How to Play Craps in Las Vegas


Craps is a Las Vegas casino dice game played inside a large sunken table. Craps can be a complicated game to understand because of the different betting options. In craps, players wager money against the casino on the outcome of one roll, or of a series of rolls of red two dice.

Craps is a game played by 1 or more players. It is played with a set of two perfectly balance red dice. In Las Vegas casinos, there are no seats around the table because the game is played standing up. Players take turns rolling two dice.


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Getting Started

Place a bet on the Pass Line section of the board after the hockey puck is switched to OFF by the dealer(stickman). The player rolling the dice is called the "shooter." The Shooter will then make a "come-out roll" by tossing both dice from one of the short ends of the table to the other, making sure that both dice hit the opposite side wall of the table.

Note: The game is played in rounds, with the first roll of a new round called the "come-out roll."


The Video Clip above answers the following questions about Craps
1) What is "craps"?
2) What are the overall "odds" in craps?
3) Do certain bets on the craps table have better odds than others?
4) Who is the "shooter"?
5) What is the "point"?
6) What are the "pass" and "don't pass" lines?
7) What is the "come line"?
8) What is the "don't come" line?
9) What is the "come out roll"?
10) Once the shooter has his "point", how long does he roll?
11) What is the most basic betting strategy in craps?
12) What is the "odds bet" or "backing up" my pass line bet?
13) Is there a limit to how much I can "back up" my pass line bet?
14) What are "true odds" in craps?
15) Should I always back up my pass line bet to get true odds?
16) Can I take my odds bet off the table at any time?
17) What are the "place bets", and how do they win me money?
18) What does the number 7 have to do with the game of craps?
19) Can I move my "place bets" on and off the table?
20) Should I "cover" all of the "place bets"?
21) What are the odds on each of the place bets?
22) What are "hard" and "soft" way bets?
23) What are the "prop" bets, and what are the odds?
24) What is a "Yo" bet?
**** The Video Clip above answers all the questions

Craps Waging

Pass Line

On the come-out roll, if the total of the two dice is 7 or 11, you win, and your chips double. This is called a 'win' or a 'natural'. If they roll a 2, 3 or 12, you lose and your chips are taken away. This is called 'craps' and ends the round immediately.

If the shooter rolls any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) on the come-out roll, this number becomes what is called the point and then you enter the Point Round.

In the point round, the shooter will re-roll the dice continuously and try to roll the same number again before rolling a 7. If the shooter rolls the point again, the round ends and the game starts over with the same shooter rolling another come-out roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 instead of the point, this is called a 'seven-out,' the round ends, and the dice pass to the next player to the left, who becomes the new shooter.

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Don't Pass Line

This is the opposite of the pass line bet. With the "Don't Pass Line" wager, you lose on the "come out" roll if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11. You win on a 2 or 3 (12 is a tie). Once a point is established, you lose if the point is thrown and win if a 7 rolls.

Come Bets

This is a bet that can be made anytime after the first roll when a shooter has a point to make. You win on a 7 or 11 and lose on a 2, 3 or 12. Any other number becomes your "come point" and must be repeated for you to win before a 7 rolls.

free gaming lessonsDon't Come Bets

This is also a bet that can be made anytime after the first roll when a shooter has a point to make. The opposite of the "Come Bet", you win if 2 or 3 roll (12 is a tie), and lose if 7 or 11 roll. Any other number rolled becomes your "come point" and if repeated you lose. If a 7 rolls you win.


The odds bet can be taken once a point is made on the first roll or a come point on a succeeding roll. You win if the point or come points are made before a 7.

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Place Bets

With Place bets you have to wait for the shooter to make a point and then you may make a "place bet" on numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. If the shooter rolls any of these numbers before a 7, you win.

Field Bets

Field bets are one roll bets. With field bets, you win on 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. You win 2 to 1 on 2. and you win 3 to 1 on 12. You lose on 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Proposition Bets

Proposition bets can be found in the center of the table and are one roll bets


With a hardway bet, you are betting that the shooter rolls a pair. This is not a one-roll bet. Hardways win if the dice roll as a pair and lose if a 7 rolls.



Be Warned:

This website encourages you to play responsibly by betting within your limits and by recognizing that over time the house will come out ahead.

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Nevada State Gaming Rules

The minimum age for gambling in Nevada is 21 and the law is strictly enforced. Casinos can be fined heavily by the state or have their license revoked for allowing anyone under 21 to gamble or loiter in gaming areas.

Adults cannot play slot machines with kids looking over their shoulder, nor can they park infants in strollers besides slot machines or gaming tables.

Security guards will inform violators of the state law one time and escort them from the premises for repeatedly ignoring warnings.

Las Vegas Gaming Terminology / Phrases

Vegas Phrase
All in When a player bets all of his or her chips.
Comps Free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on, given to frequent gamblers.
House edge The statistical advantage that the casino maintains over the player.
One-armed bandit A slot machine.
Pit boss A table games supervisor on the casino floor.
Cage Where casino cashiers exchange chips for money.
High roller A gambler who wagers large amounts of money.
Eye in the sky A casino’s high-tech camera surveillance network.
Let it ride To roll over your winnings into another bet.
Loose slots Slot machines with above-average pay outs.
Tapped out Broke, out of money.
Toke A tip or gratuity (short for “token”).
RFB Room, food, and beverage comps.

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Craps Strategy

Most players' strategies center around knowing which bets to place and which bets to avoid. Most wining players avoid all bets except for the Pass Line and Come bets and certain Place bets(6 or 8), leaving the Field, Proposition, Big 6 and Big 8 bets to those pulled in by the stickperson.

Remember, you want a 7 or 11 on the come out roll. If 7 or 11 appear you win, if 2, 3, or 12 are rolled you lose.
Once a point is established, you can't pick up your bet , you have to wait until the player sevens out.

Low Limit Craps in Las Vegas

Below are Las Vegas casinos with low limits on Craps

Casino Royale
Main Street Station
Las Vegas Club
Golden Nugget

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Terms used in Craps

Come point
Come-out roll
Come Bets
Don't Pass Line
Place bet