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The Basics

This may be surprising to some but the game of craps has some of the very best bets available on the internet. The Pass, Don’t Pass, Come and Don’t Come bets all have a house edge around 1.4 percent, and placing the 6 or 8 has a house advantage of around 1.5 percent.

Craps also has bets with high house edges that can return a lot of money for a little investment. These bets are the proposition bets, such as the Field, the hardways or Any Craps, which have house edges ranging from 4 percent to more then 16 percent.

Playing Tip: With Internet craps being a random game, one where there is no chance of the shooter changing the odds with a controlled roll it is advised to avoid all bets with a house edge greater than 1.5 percent.

How to Play Craps

A game of craps starts with a new shooter getting the dice. Their first rolled is referred to as the “come-out” roll. Should the shooter roll a 7 or 11, those that bet on the Pass Line win even money and those that bet on the Don’t Pass lose. If the roll is a 2, 3 or 12, Pass Line bettors lose and, the Don’t Pass bets win on the 2 or 3 and push on a 12.

If the come-out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, the shooter has made the point. The Pass Line bettors will win when the shooter roles the same number again before rolling a seven. If a seven is rolled before the point the Don’t Pass bettors win.

That’s the game, pure and simple.

The Pass and Don’t Pass bets give the casino an edge of approximately 1.4 percent, however you can reduce this edge by taking advantage of the free odds option. Let’s take a look at how this works. Once the point has been established, you can place an amount equal to or in some cases up to 100 times the amount of your Pass Line bet behind it as an odds bet. This amount will differ from casino to casino, but these bets, when won, pay the true odds of the wager and have no casino edge!

Playing Tip: An advisable approach to playing craps is to place the least amount possible as a Pass or Don’t Pass bet, and then bet the most that you can afford as an odds behind it.

There are two other low-edge bets which are the Come and Don’t Come bets. These bets work the same manner and have exactly the same house edge as the Pass and Don’t Pass bets. The main difference between these bets is that they can only be made after the point has been established. Come and Don’t Come players also have the option of free odds.

The final low-edge bet is the placing of the 6 and/or 8, which can be done at any time but must be in multiples of $6 because these bets pay 7-to-6. The casino edge on place bets is 1.52 percent.

That’s it. You can now confidently play Internet craps.

How Much Money You Need

A lot of players wonder how much money they need for a game of craps. Well it is usually recommended to have 10 times the amount of your total bet for a given craps session. If you are a cautious player and only have a $5 Pass Line bet backed with, $10 (for example) in odds, then you should take $150 with you to the table. If you are a somewhat aggressive player and most of the time you have three numbers working, then you’ll need 10 times the value of all three bets. So if you have $5 on the Pass Line with $10 odds and $12 each on the placing of the 6 and 8, your risking $39 each roll and would need a session stake of $390.

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