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How to Play Craps Part 1

1 - Buy Into the Game

Find the cheapest table and a spot in the rail to stand at. Now you need to know what stage of the game the game is on by looking at the Puck. When the Puck says ON they are in the middle of a game so just hang out and wait for it to turn OFF. When the Puck says OFF, otherwise known as the Comeout Roll (CR), then a new game is starting. This is the time to buy-in and make your first bet.

2 - Establish a Point

This is when you learn to make your first bet, the Pass Line. Every player on the Pass Line bets with the Shooter so you all win and lose together. Since it’s the CR, place your money on the Pass Line in front of you and wait for 1 of 3 possible outcomes:

  1. You Win – If the shooter throws a 7 or 11 your Pass Line will win even money. Pick up your winnings.
  2. You Lose – If the shooter throws a 2, 3, or 12 the Pass Line loses. Put another bet down on the Pass Line.
  3. A Point is Established – If the shooter throws any other number, 4-5-6-8-9-10, then that number will be the Point. The Puck will turn to the ON position and move to that Point.
2.1 - To Make or Not to Make a Point

After the shooter has established a Point you’re waiting for one of two things to happen:

  1. You Win – The shooter throws the Point before throwing a 7. The Puck turns OFF, a new game begins with the same shooter, repeat Step 2.
  2. You Lose – The shooter throws a 7 before throwing the Point. The Puck turns OFF, the dice are passed to the next shooter, repeat Step 2.
3. Take Advantage of Odds

As soon as a Point is established you can put an extra bet behind your Pass Line called Odds. Pass Line Odds get paid True Odds and have no advantage to the casino so it’s in your best interest to make this bet every time. They win and lose with your Pass Line bet but get paid differently depending on what the Point is.

If the Point is:

  • 6 or 8 – Every $5 you bet as Odds will win $6.
  • 5 or 9 – Every $2 you bet as Odds will win $3.
  • 4 or 10 – Anything amount you use adds Odds wins Double.
4. Make a Couple Place Bets

The next bet to learn after the Pass Line and Odds is a Place Bet. After a Point is established you can make a Place bet directly on any of the six possible Point numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The number(s) you pick must be rolled before a 7 in order to win. If a 7 rolls they lose. The Place bets pay differently and are bet in different increments because certain numbers are easier to roll than others.

Place bets on the:

  • 6 and 8 – Are rolled most often. For every $6 you bet you win $7.
  • 5 and 9 – Are rolled the next most often. For every $5 you bet you win $7.
  • 4 and 10 – Are the hardest to roll. For every $5 you bet you win $9. Once you get to $20 on the 4 or 10 you should buy it.

When you’re ready to make Place bets as part of your betting arsenal, give the money to the dealers by putting it in the COME and telling the dealer which number you would like and for how much, such as “I would like to Place the 5 for $10”.

After learning these three bets you can consider yourself a Craps player. There are still other things you should learn to make the game run as smooth as possible such as learning spread bets or presses. You should understand the how to shoot, rules of the table, and where your money is at all times.


  • Wait for the Comeout Roll, when the puck is OFF, to buy in the game. This is also the best time to make a Pass Line bet.
  • After a Point has been established add Odds to your Pass Line bet. The Pass Line and its Odds are betting the Point will be rolled before the 7.
  • Place bets are made after the Point has been established. 6’s and 8’s are rolled most often. 5’s and 9’s are the next most often. 4’s and 10’s are the hardest to roll but get paid better.


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