Craps is a game that you can see being played in every casino, with a lot of people around the table at all times. But what exactly is craps and how do you play it? Here is how you can learn to play craps.

To begin, you will have to make sure that a black marker on the side of the table shows ‘OFF’. If the marker is white and says ‘ON’ in black lettering, it means that a game is being played and you will have to wait your turn. It is only when the white side is flipped and black side up that you are allowed to put cash on the table and buy chips. The dealer takes your money and gives you an equivalent number of chips.

Passline Betting

Passline bets are made on a line that is directly in front of you. You are essentially betting on the person throwing the dice. Whatever their result is, win or loss is yours as well. You win when the dice reads 7 or 11, and lose when it reads 2,3 or 12. If you roll any other number, a white marker is turned ‘ON’ on the number. The dice is rolled until the same number appears. If the thrower rolls a seven before they roll the next identical number, you win.

Come Bet

It is essentially like betting on the passline, but instead, here, you bet on the second roll of the dice. There is a COME line close to the top of the table, and if you bet on it, and get a 7 or 11 on the second roll of dice, you win.

Don’t Pass line

The don’t pass line is essentially a line that is the opposite of the pass line. This means that if you roll a 2 or 3, you win, but if you roll a 12 you are tied, and you keep your money. If the dealer rolls any other number, you are betting that the seven will come before that number on the next turn.

Place Bets


This is one of the most popular ways to play craps. You place bets on 4,5,6,8 and 10, with a minimum of 6 dollars on six and eight, while betting a minimum of five on the rest of the numbers. It is possible to take down and put up bets at any time. You can win extra as well if you play this way.


You can place your bets on the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12 and win according to the throw of dice. 2 and 12 pay double the amount you bet.