A starter lesson for learning to play craps
Despite its appearance as you pass by the game table, craps is really quite simple to learn. Despite its appearance the game is as easy as 1-2-3 to learn. The Pass Line that goes around the whole table and the Don’t Pass Line that tends to mirror it are the two basic bets of craps.
The game starts with the shooter placing one or the other of these bets. Since most players are “right bettors,” that is, they bet the Pass Line, let’s look at the game from the perspective of the Pass Line. The shooter places a bet on the Pass Line. He is given the dice. The shooter now rolls the dice. If he rolls a 7 or 11, the Pass Line bettors win even money — i.e., you bet $10, you win $10. However, if the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, the Pass Line bettors lose.
If the shooter rolls any one of the following numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10; this number becomes the point. For the Pass Line bettor to win, the shooter must roll that number again before he rolls a 7.
If the shooter “sevens out,” the dice are passed on to the next shooter. If the shooter hits his point, he “comes out” again(shoots the dice), just as in the above.
That’s the basic rules for the “pass line bet”. The don’t pass is opposite the pass line bet but it will confuse the novice craps player so we are staying with the Pass line bet for now. There is much more to the game but this basic “pass line” rule is the basic understanding of the game, so read it a few times, and book us for your next party. That way, you can put what you learned to the test and get more instructions on other bets.