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Craps – Casino Game Explained

By Benjamin Duval

Ask your everyday craps player where the name “craps” actually comes from and they might tell you that it is what you would probably say if you have a losing bet. However, the term “craps” actually comes from the French word for toad, “crapaud.”

Craps is a game that is played with 2 dice and – in a casino at least – against the house, which covers all bets placed on the table. House rules vary depending on where you go, but the basic rules are the same. Bets are placed on the craps table and the house pays winnings at various odds depending on what bet was placed.

Players are able to bet on a winning roll “pass line” or a losing roll “don’t pass line”. If a player rolls a 7 or an 11 on the initial roll, all “pass line” bets win. However if “craps” is thrown (that is a 2, 3 or a 12), then all of those “pass line” bets are losers. “Don’t pass line” bets have the effect of reversing the fortunes of the above sets of numbers, except for the number “12″, which is generally declared a tie to maintain the house’s advantage.

If the throwing player does not throw one of the above numbers, then they must have thrown a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. This numbers would then be classed as “on” and a button placed on the corresponding number. The thrower continues throwing, hoping to re-roll the same number before they roll a 7. If they do this, all “pass-line” bets win, if not they lose. As above, “don’t pass line” bets do the opposite here again.

More and more people have taken to playing online craps in recent years, although it doesn’t offer the same type of fun available at a craps table when everyone can win at the same time. However, the popularity of online craps is always growing because of its relatively easy playability. Let’s just hope they don’t have to look into the snake eyes too much.

Enjoy a craps tournament online.

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