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Craps is a popular dice game in which players bet on the outcome of the roll, or series of rolls, of a pair of dice. The craps dealer controls the action at the craps table and is responsible for managing all of the craps bets. In order to play craps, players and dealers alike must first learn the craps dealer rules. 

These rules dictate how the craps dealer will manage all of the bets, payouts, and pot collection. Once players understand the craps dealer rules, they can then begin to place their bets and try to win some money. Craps is a fast paced and exciting game, and with a little practice, anyone can learn to play and enjoy it. Here are some important craps dealer rules to follow.

The Object of the Game

The object of craps is to roll a pair of dice and get a 7 or an 11 on your first roll, which is called a “natural.” If you get a 2, 3, or 12 on the first roll, that is called “craps.” The point is established if you throw a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. Once the point is established, the object becomes to keep throwing the dice until you make that number again before throwing a 7. If you get your point, you then restart your turn, and you get to continue rolling. If you throw a 7 first, then you have “sevened” or “crapped” out. Then your turn is complete and the dice are passed to the next player.

Rolling the Dice

There can be multiple players around the craps table at one time. The craps dealer will instruct players when it is their turn to throw the dice. The craps dealer sets the dice behind the “off” button and hands them to the person rolling, frequently referred to as “the shooter.” The shooter must then roll the dice with one hand only and hit the far wall of the craps table. If he does not do this, it is considered a “no roll” and the dice are passed to the next player. As we mentioned above, once a shooter has established his point, he keeps rolling until he either rolls his point again (and wins), or rolls a seven (and loses).

Players are not to roll the dice until the dealer has given the okay to proceed. In between rolls, players will make bets and dealers will pay players. When the dealer slides the dice back to the roller, that is the signal that it is again safe to roll.

Placing Bets

Craps betting can be confusing at first because there are different types of bets. In craps, bets can be divided into single roll bets (meaning they only last for one roll) and multi-roll bets meaning that they can last up to a shooter’s entire turn. Placing bets on single rolls is riskier, but the payouts are generally higher. While there are more bets that can be placed, these are the ones you’ll need to know to get the hang of the game. We recommend taking some time to learn each of these types of bets before you get into anything more complicated.

  • Pass Line: This is the most popular bet in the game and the easiest wager. Betting on the pass line means you are wagering with the shooter, or saying that on a come out roll, the shooter will get a 7 or 11 (win) before he gets a 2, 3, or 12 (loss). If the shooter rolls any other number, the pass bet stays active on the craps table until the shooter lands the point number again, or loses with a 7.
    • Don’t Pass Line: This is one of the more unpopular bets because it’s betting that other gamblers at the table will lose. This is an inverted bet that can be played at most times during a game. Don’t Pass Lines will see players win on a 2 or 3 roll, while a 7 or 11 will lose. A roll of 12 means that the bet is a push. 
    • Come: This bet is made on the come out roll. When the shooter throws a 7 or 11 (also called a Yo Eleven), the bet wins. The bet loses on a 2, 3, or 12 (also called Craps).
    • Don’t Come: This bet is also made on the come out roll. When the shooter throws a 2 or a 3, the bet wins. If the shooter rolls a 12, it’s a push (or bar). If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, the bet loses. 
    • The Field: Many players have a love/hate relationship with field bets. They are a bet for a single roll of the dice at any time. The field bet pays out if the shooter throws a 3, 4, 9, 10, or 11, a double payout on a 2, and triple if a 12 is rolled. To counter these winnings, a bet is lost if the dice lands on a 5, 6, 7, or 8.
  • Place Bets: Another of the more popular ways of betting, these bets can be made at any time during a game of craps but are often played when a point number has already been determined. The idea is that the player makes a bet on a number that must be rolled before a 7 is thrown. There are three different payouts and house edges for each dice number wagered on.
  • Big Six, Big Eight: The big 6 and 8 work similar to the place bet in craps. The one major definitive factor from the two is payout. The two bets are essentially the same bet but placed on different areas of the craps table.
  • Hardways: This means that a point is rolled using two dice that show the same number. For example, to win a hard six bet, the shooter both dice must land on 3, instead of a 4 and a 2. To win this bet, the number must be rolled before the shooter rolls a 7. 

All bets must go through the dealer and be done at the appropriate time. Dealers have a system for keeping track of which players placed which bets. They help keep the game running smoothly, including the bets. Craps dealers are trained to look for any unauthorized manipulating of bets and of the dice, and they’ll let you know when and how to play. Knowing the basics will help your game run much more smoothly and efficiently.

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