t Come odds bets, when you place wager on this you are Laying Odds. The true odds of this are as follows:

For 4 and 10 the True Odds are 1 – 2

For 5 and 9 the True Odds are 2 – 3

For 6 and 8 the True Odds are 5 – 6

Now let us turn our attention to Place Bets, This entails you betting that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will be rolled before a 7. These bets are similar to Come bets but you do not have to place a bet in the Come or Pass Line bet first. The true odds for these events occurring are as follows:

For 9 and 5 the True Odds are 1 – 2

For 7 and 5 the True Odds are 2 – 3

For 7 and 6 the True Odds are 5 – 6

Lay Bet

By making a Lay Bet you are betting that a 7 will be rolled before either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled. All winning Lay Bets are settled at True Odds minus a small house commission. You are free to place a Lay Bet without having to make a “Don’t Pass” or “Don’t Come” bet first.

Buy Bet

If you place a Buy Bet you are looking for a 4,5,6,8,9 or a 10 to appear before a 7. It is the opposite of the above Lay Bet. Winning bets are once again paid out at true odds minus a small house commission.

Big 6 and Big 8

These are two separate bets and you are simply risking your money on 6 or 8 being rolled before a 7. You can’t miss the spot to place these wagers as they are very clearly indicated as such on the table layout. These two bets payout even money if successful.

Field Bet

A field bet is simply a one roll bet and you are betting that the roll will be a 2,3,4,9,10,11 or 12. If a the result of a roll is a 2 or 12 then you will get paid at odds of 2 to 1, all other number bets if successful are paid out at even money.

Hard Ways Bets

You can also place a large number of what are called Hard Way bets, you will need to fully understand what this means, so allow us to explain. If both the dice have the same number showing i.e. 2 x 3’s then it is referred too as a Hard Way.

The numbers that are to be considered as such Hard Way numbers are 4,6,8 and 10. The other two numbers you may have thought as Hard Way numbers namely the 2 and 12 are not considered such as the only way you can make them is by virtue of getting a double 2 x 1’s or 2 x 6’s

You are free to make the following Hard Way bets:

Hard 4

Get a Hard 4 before 7 or before a soft 4 (a soft 4 being either a 1+3 or a 3+1) will return a payout of 7 – 1

Hard 6

Get a Hard 6 before 7 or before a soft 6 (a soft 6 being either a 1+5, 5+1, 2+4 or a 4+2) will return odds of 9 – 1

Hard 8

Get a Hard 8 before 7 or before a soft 8 (a soft 8 being either a 2+6, 6+2, 5+3 or a 3+5) will return odds of 9 – 1

Hard 10

Get a Hard 10 before 7 or before a soft 10 (a soft 10 being either a 4+6 or a 6+4) will return odds of 7 – 1

One Roll Bets

You can also place simple one roll bets, these bets only count for one roll (obviously!). They payout at the following odds:

Any seven

On such a bet you are wager that the Shooter will roll a 7 if correct you will receive payout odds of 7 – 1

Two

This is a risky bet but if the Shooter rolls in a 2 then you will get rewarded at big odds of 30 – 1

Twelve

Another big paying bet with odds of 30 – 1 should the Shooter roll a 12

Horn Bet

A multi-number type bet that will win if the Shooter rolls either a 2, 3, 11, or 12. Payouts are 15 – 5 for rolling a 3 or 11 and 30 – 4 should they roll a 2 or 12.

Three

This bet entails the Shooter rolling the 3 and payout odds are generous at 15 – 1

Eleven

Should you be successful in this bet and the Shooter does indeed roll an 11 then you will be rewarded at odds of 15-1

Any Craps

In this bet that returns odds of 7 -1 you are wagering the next roll will result in either a 2, 3, or 12 being rolled in.

Play Online Craps

Many Craps players over the last few years have moved their gaming action online, the reasons for this are varied, some don’t like the hustle and bustle often found around the craps tables and some prefer the speed and convenience of playing from the comfort of their own home.

