A Craps Guide and Basic Strategies

A Craps Guide and Basic Strategies

BUY BETS

With ‘buy bets,’ you get to choose a number you think will come up before the next 7. But you don’t have to place a pass or come bet first. The casino generally takes a small commission on these bets, so they are not ‘free’ odds.

HARDWAYS

With the ‘hardways’ bet, you can back the 6, 8, 4, or 10 to come up – but they must be doubles, so two 4s, two 3s, and so on. If the shooter rolls either a 7 or your total by an alternative method, you will lose this bet. For example, if you bet on 6, and the shooter throws 4-2 or 5-1, you will lose the bet.

ONE-ROLL BETS

All the bets so far rely on you winning your selection before the shooter throws another number. With one-roll bets, you are guessing the outcome of the next roll of the dice, no matter what stage the game is.

THE FIELD

Place your chips in the ‘Field,’ and you win if the next roll is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. Check with the casino, but you usually get paid even money, except for a 2, which pays 2-1, or a 12, which pays 3-1.

2 or 12

Get 30-1 odds if you select 2 correctly, or 12 if you back that to come in. You lose with all other numbers.

3 OR 11

The same as 2 or 12, but the odds are 15-1 for both these numbers.

ANY 7

It’s the most common two-dice combination, and winning here gets you a 4-1 payout.

ANY CRAPS

A 7-1 payout if the next roll is a 2, 3, or 12.

HOP BETS

Predict what both numbers on the dice will be. Two different numbers is an easy hop and will pay 15-1. Predicting two of the same number (a double) is a hard hop and, so 1-1, or 5-5 and pays 30-1.

Author: Genesis Fleming