A Guide to Craps

Casino Edge's guide to playing online craps.

Craps Top Tips

  • Never bet on the big six or big eight. They’re the same as placing those numbers, except they offer worse odds.
  • Play the pass, don’t pass, come, or don’t come bets — they have extremely low house edges.
  • Always take the odds on the pass/come bets because they have an incredible 0% house edge.
  • Looking for consistent but small wins? Try the “safe craps system” described in the “Strategies and Systems Guide”.

Craps is one of gambling’s most distinctive games, and one of its most unusual success stories. So, how did a variation of a British dice game find success in the USA to eventually become one of the biggest and loudest games in the casino world?

Many people unfamiliar with the game may look at an craps table and decide it’s too complex to even begin to understand. Not true! It’s actually quite a simple game to play and master. Our online craps guide will show you how to play, the best bets to make, and, of course, the strategy you need to make your time at the table a profitable one.

In its most basic form, craps is a dice game where two dice are rolled across a table with the goal of making a specific number with the combined values of each die. As you can tell by walking in to almost any given land-based casino, craps is one of the most exciting, adrenaline-fuelled games around, and, while some of this adrenaline is lost online, the game’s appeal definitely translates to the Internet, as well.

There are well over 20 craps bets that can be made. However, the most common bet is the “pass”, which is made by betting with the roller of the dice (or the “shooter”) and hoping that a particular number or combination appears before a seven is rolled. The opposite of this is the “don’t pass”, bet, where you bet with the dealer (usually called the “stickman”). There are many other bets you can place when playing craps online, such as betting that specific numbers and combinations will appear, but, although these bets often have higher payouts, the odds of winning with them are also much higher.

The craps table is very detailed and can look a bit intimidating. With 14 main categories of bets and twice as many labelled sections on the table, no one would be blamed for finding this game confusing at first glance. Adding to the confusion, there’s also a fair amount of terminology used, including a few terms found only in craps.

Originating from an English game called “hazard”, craps was simplified by an American called Bernard de Marigny, who brought it to the thriving New Orleans river boats casinos in the 1800s. The game was given its name by French settlers in New Orleans and was originally called “crapaud”, which is French for toad. No one knows exactly why the earliest players called the game “toad”, but it could have derived from the green felt used on the table or the way the dice bounces off the walls.