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How to play Craps for Beginners

Do you want to know what the buzz behind the casino game 'Craps' is all about? If you have absolutely no idea on how to play one of the most exciting dice games ever known to man, read on and you just might get hooked!

When finished you should also check out this Craps strategy page to make sure you even out the odds against the house.

There are four basic things that you need to learn about the game of Craps: the Craps table, the basic rules of the games, the types of bets and the game etiquettes if you are a beginner. Let us tackle all these four elements briefly.

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First, you need to familiarize yourself with the layout of the Craps table. Both ends of that usually green and long Craps table are mirror images of each other. When playing, your bets could be placed on the 'Come', 'Pass Line', 'Field', 'Odds', 'Place' and other types of bets.

Next to them, near the center of the table, the words hardware, any seven and any Craps are written. The entire game is usually supervised by a boxman, dealers or base dealers and a stickman.

Next, you need to know about the basic rules on Craps for beginners. The most basic bet that you can start with is the pass line bet. Basically, the shooter or the person holding the dice starts off a round of Craps with the come out roll which will serve as the basis for the outcome of the rest of this round.

If the come out roll adds up to a total or 11, this will be known as a win. The term Craps is applied when the result is a 2, 3 or a 12. Any other number is known as a point.

Finally, to get the Craps game going, bets are made from all sides. The different types of Craps betting include: a 'come' bet, the opposite of which is a 'don't come' bet, a pass line bet or a don't pass line bet, and also the field, odds and place bets.

These types do not yet include the multi roll bets such as the hard way and easy way, big 8 and big 6, buy and lay bets. The latter terms may be quite difficult to understand from a Craps beginner's point of view, but it helps a lot if you will familiarize yourself with the game lingo before betting real-time.

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Going to an online Casino web site and playing a Craps game will also help beginners when sinking their teeth in the basic rules of the game. Once you finally place those nickels or $5 bets on the Craps table, you can watch your money grow, develop your own betting strategy and in no time at all, you can move on from being a Craps beginner to a hooked Craps expert.

Craps Terminology

Ace-Deuce: Wagering that the next roll will total 3.
After Five, the Field's Alive: Wagering that the next roll will total 5.
Big Red: Placing a bet on Any Seven.
Bones: Dice or Die.
Buffalo: Placing a wager on each of Hardways and Any Seven.
Center Field: Betting that the next roll will total 9.
EasyWay: Numbers 4, 6, 8 or 10 rolled that are not pairs. Opposite of Hardways.
End of the Race: Betting that the next roll will total 7.
Front Line: Pass Line.
Hot Hand: Shooter is hot—connecting with points and numbers.
Long and Strong: Got to hit that backboard if you want it to count.
Outstanding in Your Field: Wagering that the next roll will total 12.
Pair of Aces in the Wrong Places: Number 2.
Quarters: $25 chips.
Six Ace: Wagering that the next roll will be a 7.
Snake Eyes: The number 2 or wagering that the next roll will be a 2.
Up Pops the Devil: Wagering that the next roll will be a 7.
Winner on the Dark Side: Wagering that the next roll will be a 3.
Yo: Number 11.

Craps is an extremely popular Casino game and is offered at every Casino featured here at Gambling Happy, Craps fans may also enjoy other table games such as Baccarat and BlackJack.


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