Online Craps | The Ultimate Guide to Playing Craps Online 2024

Playing Craps online is similar to land-based casino play. The Craps rules will not vary greatly, unless playing a virtual version of the table game, where you are the shooter and player rather than having other people at the table. There are also live versions of online Craps, which definitely follow the rules of Craps. Learning how to play Craps is paramount to your success in any casino. The following will provide rules for Craps, and strategy information.

What is Craps?

Craps is a table game with dice. There are very specific rules for how the game is played. There is a shooter, who rolls the dice, and players who wager on the numbers resulting from the dice throw. Players can wager for or against the shooter. There is also a croupier in the game that oversees the wagers and maintains the integrity of the dice. Craps has a long history as being a street game, which is why there are some slang terms that are nice to know when you play the game. Street games or street Craps are often in an informal setting, like a 1918 game recorded at a military camp, with men using the pavement for the table and dice throws. Craps is the name of a game that was once called Hazard, although there are enough variations in the games to make it seem like Craps was a USA born game. Hazard has murky origins as to where it came from, but it was played prolifically in Europe during the 1800s. Eventually, Hazards made its way to the US in Louisiana to become the dice game we see in numerous casinos.

How to Play Craps - Basic Rules Explained

Craps has a croupier who will require bets to be placed before the shooter is able to throw the dice.

The shooter is one of the players at the table. The shooter remains in control only as long as the bets allow. Certain losses will mean a new shooter takes over.

The shooter needs to make the come out roll. The shooter must wager on the pass or don’t pass line.

Other players will make their wagers. They can wager along with the shooter or place the come/ don’t come wager.

The first roll for a shooter is always the come-out roll.

  1. If a 7 or 11 appears on the first roll, the pass line gains even money. If someone wagered on the don’ts and a 7 appeared, the wager is lost.
  2. If a 2, 3, or 12 appears the player has “craps” so everyone losses the wager on the pass line and the don’t pass bets are lost, unless it is a 2 or 12, in which case the wagers are pushed.
  3. If any other number is rolled, the shooter has gained the “point”.

The shooter will then need to play the point, which means gaining the number again. Wagers are made on whether the shooter will roll the “point” or not. If the player has a 4, and the wager is that the shooter will not hit the “point” the person wins their bet.

If the shooter gains the “point” then a new come out roll is necessary, which can mean a new “point” for the shooter is established.

The shooter needs to roll the point before a 7 appears. If a 7 appears at any other time than a come-out roll the wagers are lost. If a seven is rolled after the first point, a new shooter is in place.

Multi-Roll Bets

PASS – a pass wager is in the pass line box, where one bets with the shooter for what the dice will do.

COME – there are two types: come out roll, which is the first roll of a new shooter and the come bet that is wagering on specific numbers to happen after the come out roll. There is a section on the table for the come bet.

DON’T PASS AND DON’T COME – a don’t come wager is in the box that says the “come” wager will not occur. It is also tied with the don’t pass bet, which is when the player wagers against the shooter on the come out roll. It is a wager on the 2, 3, or 12.

FREE ODDS – also known as odds it is the odds that can be taken or laid behind the don’t pass/come and come/pass wagers.

PLACE BETS – a place bet is made on a number, such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The idea is that any of the numbers will appear before a 7 does.

BUY BETS – like place bets you wager on certain numbers appearing before a seven, the only difference is you get true odds.

One-Roll Bets

THE FIELD – field wagers are on the 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 12, rather than the 7 or 11.

2 OR 12 – a player will wager that a 2 or 12 will appear.

3 OR 11 – this is a bet for the 3 or 11 to appear on the dice in the next roll.

ANY 7 – a one-roll wager that a 7 will happen in the next roll.

ANY Craps – a one roll wager that a 2, 3, or 12 will appear in the next roll.

HOP BETS – this is a single roll wager for a certain combination to appear. The wager is 15:1 for easy ways and 30 to 1 for hard ways bets.

Payout and House Edge

Depending on the numbers that come up on the dice, you may have 2 to 1 or as much as 6 to 5 on the payout. Numbers 4 or 10 pay 2 to 1, with 5 or 9 paying 3 to 2, and 6 or 8 paying 6 to 5. The house edge is not as favorable to players as other casino games. Most Craps games will have a house edge of 5%, even online Craps. To figure out the house edge, examine the return to player. If it is 95%, then the house edge is 5%. Also look at the payout table for the software provider to check the payout for all the bets.

Tips for Playing Craps

When playing online Craps, there are certain things you can do to make it a better game.

  • Know the rules about Craps
  • Learn how to play it using demo games.
  • Only invest what you can afford to lose.
  • Stick with the pass and come wagers and the opposite, don’t come and pass wagers at first.
  • Learn the probabilities of the dice for the outcome of gaining the same point number before a seven or new point number is attained.
  • It is unlikely for the same number to be rolled right after the last roll, but not improbable.


ACE – when a player bets on a 2 in the next roll

BETTING RIGHT – it is a wager on the come and pass line bets with the shooter.

BETTING WRONG – a wager against the shooter meaning the Don’t Come and Don’t Pass bets are chosen.

BONES – the dice are called bones in slang.

CAPPED DICE – the term for loaded or crooked dice, meaning they have been tampered with.

CENTER FIELD – or center bets are those that are placed in the center of the table between the all one-roll bets and Hardway bets. It is most commonly referring to the 9.

COLD TABLE – the shooters are not doing well at the table, coming up with losses.

COLOR UP – when a player changes their chip denominations for a larger one.

Craps OUT- a shooter throws a Craps, meaning a 2, 3, or 12, during the come out roll, which is a loss for Pass Line bettors.

EDGE – this is the advantage the casino has over the player.

FEVER – it is also known as the fever five, which is supposed to be a roll of 5.

GEORGE – a person who tips well.

HARD NUMBER – a hard number or hardway is a number rolled as a double such as seen 2 and 2 or 4 and 4.

INSURANCE BET – a secondary wager made to cover the initial bet on the table to protect the loss.

PAYOUT – the term meaning the amount one gets if they have a winning bet.

RAIL – on the table there is an area, players can put their chips that are not being played at the time, it is a grooved area of the table edge.

RIGHT BETTOR – the player is wagering on the shooter to have a pass or a win on the come out roll.

SEVEN OUT – a bet to say the shooter will roll a 7 once a point is established, but before repeating the point number.

WORKING BETS – it is the next dice roll that is being wagered on.

WRONG BETTOR – the bettor is not wagering with the shooter, but against them that the next roll will not be the point or won’t pass.

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