How to play craps

To learn how to play craps and every single bet available would take some time – time that could be spent playing the game itself.

So we've tried to keep this how to play craps guide short by only featuring a bet on the pass line.

Our suggestion would be to get this guide, print it out, register with one of our casino partners and play the game for free and experiment with each bet, looking carefully at the outcome.

Oh Craps!

  • Few casino games offer as many ways to bet as craps
  • Pass line bets are the most common and win if the point is rolled again before a seven
  • Just playing the pass line bets is a good way of getting familiar with the game.

Let's start by looking at the renowned pass line bet. The pass line bet is the most common bet in craps and is also known as betting with the shooter (the person with the dice). The nature of the game is such that you could play the game for years, only placing this bet, but still enjoy the game as much as anyone else.

Amongst other reasons for its popularity, the pass line bet carries some of the best odds in the game of craps. So without further ado, below is a step by step guide to placing a pass line bet in online craps.

  1. Once you've opened the craps table screen, select how much you would like to bet by clicking on the corresponding chips that are on the side of the table.
  2. Place a pass line bet by clicking anywhere in the section on the table labelled ‘Pass Line'.
  3. Click roll and watch as the dice are rolled (this is called a come out roll).
  4. Here the combination of the dice rolled leads to three different outcomes
    1. You win your bet with odds of 1:1 when 7 or 11 are rolled.
    2. You lose your bet when 2, 3 or 12 are rolled.
    3. If the number rolled is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 then that number becomes your point number.
  5. If the first two outcomes above occurred, return to step 1. If the third outcome occurred then click on the roll again button and watch as the dice are rolled.
  6. Now there are three outcomes again –
    1. The point number is rolled and you win at odds of 1:1.
    2. A 7 is rolled and you lose.
    3. Any other number is rolled and you return to step 5.

As we explained above, there are many more bets on offer in craps but following these steps will allow you to play a simple game and understand what all the shouting is about!

If you want to learn more about craps then have a look at our guide to craps rules which describes every bet that can be made in this ever-popular online casino game.

Conquering Craps

JACKPOT TIP – The payouts can vary between craps games so make sure that the one you play has high odds. For example, placing 2 and 12 pays out at 3:1.

Craps can be a pretty friendly game if you play the right bets. You've just got to know which ones these are. To help you out, below is a probability table of the outcome of a dice roll.

Outcome Number of Combinations Probability
2 1 35:1
3 2 17:1
4 3 11:1
5 4 8:1
6 5 6.2:1
7 6 5:1
8 5 6.2:1
9 4 8:1
10 3 11:1
11 2 17:1
12 1 35:1

We've also compiled a number of craps tips to help you through the formative stages of your craps life.

  • Play the pass, don't pass, come or don't come bets. These bets have a house edge of 1.36% - 1.41%.
  • Take the odds on the pass, don't pass, come and don't come bets. These have a house edge of 0%.
  • Never bet on Big Six or Big Eight. It's the same as placing six or eight but pays out less.
  • Only place field bets if the 2 and 12 pay 3:1.
  • Realise that proposition bets have terrible odds so don't expect to win much if you play them.