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Online Craps Explained

posted on September 24, 2012

Check out our amazing slot games! Craps is a dice based game in which players place wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. Unlike when playing slots, players may wager money against each other as in a street craps or a bank as in a casino craps. Street craps can be played anywhere because it requires little equipment. Craps is known as a game of high class and reputation, though the history of craps is on the murky side. Unlike its other counterparts, craps gambling stems to different origins.

Craps is considered to be developed from an old English game 'hazard'. Its origins are complex and may date to the Crusades, later being influenced by French gamblers. What became the modern American version of the game was brought to New Orleans first by Bernard Xavier Philippe de marigny de Mandeville, scion of wealthy Louisiana landowners, who was a gambler and also politician. There was a pothole in Bernard's version of the game in which players could exploit the casino using fixed dice and take advantage of the way players can place their bets with or against the dice thrower.

Later, John H. Winn introduced the "don't pass" betting option in order to fix this and that version of craps is still used. The game was known as crapaud which means 'toad' in French, reportedly owes its modern popularity to it being spread through the African-American community. Craps has now gone online and can be enjoyed at online casinos.

Rules of Online Craps

The basic structure of online craps is very simple: Place a bet, roll the dice, and see if you're number combination comes up. It's the betting field that's complex and looking at the array of numbers, symbols and betting "lines" on the table can be more than overwhelming to both new and seasoned players.

Bank Craps is a real money casino game played by one or more players against a casino (bank). The casino covers all player bets at a table and sets the odds on its payout. Players take turns rolling two dice. The player who rolls the dice is called the "shooter". Other players at the table bet on the shooter's rolls by placing chips on various different areas on the table that pay out according to numbers rolled.

To begin, a player wishing to play as the shooter must bet at least the table minimum on either the "Pass" line or the "Don't Pass" line. The "Pass" line is associated to shooter being 'Right' or 'Win' whereas the "Don't Pass" is related to shooter being 'Wrong' or 'Loose'. The game is played in Rounds, with the right to roll the dice moves in a clockwise manner around the craps table at the end of each round. A player may choose not to roll (but can continue to bet); the dice then pass to the next player willing to become the shooter. The shooter is presented with multiple dice (typically five) by the "stickman", and must choose two to roll with. The remaining dice are returned to the stickman's bowl and are not used.

Each round has two phases: "come-out" and "point". To start a round, the shooter makes one or more "come-out" rolls. A come-out roll of 2, 3 or 12 (called "craps", the shooter is said to "crap out") ends the round with players losing their "pass line" bets. A come-out roll of 7 or 11 (a "natural") results in a win for "pass line" bets. The shooter continues to make come-out rolls until he rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, and the number becomes the "point". The dealers then move an "On" button to the point number signifying the second phase of the round. If the shooter rolls the point number, the result is a win for bets on the pass line. If the shooter rolls a seven (a "seven-out"), the pass line loses, the "Don't Pass" wins, and the round ends.

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