How to Play Craps in Las Vegas

How to Play Craps

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.

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."




Craps Waging

Pass Line

A pass line wager is placed immediately prior to 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.



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.

When 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, it is the point. You are betting that 7 will be rolled before the point. This bet must be placed before the come out roll, but may be removed or decreased after a point is established, however, it may not be replaced or increased after such removal or reduction.

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 on the roll immediately following placement of the bet. Any other number becomes your "come point" and your bet will be moved to that number. If your point rolls before 7, you win. If 7 rolls before your point, you lose.

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Don'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 immediately following placement of the bet. When 12 is rolled, it is a stand-off. When 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, it is your point. You are betting that 7 will be rolled before the point. When a point is established, the bet will be placed behind that number.


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. If 7 rolls before your number, you lose.

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.

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.

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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Terms used in Craps


Come-out point - means a total of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 thrown by the shooter on the come out roll.

Come-out roll - means the first roll of the dice at the opening of the game or the next roll of the dice after a decision with respect to Pass Bet and Don't Pass Bet.

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