Craps is synonymous with both street games and as the centerpiece of casinos, but is also becoming an increasingly popular choice for online casinos. Envisage any Las Vegas casino and the odds are you’ll picture a long table laid with green felt, with somebody throwing 2 dice down the centre of the board and a rowdy bunch of onlookers cheering and screaming as Lucky 7 comes in. The game you’re picturing is indeed Craps.

The method of playing Craps is incredibly straightforward – players bet on the outcome of the roll of 2 dice, naturally anywhere between a total of 2 (commonly known as “snake eyes”) and 36. However, the betting process for Craps is more complicated than simply betting on just a number, as there are a multitude of variations available.

When considering the likely outcome of the roll of two dice players should make a mental note of all of the possible outcomes. The easiest to remember are 2 and 36 – there is only one way to make each (either a double 1 or double 6). To get 3 the dice can either show 1-2 or 2-1, remembering that the outcome of each individual die must be considered regardless of the other. To get 4 there is 1-3, 2-2 and 3-1 and so on. Seven or “lucky seven” as it is often referred to is the most likely, with a multitude of combinations hitting the favoured number: 1-6, 2-5, 3-4, 4-3, 5-2 and 6-1 all result in a clean 7.

There are many different ways to bet in Craps. If partaking in a Line Bet, the player wins if they hit a 7 or an 11. Although as mentioned the 7 is the most likely number with 6 outcomes, there are only 2 ways to make 11, meaning 9 winning rolls in total out of a possible 36. If a 2, 3 or 12 are rolled (4 possibilities), the bet is an immediate loss. If 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 are rolled, then this number must be rolled again BEFORE a 7 is rolled to win. If a 7 is rolled before the other number appears a second time, the bet is a loss. This bet pays out at even odds. Whilst difficult to grasp at first, the bet becomes second nature to experienced gamers, and is indicative of the kind of betting that occurs in Craps. The outcomes are all mathematically skewered in favour of the house, making it extremely difficult to beat the odds long term.