How to Play Craps
While there are differences in playing a real game of Craps at a real Casino and playing this Java applet version of the game, the concepts remain the same. This game takes into account all the correct odds as well as the correct payoffs. Therefore, when playing this game it is best to imagine yourself in Las Vegas playing with (and hopefully winning) real money! Obviously, when playing in Las Vegas you don't need a Java enabled Web Browser. However, in this game you will require Java Applets to be enabled on your Web Browser.
Your computer, the browser and the applet do most of the work for you. Think of this game as having a very knowledgeable and helpful Craps Table crew. The Stickman informs the applet what to do, when to do it and notifies you when certain actions need to be taken. And the Dealer will keep you covered by making sure you have varying denominations of chips to make bets with and change your bet amount (when necessary) in order for you to get the best house advantage.
Just as in a real Casino, the Dealer and Stickman (the applet in this case) will not tell you WHERE to make bets or HOW MUCH to bet. Rather, the details of taking the fullest advantage of free-odds and calculating the correct payoffs are handled for you. All you need to do is point and click the mouse.
If you see any unfamiliar terms used please see the Glossary of Craps Terms.^ Top of Page
When you first enter the game you will notice a dark green craps table with 3X,4X,5X odds and $1,000 in your Bankroll (Note: these are the default options and can be changed by clicking on the button - see Options below). You will also notice the text "COME OUT ROLL" under the dice. This is displayed whenever a point has not yet been established. Within the Don't Come area you will see a black round object with the words "OFF" inside it: . This also tells you that no number has been established and you are "Coming-Out" on the next roll of the dice.
In this game (in fact, most any game of Craps) the following basic rules apply:
- The Shooter (you) must first make either a Pass Line and/or Don't Pass Bet. Just as in most Casinos, the Shooter must have a Line Bet prior to rolling. Pass bettors are commonly referred to as "right bettors" and Don't Pass bettors are referred to as "wrong bettors". These are not moral judgments, rather simply ways to refer to the type of bettor.
- Come, Don't Come, Place and Lay Bets cannot be made on a Come Out Roll. Bets on the Field, Big 6, Big 8, Hardways and One Roll Bets can be made at anytime regardless of whether or not a point is established and are always working when on the table.
- If a 7 or 11 is rolled, the Pass Line Bet wins and the Don't Pass Bet loses immediately. If a 2, 3, or 12 (craps) is rolled, the Pass Line Bet loses and the Don't Pass Bet wins (except for the 12 roll which is a standoff, since the 12 is barred on the Don't Pass) immediately. Should any of these numbers be rolled on the Come Out Roll, no point is established so the next roll will still be a Come Out Roll.
- If any other number is rolled (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), that number becomes the "Point". Should this point be repeated before a 7 is rolled the Pass Line Bet wins and the Don't Pass Bet loses. Should a 7 be rolled before the point is repeated the Pass Line Bet loses and the Don't Pass Bet wins. Upon a point being made or a seven-out, the next roll will be a Come Out Roll.
Let's now step through a simple example of how to play the game:
- Say it is the Come Out Roll and you want to make a $10 bet on the Pass Line. Start by clicking on a $5 chip in your Bankroll (Chips). You just picked up a $5 chip but have not made a bet yet. You will notice the words "Picked up $5" above and the button bar will look like this under your Bankroll. At this point you could return the bet in your hand (the $5 you just picked up) by clicking on the "Return Chip(s) to Bankroll" button. However, we are NOT going to do that.
- Now click again on a $5 chip in your Bankroll. You will now see the words "Picked up $10" above your Bankroll.
- Now click anywhere within the area labeled "PASS LINE" on the table. You will now see your $10 bet turned horizontally and within the Pass Line area.
- Roll the dice by clicking on the "Roll Dice" button . Assume the number rolled was a 5.
- You now want to take full double odds (free odds, which might be something other than double odds depending on the options you selected) on your bet. To take odds you do not have to click on your Bankroll first, rather simply click on the Pass Line. The applet will subtract $20 from your Bankroll and place a stack of four $5 chips just behind your Pass Line Bet. At this time, you could make other wagers by clicking on your Bankroll then on other bet areas. However, this is a simple example, so we will just stay with our Pass Line Bet with odds.
- Roll the dice again. No other rolled number matters except for a 5 or 7. If the is rolled you win. If a 7 is rolled you lose. For our example, let's assume a 5 is rolled.
- You will notice a stack of two $5 chips (or $10) next to your original $10 bet, plus a $25 chip and a $5 chip ($30) next to your odds bet. Your original bet paid even-money, but your odds bet paid 3 to 2.
- To pick up your winnings, simply click anywhere within the Pass Line area again. The applet will add these amounts to your Bankroll but keep your original bet in the Pass Line area (it is assumed you will want to make the same bet in the same area again). If you want to pick up this bet, click in the Pass Line area once again. If you want to add to the bet repeat the first three steps.
That is all there is to it. Other bets are made in the same manner. For more information on the table layout, how to make bets, taking odds, etc. see Craps Table Layout Information^ Top of Page
For detailed information on how to use the Options screen see Craps Table Layout Information then click on the button from the layout or select the OPTIONS Button.
Basically, this feature allows you (the user) to determine certain game options, such as the Table Color, Initial Bankroll Amount and Free Odds Default to use.^ Top of Page