How to Play Craps

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Craps Table

Aces Up is the number one source for casino party entertainment! Along with poker, roulette, and blackjack, we also offer the center of casino action: craps or “dice.” Craps may look like an intimidating game to play if you’re a beginner, but our professional dealers can help you and your friends learn everything from the basic bets to advanced betting tactics. Before your first game, here are some instructions on how to play craps and some good bets you can make to start.

Facts About Craps

Craps was actually called “Hazard” in the 17th and 18th centuries and was played extensively all over Europe (France, in particular.) It developed the name “craps” from “crapaud,” which is French for “toad.” Craps traveled across the Atlantic and was enjoyed on Mississippi riverboats during the mid-1800s. While the odds may have increased, the rules of craps haven’t changed all that much through the last hundred years! Craps is also one of the best bets in the casino, with the house edge a mere 1.41%. It is important to make the correct bets, however.

How to Play

At the start of each round, a player will be given two dice and becomes the shooter. Everyone at the table bets on the same dice roll, whether they are the shooter or not. The first roll of a round is called a “Come-Out” roll. The basic bet is the Pass Line bet and it pays 1:1 (bet $1, win $1.) After all bets, the shooter rolls the Come-Out Roll. On 7 or 11, you win. 2, 3, or 12 (known as “craps”) you lose. Any other number becomes what is called the “point.” If a Point is rolled on the Come-Out roll, the dealer will place a puck on that number designating it for the next roll, a “bonus round” of sorts. In this “bonus round”, if the Point is rolled again, you win. If a 7 is rolled, you lose. Any other number continues the bonus round.

It’s important to note that on the come-out roll seven makes you win, but in the “bonus round” seven makes you lose. When a seven comes up before the Point causing you to lose, it’s called “seven-ing out,” and the dice pass to the next shooter (clockwise around the table.)

There are many ways to make bets on the craps table. If you’re interested in learning during your next party, hire Aces Up! We can help make any celebration memorable and fun for everyone! Contact us and request which games you want to show up to your next event.

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