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Craps - The Table Basics

Craps is an exciting, fast-paced dice game where players can place several of the best bets in the casino; yet new players are apt to shy away from the craps table because of the confusing number of different bets. 

The strategy to becoming a good craps player is to: 
1. Learn the different bets on the craps table. 
2. Learn the good bets from the bad bets
3. Start with a basic beginner strategy.

1. The Different Craps Bets

Pass Line 
A pass line bet is a bet placed before the come out roll (i.e. the first roll of the dice in a new craps round). A wager on the pass line wins immediately if the come out roll is 7 or 11 (naturals), and loses if the come out roll is 2, 3, or 12 (craps numbers). If any other number (4,5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) is rolled, that number becomes "the point." If the shooter rolls the point again before rolling a 7, your pass line bet wins. If the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling the point again, your pass line bet loses.

Donít Pass Line 
A donít pass line bet is essentially the reverse of a pass line bet, and is also placed before the come out roll. If the shooter rolls 3 or 12 on the come out roll, a donít pass line bet wins immediately. If, however, the come out roll is 7 or 11, donít pass line bets lose. If the come out roll is 2, a donít pass line bet is returned to the player in a push. If the come out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that number becomes the point. Once the point has been established, donít pass line bets win if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling the point again. If the shooter rolls the point again before rolling a 7, donít pass line bets lose.

Come 
A come bet is placed before any roll of the dice, once a point has been established by the come out roll. Come bets win immediately if the shooterís next roll is 7 or 11, and lose if the roll is 2, 3, or 12. If the shooter rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that number becomes "the come point." If the shooter rolls the come point again before rolling a 7, the come bet wins.

Donít Come 
A donít come bet is essentially the opposite of a come bet. Donít come bets win immediately when the shooterís next roll is 3 or 12, and lose if the roll is 7 or 11. If the shooter rolls a 2, the bet will be returned to the player in a push. After the come point is established, donít come bets win if 7 is rolled and lose if the come point is rolled.

Odds 
An odds bet is a "back up" bet on an original pass line, donít pass line, come, or donít come bet. 

Field 
A field bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be either 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Big Six and Big Eight 
A big six bet is a bet that 6 will be rolled before 7. Likewise, a big eight bet is a bet that 8 will be rolled before 7.

Place Win 
A place win bet is a bet that either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will be rolled before a seven.

Place Lose 
A place lose bet is a bet that 7 will be rolled before either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.

Buy 
A buy bet is a bet that either 4, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will be rolled before 7. 

Lay 
A lay bet is a bet that 7 will be rolled before 4, 6, 8, 9, or 10. 

Any 7 
An "any 7" bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be 7.

Any 11 
An "any 11" bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be 11.

Any Craps 
An "any craps" bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be 2, 3, or 12.

Horn 
A horn bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be either 2, 3, 11, or 12.

Hardway 
A hardway bet is a bet that the shooter will roll either a 4, 6, 8, or 10 as doubles (2+2, 3+3, 4+4, or 5+5) before rolling a 7. Rolling a number by doubles is said to be rolling the number "the hard way."

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