The dice game known as Craps or Bank Craps is a high-energy, exciting casino game. And the rules are easy to master as well. Here’s how to play craps. The player steps up to the table and uses just one hand to hold and throw the dice. When he throws them, they must hit the walls at the other end of the table. If they’re accidentally thrown off the table, the stick man inspects them before handing them back to the player. Up to 20 players can be at a single table, each of whom gets a round of shooting the dice. Anyone who does not want to throw can instead bet on the thrower.

First, players make their bets. A bet placed before the first roll can be any on any of the following:

Pass the Line

This means you’re betting that the player’s first roll will be a 7 or 11. If he does, the roller and you win. If he gets a 2, 3 or a 12, this is considered craps, and the roller and those who bet on Pass the Line lose. Any other number will become the point—and a white chip is placed over that number. The shooter keeps rolling the dice, and any time that point is rolled before a seven, the roller wins.

Don’t Pass Bar

This means that you’re betting that the first roll will be a 2 or 3. Anyone who makes this bet loses on 7 or 11, while a 12 is a push. If the first roll is none of these, then the person who bets Don’t Pass Bar wins if the roller gets 7 before the point.

Proposition Bets

These are made on specific dice combinations—and the odds of winning on this are poor. For instance, you might bet on doubles or any other combination that is displayed on the board. You have until the round ends to win that bet—with the round ending when the roller gets point or a seven.


This is a bet that the roller’s next roll will be a 2-4 or a 9-12. A 2 or 12 will pay double. Once the bets are made, the shooter rolls. His first roll is the come out roll. If he gets a 2, 3, 7, 11 or a 12 on this roll, the round is done and bets are paid accordingly. If he rolls a 4-10, this number is declared the point. This gives the bettors a number of options. These include betting:

Pass Line Odds

Players can double his Pass Line Bet on the odds of Point being the next throw. However, you can only bet Pass Line Odds if your bet on the come-out roll was the Pass Line Bet.

Don’t Pass Odds

This one is just the opposite. Here, the player bets that the roller will get a 7 before making Point. This is one of the few times in a casino where the player has the advantage over the House. However, the payoff is usually not much. You can only bet on Don’t Pass Odds if your bet on the come-out roll was Don’t Pass.

Field and Proposition

This bet is allowed on any roll and is a bet on any dice combination that the board displays.

Come Bet

This is identical to the Pass Line Bet, but is only made on rolls after the come-out roll.

Don’t Come Bet

This is identical to the Don’t Pass, but is only made on rolls after the come-out roll.

Big Six

The bettor is betting that the roller will next roll a 6.

Big Eight

The player bets that the next roll will show an 8. Following the shooter’s come-out roll, the shooter keeps rolling as long as he wants or until his turn ends with making the point or a 7. If he wants, he may pass the dice to the person to his left, and play continues as above.