Expert tips for Playing the Odds in Craps

Craps is renowned for its perceived difficulty due to the sheer number of betting options available in this game. In addition, the payout rates differ from one online casino to another, which makes most new players avoid the game instead of learning to play it.

This is unfortunate as if you learn to play the odds correctly, you can lower the house advantage and enjoy high payout rates without having to concern yourself with the complex intricacies of all of the bets available in the game.

Here we'll teach you to play craps like an expert with a few simple, strategic steps.

In a game of craps, start with betting the passline and if you get a 7 or 11 on your come out roll then you'll win and a two, three or twelve will mean you lose. If you roll any other number (ie. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) the point will be established.

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Once the point has been established you will enter the second phase of the game, where you will try to roll the point number again before you roll a seven. You'll keep rolling the dice until you hit either of these numbers. It is during this stage that the odds come into play and you will be given the opportunity to place a bet that carries no house edge.

In betting the odds, you can successfully increase your bet size on trying to roll the point before a seven appears. These wagers pay out as follows:

  • 2:1 if the point is a Four or Ten
  • 3:2 if the point is a Five or Nine
  • 6:5 If the point is a Six or Eight

The above three wagers usually incur betting limits imposed by the house due to the fact that they are so potentially beneficial to players. So don't be surprised if you see the following:

  • 3x betting limit on the Four or Ten point bet
  • 4x on the Five or Nine
  • 5x on the Six or Eight

These multiples are based on the size of your original passline bet. This means that if you bet $10 on the passline and the point is a Ten, you will be permitted to bet $30 on the odds for that number.

Playing in this manner is a great deal of fun because you will not only impress your friends by appearing to be a craps expert, but you'll also be placing wise wagers that ensure a high payout rate, helping you to grow your bankroll.