What is the ‘Point’?
In craps, the ‘point’ is a number rolled by the shooter on the come-out roll, having neither ‘passed’ nor ‘crapped out’. The ‘point’ is also the period of play after the point number has been established. The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and ten can all become the point. Players then roll to match or beat their point until they roll a seven and end their turn.
There are two phases of a craps round – the ‘come out’ and the ‘point’. During the two phases, there are different kinds of bets that can be made by both the shooter (the person rolling the dice) and the other players. The come out is a single roll, made to start the round, on which players can bet ‘pass’ and ‘don’t pass’ against the shooter. The shooter can then make their roll and try to establish the ‘point’. If that come-out roll results in a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, this number becomes the ‘point’. Other dice totals will end the round, and depending on the number there will be won and lost bets to pay out.
The come-out roll then ends, and the ‘point’ phase of the game begins. The shooter then makes a series of rolls until either a seven or the point is rolled. Either of these outcomes ends the round and passes play to the next person. The rolling of the point is usually a win for the shooter on their bet, while the side bets of players can stand for several rolls and might come in repeatedly before the point is reached. In some games, rolls that make the point during the second half of the round will lead to bet raises and higher wagering requirements, and a run of wins on this kind of bet can be very profitable for the player.
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