Module 3 – Beginner Basics

Let the Games Begin…

Craps will begin with the Come Out Roll – the first roll of the round. It will open up the betting round and can only occur when the previous shooter failed to get a point. The dice are thrown across the craps table layout which is divided into three areas: left side, center and right side. Each side area is a mirror image of the opposite side. The table has the following sections that players can bet on:


The Pass Line Bet: Players can place bets on the Pass Line box on the table. This is one of the most popular bets on the table. Beginners should usually start off by making either the pass Line bet or the Don’t Pass bet before they move on to other more complicated one. After the Come-out has been rolled, if the dice add up to 7 or 11, then the Pass Line bets wins. If the Come-Out roll is 2,3 or 12, then the Pass Line bet loses. If any other number is rolled, ie 4,5,6,8,9 and 10, then it becomes the Point number.


What’s the point of The Point?

The Point is the value of the dice roll if the bettor’s wager does not win or lose on the Come Out roll. At this point, the dealer will signal the second phase of the round and will turn the On/off marker to On. The dealer will then place this marker on the Point number rolled; let’s say for example, the 8. The game will now go into the second stage because the shooter will have a new goal – to roll the same number he rolled that was above 8. If the shooter rolls an 8, he will then win the Pass Line bet. If he shoots a 7, he will lose. Once the shooter is finished with the round, the dice are passed in a clock-wise direction and the procedure will start again

Don’t Pass Line Bet: The Don’t Pass Line bet is pretty much the exact opposite of the pass Line bet. If the shooter rolls a 2 or a 3, then the pass Line bets will win even money. The shooter will lose if a 7 or 11 are rolled, and the bet is known as a push when a 12 is rolled. Once the Point has been established, you’ll win if a seven is rolled before the Point is made.

Come Bet: This is similar to the Pass Line bet except that is can’t be made on the Come-out roll. A Come Bet can be made at any point during the shooter’s game. Chips are placed in the Come Box and the next roll of the dice becomes the Come Out roll for the Come bet. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first round, players who made Come bets win and if the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 1, players who made come bets will lose.If any other number is rolled, this will become the Come bet Point, and the bet will be treated similar to that of the point in the Pass/don’t pass bet.

Don’t Come Bet: This is the opposite of the Come bet and is played out similar to the Don’t Pass bet, except that it can be made at any point of the game by placing the chips on the Don’t Come bar. The next roll of dice becomes the Come Out roll for this wager and if a 7 or 11 is thrown, the bet loses. If a 2 or 3 is rolled, however, the bet wins. If the dice rolled is 12, the bet is a tie. All the other rolled numbers become Point numbers and if they are rolled again before rolling a 7, the Don’t Come bet is lost. If a 7 or 11 is rolled before the Point number, the Don’t Come bet wins.

What are the Odds?

The odds bets are strategic bets and they offer some of the best odds in the casino world. They are made as supplementary bets to the Pass, Don’t Pas, Come and Don’t Come bets. In other words, they are an increase in the wager amount of an original bet.

Taking the Odds – These bets are made after the Point is thrown. There is no house edge and odds pay 2:1 on Point 4 and 10, 3 to 2 on a 5 and 9 and 6 to 5 on a 6 and 8.

The odds pay out as per the below:

6:5 if the Point is six or eight

3:2 if the Point is fiver or nine

2:1 if the Point is four or ten

Laying the Odds – this gives player the opportunity to wager on a 7 being rolled before the Point is thrown. This can only be placed after wagers have been taken for the Don’t Pass line. There is no house edge here so the chances of winning are very high.

The odds pay out as per the below:

4 or 1 pays 1:2

5 or 9 pays 2:3

6 or 8 pays 5:6

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These are your most basic bets in Craps in are also great in that they have a very low house advantage, meaning they will reduce your average loss rate if you play with them. It is much easier to make profits when you 0play them than it would be on bets whereas house edge exists. Before you move on to the next module, we recommend you try these bets out in a real game of Craps before you move on to the more advanced bets which can be trickier. Get a feel for the game and put your knowledge to the test. Stop stressing… you’ll do just fine!


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