In fact, craps was incredibly popular and played on streets on a sheet of cloth long before it found its way to casinos.
Craps is one of the oldest casino games, being played between soldiers and travelers since the Crusaders.
How Do You Play Craps?
The rules of craps and the available bets vary from casino to casino. But there’s a general rule set all casinos follow. The player who rolls the two dices is called the shooter. He must place wagers on the Pass and/or Don’t Pass bets.
This bets on the outcome of the round. That can also be found under the terms Right and Wrong or Win and Don’t Win. The bets are placed by putting chips in the appropriately marked field. The player can do that himself. He can also let the dealer or stickman do that.
The Shooter Rolls
The shooter always rolls two dices who he picks from a pile of 5 presented by the stickman. Both need to be rolled in one throw and both need to hit the back wall of the table.
The game has two phases– the come-out roll and point. The come-out roll is the player’s first roll and depending on the numbers. Bets placed on Pass or Don’t Pass win or lose. If the come-out roll is 2, 3 or 12 (also known as craps), the bets on Pass lose. Those placed on Don’t Pass win if the roll is 2 or 3 and tie if the come-out roll is 12. This ends the round before a new one begins. A roll of 11 in this phase of the game is known as a natural.
If a player rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number is marked by the dealer at the table and becomes the player’s point. In this phase of the game, the shooters continue rolling the dice. It ends if they get a 7. In that case the Don’t Pass line wins and the Pass line loses. In case the player rolls his point number, the Pass line wins and the Don’t Pass line loses.