Craps is a dice rolling game in which players make bets/wagers on the outcome of a single roll or a series of dice rolls, usually a pair of dice. Players may wager money against each other or a whats considered as a bank which is also referred to as playing “casino craps”, “table craps”, or “craps”.
In a casino that offers Craps, players make bets using casino chips and bet on a specially made craps table. Each craps table has what is called a “layout”. A layout is a table cloth made of felt that illustrates the various betting possibilities or scenarios which can vary in bet presence, position, and payout depending on the casino you are playing at.
Proposition bets are an additional group of bets is in the middle of the layout and are used for bets by players from both sides of the table.
Typically, the craps table is run and/or managed by a number of casino employees. The first is called a boxman. The boxman is usually seated behind the casino’s bank and typically is the only seated employee. The boxman manages the chips, supervises the dealers and handles exchanging small chip denominations for larger denominations in order to preserve the chips at a table players, which is also known as “coloring up”.
There are also Base Dealers at the table. Base dealers stand to either side of the boxman. They collect and pay bets to players around their half of the table. The stickman, who stands directly across the table from the boxman is the one responsible for taking and paying the bets in the center of the table and announces the results of each roll The stickman is also the one who moves the dice across the layout with an elongated wooden stick, hence the name “stickman”.
Some smaller casinos have introduced “mini-craps” tables which are operated with only two dealers and in this scenario the responsibilities change between the two employees.
When playing, players take turns rolling two dice and whoever is throwing the dice is referred to as the “shooter”. Players can bet by placing chips directly on the appropriately-marked sections of the layout and bet or wager on any possible outcome of the roll.
While acting as the shooter in a given scenario the player must have a bet on the “Pass” line or the “Don’t Pass” line. These lines are also called the “Win” and “Don’t Win” or “Right” and “Wrong” bets. The game is played in rounds and the aforementioned “Pass” and “Don’t Pass” bets are betting on the outcome of a specific individual round with payouts usually outlined by the casino and/or dealer.
Each round has two phases which are known as the “come-out” and the “point”. To start a round, the shooter makes one or more “come-out” rolls. A come-out roll of the number 2, 3 or 12 is called “craps” or also can be called simply “crapping out”. Anyone betting the Pass line loses the bet. A come-out roll of 7 or 11 is called a “natural” and when that occurs the Pass line wins. The other possible numbers are the point numbers and the point numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. If the shooter rolls one of these numbers on the come-out roll, this establishes the “point” – to “pass” or “win”, the point number must be rolled again before a seven.
There are numerous scenarios, possibilities and outcomes when playing craps and can be a very addicting game of chance. This popularity has motivated us to create a craps app for you to take on the go so you can get familiar with this game for next time you visit the casino.