Basics of Craps Odds

I see so many patrons who walk up to look at the craps table and it’s obvious that they would love to be playing, but their lack of knowledge of the game keeps them away. Craps is actually an easy game to learn, and one of the most exciting ways you’ll ever wager your money.

All bets are placed on the stenciled betting areas in the center of the table. Different sections with different odds are laid out to bet on, and the game will begin once the shooter (the dice roller) places a bet in the middle and calls out the amount by saying, “I’ll shoot (amount of bet).” Opponents will then place bets on what they think will happen next.

Opponents have the option of matching the amount of the shooter in the center, or only betting a portion of it. Any amount in the center not matched will be returned to the shooter. They win the center bets if they roll a 7 or 11 (a natural). They lose if they roll 2, 3, or 12 (craps). Any other number will become the shooter’s point, and they will need to roll that number again before a seven is rolled. The shooter will continue to roll until this has been decided, and bets will be made on numerous possibilities during these rolls, like whether or not the shooter will make their point.

The best way to play craps is to stick to bets that present more favorable odds. One edge few people choose to take advantage of is that the shooter is at a slight disadvantage. It’s a small edge, 251:245, but it’s more fun to roll then to pass your turn.

The smarter bets consist of 2:1 on not making the point (4 or 10), 3:2 on not making the point (5 or 9), and 6:5 on not making the point (6 or 8), and the “pass line” and the “don’t pass” give the best odds with the house edge at only 1.4%. “Come and don’t come” bets also give only 1.4 % to the house.

The weaker bets consist of Hard way bets (doubles), giving 8:1 on making the point on 4 or 10 with 2, 2 or 5, 5. It’s also wise to stay away from the Big 6 & 8 and the “seven or eleven”; they give the house a 16.66% edge. Now that you know the odds, test out your skills this online craps table.