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When thinking about strategy in Craps it is important to understand all the different betting options available.
Pass Line and Don't Pass Line Bets
The basic bet in Craps is the Pass Line bet. When the Shooter rolls the Come Out Roll, you win immediately if the numbers of both dice add up to 7 or 11.
You lose the Pass Line bet if the Shooter rolls craps (2, 3 or 12) on the Come Out Roll. Any other number rolled on the Come Out Roll becomes the Point. If the Point is rolled before a 7, you win again. You are essentially betting that the Shooter will win his Point.
The Don't Pass Line bet is the exact opposite of the Pass Line bet. You lose if 7 or 11 is rolled in the Come Out Roll and win if 3 or 12 is rolled. If 2 come up this is a Stand-Off and you neither win nor lose the bet. Any other number rolled becomes the Point and if this comes up again before a 7, you lose – if 7 comes in first you, win.
The Don’t Pass Line is essentially betting against the Shooter – considered in poor taste by some gamblers!
Single Roll Bets
3: wins if Shooter rolls a 3
Craps 2 - wins on a roll of 3 only.
2 or 12 (Hi-Lo): wins if Shooter rolls a 2 or 12
Any Craps: wins if Shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12.
On the Hop: combination bet for two dice on the next roll
Field: wins even money if Shooter rolls 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11; pays double on 12.
Taking the Odds
Sometimes you can take Double Odds or even greater Odds bets. There is no designated place on the Craps table layout for the Odds bet. So to make the bet, simply place your chips behind your Pass Line bet.
The payouts are as follows:
Points 4 and 10 pay 2-to-1
Points 5 and 9 pay 3-to-2
Points 6 and 8 pay 6-to-5
Only when you seven-out will the stickman push the dice to the next player, who will then become the new Shooter.
Pass Line bets are unaffected by any number other than the Point or a 7.
A pass line bet can be made at any time during a Shooter’s roll, even after the Point has been established. However, you should always place your Pass Line bet before a Point has been established so that you can have the opportunity of winning on the Come Out roll when the shooter throws a 7 or an 11.
Winning Craps Strategy
If you want to play aggressively, you can make Come bets on every roll until all the point numbers are covered. This is risky play, but you will have the opportunity to win many bets in a short space of time if the Shooter stays lucky.
A less risky and more solid strategy would be to place two Come bets only alongside the original Pass Line bets. This will give you three winning numbers every roll. When one of the Points is made, you can place another Come bet to keep three individual numbers. It is best to stop betting after three Points have been established. Once a Come bet has won, place another; similarly, once an original Pass Line bet is won, place another. This way you can boost your winnings on a hot streak and keep losses to a minimum.