What is Crap?
Craps is a dice game popular in casinos and on the streets (although street craps is illegal). It based on the old English dice game of hazard. The big difference between “street craps”, also known as private craps, and “casino craps” or bank craps, is that in private craps players bet on each other and in bank craps players bet against the house. Other small differences occur and sometimes rules change depending on the locality, but the basics are the same. The shooter throws dice against a backboard or a wall until he craps out – rolls a 2, 3, or 12. Players will bet for or against the shooter’s roll. Certain rolls have higher odds than others. For example, a double one has odds of 30-1.
A round of craps has two phases. The first phase is called the come out roll and the second phase is called the point roll. The come out roll is the roll that begins the game. In this phase, players can place a bet on the pass line to back the shooter, or a bet on the don’t pass line to bet against the shooter. The shooter has to bet to shoot, but not all players have to bet to continue. Sometimes players will place a bet on both lines. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, he craps out and he and the people that voted in his favour lose their money. The people that win at this stage win at odds of 2-1. If the shooter wins, he not only takes the money but continues as shooter into the point phase.
The point phase opens up the whole board for betting and at much higher odds. In this phase, players can make a come bet, a don’t come bet, a place bet, a place to lose bet, a buy bet, a lay bet, hard way and a field bet. A come bet and don’t come bet are the same as the pass and don’t pass bets in the come out roll phase. A place bet is betting on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. These numbers only win if they come up before the shooter rolls a 7. A place to lose bet is betting against the same numbers. A buy bet is the same as place bets, but they come with better odds. The catch is the casino will charge commission on them if you win. Lay bets are the same as buy bets, except you are betting with the bank, rather than against it. A hard way bet is rolling an even number double such as a double 2. A field bet is betting on the exact total of dice.
When the shooter eventually craps out, he passes the dice to the next player on his left.