How to play craps for beginners

The game of Craps has two phases. The coming out and the point. We are going to go though the basic bets with some examples and then expand and explain the rest of the table as well as Craps Etiquette when playing in land casinos.

The Come Out
The come out is the first phase of the Craps game. In this phase a shooter (person with the dice) rolls the dice in order to establish a Point. For our example we are going to make the main and most popular bet in Craps, the Pass Line Bet. With a bet on the pass line the following outcomes are possible during the Come Out phase.

7,11 win
2,3,12 lose (craps)
4,5,6,8,9,10 point established -> move to the point phase

If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 the bet wins and the shooter rolls again. If the shooter rolls a 2,3,12 the pass line bet loses and the next shooter is up. If the shooter rolls 4,5,6,8,9 or 10 then a point is established and the game goes to the next phase, the pass line bet has not won or lost yet in this case.

In the example we have a 5$ bet on the pass line and the shooter rolled a 6. The point is now 6 and you can see that the black puck moved from OFF position to ON and at the number six.

The Point
In this phase of the game the shooter needs to roll the point number before they roll the number seven. In our example the shooter needs to roll six in order for our bet to win. If they roll seven before they roll a six our bet loses. When the shooter rolls any other number nothing happens to our bet. Here are the outcomes of this point phase.

7 lose -> move to come out phase with a new shooter
6 win -> move to come out phase with same shooter
2,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12 Shooter rolls again

BOOM! The shooter rolled a six and our pass line bet won! The bet pays even money so our 5$ bet won us 5$!

Now the game goes back to the Coming Out phase and a new number needs to be established. The shooter is the same until they roll a Seven Out. A Seven Out is when you roll a seven in the point phase.

How to make a Come Bet
The Come Bet is almost the same as the pass line bet. The difference is that this bet can be placed anytime in the point phase. In a way you could think of it as a game within the game. Here is an example.

The number has been established as Six. After the come out roll of Six was rolled we placed a 5$ Come Bet in the middle. This is the same as a Pass Line bet but it starts now. Here are the possible results of our Come Bet.

7,11 win
2,3,12 loss (craps)
4,5,6,8,9,10 Come Bet number established

If the next roll after the come bet is a 4,5,6,8,9,10 then the bet moves to that number. Then we need the shooter to roll that number before they roll a seven.

In this example the shooter rolled a four. That means we need the shooter to roll a four again before they roll a seven. You can see that the point is Six, this does not effect our Come Bet. If the shooter rolls the point number (six) in this example then our Come Bet is still alive. It is not vaild (OFF) during the come out phase and then vaild (ON) during the point phase of the next game. We still need the shooter to roll a four before they roll a seven. Here are the possible outcomes of our Come Bet after the Come Bet number has been established.

4, win
7, lose
2,3,4,5,8,9,10,11,12 nothing happens, game continues
6 our bet waits for the next point phase

As you can see the Come Bet is the same as the Pass Line bet just that it can be placed anytime in the point phase. You can also place more than one Come Bet.

Now you are ready to play some craps! These are the basic bets and game flow that you need to understand. You can play craps online! Try it out in the live casino section of Flush and Stake.

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