Online Craps - A Beginner's Guide

Most players have their favorite casino games, but everyone enjoys a change now and then. Craps is a fun game packed with excitement that only takes a few moments to learn. The following information will help beginners feel more at ease when playing for the first few times.

Pass Line and Don't Pass Bets

The two most common bets in craps are the Pass Line and Don't Pass bets. These have some of the best odds for the player and pay out even money as a result. Pass Line bets only pay out when the player rolls a seven or 11 on the come out roll--the first roll of the play. Don't Pass bets pay out if the player successfully rolls a two, three or 12 on the come out roll, but the player loses automatically if they roll a seven or 11.

The Point

The point is the number that the player will aim for if they do not successfully win the Pass Line or Don't Pass bets. This means that if the player places a Don't Pass bet and rolls anything but a two, three, seven, 11 or 12, this becomes the point and the player must roll this number again before rolling a seven. If the player manages to do so, they win. If the player rolls a seven before the point, the player 'craps out' and the wager is lost.

Field Bets

Finally, beginners should also be aware of the field bet and how it is used. When this bet is active, a roll that results in a score of three, four, nine, 10 or 11 will pay out even money. A roll of two will pay out 2:1 and a roll of 12 will pay out 3:1. If any other number is rolled, the player loses his or her wager.

Players who are unfamiliar with craps will definitely benefit from this guide as it explains the most common bets and how wins and losses are determined. Remember that craps is a game of luck, and nothing a player does will affect the outcome of the roll.