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Hello and welcome to my craps lesson page!
My name is Glenn Howard. I have been a Craps (dice) dealer in Las Vegas for 40 years. I am now working on day shift at Harrah's in Las Vegas on the strip. I teach people how to play Craps every day at work. I've also seen countless money management systems used to beat the game but have never seen one that was flawless. Everyone that learns the game can create a strategy of their own.

Pass Line Odds on Pass Line
Come Bets Odds on Come Bets
Don't Pass Line
Place Bets
Field Bets
Proposition Bets


dicePASS LINE: An even money bet (bet $1 and get paid $1). You win if the first roll is a 7 or 11, and lose if the roll is 2, 3, or 12 (craps). If the first roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, this is considered the point; the point must be thrown again before a 7, or you lose. If the point is repeated, then you win on the pass line.

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diceODDS ON PASS LINE: After the point has been established. you can increase your line bet by taking odds. What this means is you can bet additional money that the shooter is going to make his point. This bet is placed directly behind the original line bet. Each point pays different odds. If you were to take the odds on a point of 4 or 10, you would get paid 2 to 1 for your bet (bet $1 and get paid $2). If the point were 5 or 9, you would get paid 3 to 2 for your bet (bet $2 and get paid $3). If the point were 6 or 8, you would get paid 6 to 5 for your bet (bet $5 and get paid $6). When you take the odds, you will always get paid more than you bet based on what the odds are of making that point before a 7.

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diceCOME BETS: An even money bet with the same rules as a pass line bet. The only difference between the two is you make a come bet after the point on the pass line has been determined. After you make a come bet, the first roll of the dice will establish the come point, or if a 7 or 11 rolls, it is an automatic winner. Remember 2, 3, or 12 loses on the first roll.

diceODDS ON COME BETS: You can take odds on come bets exactly the way you can take them on line bets. The only difference being you give your money for the odds to the dealer and he will place it on the come point for you.

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diceDON'T PASS LINE: This bet is the same as the pass line, only in reverse. If the first roll of the dice is a 7 or 11, you lose. If it is a 2 or 3, you win, and if the roll is a 12, it is a push (you neither win or lose). If the first roll is a point, a 7 must be rolled before that point is repeated in order to win. If the point is repeated before the 7, the don't pass line loses. The odds are reversed in the don't pass. This means you lay the odds to the house. This is because the odds are in your favor to win. See the table below.

diceDON'T COME BETS: This bet is the same as the come bets only in reverse also. It's rules are the same as those that apply to the don't pass line pass line, only the dealer places your money behind the come point as it is rolled. Remember when you win on the come you lose on the don't come.

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dicePLACE BETS: After a point has been established you can then make a place bet in the following manner. If you feel that before the next 7 is rolled that there will be a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 rolled you may place a bet on any or all of those numbers by telling the dealer you want to place that number. He will take your money and put it on the number you want to place. Place bets pay different odds depending on the number you place: 4 and 10 pay 9 to 5 (bet $5 and get paid $9), 5 and 9 pay 7 to 5 (bet $5 and get paid $7), 6 and 8 pay 7 to 6 (bet $6 and get paid $7). You have the option to call a place bet off anytime you want to.

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diceFIELD BETS: This is also an even money bet if after you bet your money in the field the next roll of the dice is a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11. If the roll is a 2, you get paid double (bet $1 and get paid $2). If you roll a 12, you get paid triple (bet $1 get paid $3). Some casinos only pay double on 12. If the roll is a 5, 6, 7, or 8 on the next roll after the field bet is made, you lose. The field bet is good for ONE ROLL ONLY win or lose.

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dicePROPOSITION BETS: The proposition bets are located in the center area of the table. These bets can be made on any roll of the dice. Proposition bets are as follows: ANY CRAPS - If 2, 3 or 12 rolls it pays 8 for 1. ANY SEVEN - If a 7 is rolled you get paid 5 for 1. ELEVEN - If 11 rolls you get paid l6 for 1 (some casinos 15 for 1). A 1 and a 2 is (ACE DEUCE) - If a 3 is rolled you get paid the same as ELEVEN, 16 for 1 (some casinos 15 for 1). 2 (ACES) or 12 (BOXCARS) can also be bet, they pay 31 for 1 (some casinos 30 for 1). HORN BETS are a 4 unit bet that puts a check or chip on each 2, 3, 11, and 12. HARDWAYS are made if 4, 6, 8, or 10 are rolled as a pair (2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5). The only way you can lose a hardway bet is if the number is rolled any other way than with two matching numbers (a pair) or if a 7 is rolled. Hard 4 and 10 pay 8 For 1, and Hard 6 and 8 pay 10 for 1. All bets are for one roll only except for the HARDWAYS.

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Written by
Glenn Howard
Last update was August 23 2015

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