This has led to an explosion in the number of online casinos offering Craps as one of many games available in their gaming suites. One of the most successful software providers is Microgaming who have one of the most stable and player friendly products available and users of their software can find one of the best variants of Craps that being Vegas Craps.

Microgaming Craps Games

The graphics and sounds used in Microgamings Vegas Craps game are excellent and both the navigation and controls for the game are superb
and easy to use.

You can place wagers using your mouse, simply click where you wish to place a wager. Stakes levels are as low as $1 upto and including a maximum of $100, and all your real money Craps action will earn you comp points at all Microgaming powered casinos.

Microgaming Craps House Edge

Microgamings Vegas Craps offers players 3X odds. Please note that the odds bet is always in relation to the bet amount, and this includes when you are laying odds.

The house edge is minute and on the Pass it is just 0.471% and on the  Don’t Pass its even less at just 0.455%. and 1.82% on the 6 and 8.

You should be aware that they call a Place Bet (to win) a Win Bet and conversely a Place Bet (to lose) a Lose Bet. The payouts on such bets are the same as on normal Place Bets they just give them a different name.

The house edge on these Lose bets are as follows, on 4 and 10 the house edge is 6.67%. 5 and 9 it’s 5.71%. 6 and 8 have a house edge of just 1.82%.

As Microgamings Field Bet pays out at odds of 3 – 1 for a 12 this has resulted in a house edge of 2.78% for this bet.

Microgaming Craps General Rules

If you have played Craps before you are probably fully aware of the rules but if not you need to understand that a Microgaming Craps game is made up of two phases and these are the Coming Out phase and the Point phase.

The aim of the former Coming Out phase is simply to roll a 7 or 11 and betting on the Pass Line. If however you roll a 4,5,6,8,9 or 10 a Point is established.

The second phase pertains to the Point and the objective of this is to roll this number as the Point, before you roll a Seven.

There are a great many different betting opportunities during a game of Craps, and it is these wagers that can and does make playing Craps online so much fun.

Microgaming Craps Payout Rules

To fully understand the way the Craps payouts work a little time should be spent studying the layout of the Craps table, each betting area is clearly indicated and below you will find a summary of each area and its respective payout rules.

When the total numbers on both dice add upto Seven or Eleven, you will win even money on a Pass Line bet. Should the total be a Two, Three or Twelve the Pass Line bet is deemed to have lost.

If however the total of both dice is Four, Five, Six, Eight, Nine or Ten then the number the Shooter rolled becomes what is known as a Point. You must continue to roll the dice until such a time that the point is rolled again or a Seven is rolled.

If and when the Point is rolled again the Pass Line bet will win and will payout at even money. However should a Seven be rolled the Pass Line bet is lost.

Microgaming Craps Betting Rules

Once a Point has been made you can then go onto place an odds bet, these are the most popular type of bets on the Craps table and enable you to make several different wagers all offering unique and generous odds.The odds betting area is easy to find and is directly next to the Pass Line bet.

Full payouts, odds and betting options relating to the odds bets are listed below.

Microgaming Craps Payouts

To help you fully understand and appreciate just how generous Microgamings Vegas Craps game really is we have compiled the chart below to show you the payouts for every single betting opportunity.

You will be hard pressed to find a more generous pay table than that offered by Microgaming, and to ensure their games are 100% fair and honest their Random Number Generator which controls the Craps game is regularly independently audited to ensure it does indeed produce random numbers.

Pass Line and Come bets:

For Rolling a 7 you get payout odds of 1:1

For Rolling a 11 you get payout odds of 1:1

Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets:

For Rolling a 2 you get payout odds of 1:1

For Rolling a 3 you get payout odds of 1:1

For Rolling a 12 you get payout odds of Tie

True odds for Pass Line and Come bets:

For Rolling a 4 or 10 you get payout odds of 2:1

For Rolling a 5 or 9 you get payout odds of 3:2

For Rolling a 6 or 8 you get payout odds of 6:5

True odds for Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets:

For Rolling a 4 or 10 you get payout odds of 1:2

For Rolling a 5 or 9 you get payout odds of 2:3

For Rolling a 6 or 8 you get payout odds of 5:6

True odds paid for Buy bets:

The House will take a commission of 5% of all Buy Bets and these are always paid at true odds. Only winning bets are subject to the commission charge.

