Craps is one of the most thrilling and exciting casinos games which keep people cheering from crowded tables. Not only is the game exciting, it is also very intimidating, which is why many new players avoid the craps table. However craps rules are actually easy to learn and you can learn a lot and improve your skills just by watching other players play. Read on to learn more about the game.

The game

Craps is played using two dices on a large table, divided into two sides. The betting layout is printed on both sides to accommodate more players. The player who throws the dice is called a ‘shooter’ and the objective of the game is to bet whether the shooter will win or not, and what the outcome of the shooter’s roll will be.

A craps round starts with players placing bets after which the shooter rolls a pair of dice. The first roll is a ‘come out roll’; and if it is a 7 or 11, the player wins. However if he rolls a 2, 3 or 12 (called craps numbers), he loses.

Any other number rolled by the shooter is called a ‘point’ number, which must be rolled before a 7. The shooter wins if the ‘point’ number falls first and loses if 7 is rolled first. While the most popular bet in the game is to bet that the shooter will win, there are altogether 40 different bets you can make in craps like Come Bet, Pass Line Bet, Field Bet and Place Bet.


While strategies and trying to improve your game are important, it is equally important that you know the rules of the game, and what happens at the craps table. It can be difficult playing craps if you have no idea about what’s happening.

So learn about craps rules, lingo and its payouts and betting options. You will notice that while dealers have nicknames for everything, it is important that you learn the lingo to be ‘in the game’.

New craps players should essentially stick to placing even money bets. As the house edge of the Pass Line is one of the lowest in the casino at 1.41%, betting on it is a sure-fire way to win. Even the Field bet is a great beginner bet.

While playing these bets, watch the surrounding players who seem to know the game. Notice where they bet and whether they win or not. You will thus gain courage and can start following their footsteps.

Similarly, it’s better to avoid the Proposition bet, which bets on the outcome of the immediately next roll.  Its house edge is 13.9%, making it highly unlikely that you will win on it. Instead, you may end up eating through your bankroll!

Just stick to the bets with lower edges. Though they offer lower payouts, they will help you grow your bankroll and let you play your favourite craps game for a longer time.