For Rolling a 4 or 10 you get payout odds of 2:1

For Rolling a 5 or 9 you get payout odds of 3:2

For Rolling a 6 or 8 you get payout odds of 6:5

True odds paid for Lay bets:

As with winning Buy Bets the House will take a commission of 5% of all Lay Bets and these are always paid at true odds. Only winning bets are subject to the commission charge.

For Rolling a 4 or 10 you get payout odds of 1:2

For Rolling a 5 or 9 you get payout odds of 2:3

For Rolling a 6 or 8 you get payout odds of 5:6

The odds paid our for all other bets are:

Place to Win Bets : A winning bet on 4 pays out odds of 9:5

A winning bet on 5 pays out odds of 7:5

A winning bet on 6 pays out odds of 7:6

A winning bet on 8 pays out odds of 7:6

A winning bet on 9 pays out odds of 7:5

A winning bet on 10 pays out odds of 9:5

Place to Lose Bets : A Place to Lose bet on 4 pays out odds of 5:11

A Place to Lose bet on 5 pays out odds of 5:8

A Place to Lose bet on 6 pays out odds of 4:5

A Place to Lose bet on 8 pays out odds of 4:5

A Place to Lose bet on 9 pays out odds of 5:8

A Place to Lose bet on 10 pays out odds of 5:11

Field bet 2 rolled pays out odds of 2:1

Field bet 12 rolled pays out odds of 3:1

Other number rolled pays out odds of Even Money

Hardways bets

Hardways 4 pays out odds of 7:1

Hardways 6 pays out odds of 9:1

Hardways 8 pays out odds of 9:1

Hardways 10 pays out odds of 7:1

Any Seven pays out odds of 4:1

Any Craps Any Two, Twelve or Three pays out odds of 7:1

Craps Two pays out odds of 30:1

Craps Twelve pays out odds of 30:1

Craps Three pays out odds of 15:1

Eleven pays out odds of 15:1

Big 6 or Big 8 Six or Eight pays out odds of 1:1

Microgaming Craps Customization

Microgaming Craps game can be fully customized by players to enable them  to experience a personal and unique gaming session. To customize your play simply click on the Game Options tab, you can then change your betting and sound settings.

Sound Setting section – This will enable you to mute all sounds, or individual sounds like game sounds, win sounds, background sounds or the advanced sounds.

Bet Settings section – You can from with-in this option menu choose to enable or disable the following settings:

Place to win bets – Buys bets – Hardway bets – Come odds bet – Big 6 and 8 bets

Microgaming Craps Terminology

Box Cars – This is when the Shooter has rolled in two Sixes.

Come-Out Roll – This is the term referred to any roll before a point is established.

Craps Out – This is when (on the come-out roll) the Shooter rolls in either a Two, Three or Twelve.

Establish a Point This is simply when the Shooter rolls a Point on the come-out roll.

Making a Point – This is when the Shooter manages to roll in the Point, once it has been established.

Point – This refers to any of the following numbers, Four, Five, Six, Eight, Nine or Ten that the Shooter is aiming to roll in to win the Pass Line bet.

Shooter – The name given to the Player that rolls the dice.

Snake Eyes – This is when the Shooter manages to roll in a Two.

Microgaming Casinos

Microgaming have been providing online casino software for well over 10 years, they provide the gaming systems used in over 120 online casinos and over 24 poker sites.

All their Random Number Generators including those used in their Vegas Craps games have stood the test on time and are periodically tested by eCOGRA who have just been fully approved as an accredited testing facility by the Gambling Supervision Commission on the Isle of Man.

This enables all players to at all time be confident that they are receiving a fair game. Microgaming are fully committed to fairplay and openness regarding their games and this has led to them becoming a firm favorite for tens of thousands of worldwide online casino players.

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