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Learn how to play craps in less than four minutes

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In our ongoing gaming series, we’ve given you the rundown on how to play rouletteblackjack and Texas Hold 'Em poker like a pro. In the latest installment, we’re taking on one of the more complex Las Vegas casino table games: craps.

Have you ever walked through the casino and heard a big cheer and seen high fives around a large oval table? If you want to get in on that action, it’s essential to learn the ins and outs of how to play craps. The good news? Craps is one of the only games in the casino where the player is in charge of the action with their own hand. You can literally grab the dice, give it a blow for good luck and roll it on down.

In a single roll of the dice, there are a number of combinations in which a player can wager. There is the main game, known as the “Pass Line” and “Don’t Pass” line, but there are many different combinations where you can try and predict how the dice will land. The video should get you started and able to walk up to your first craps table with enough knowledge to shoot the dice and play to win! Just remember, the dealers at the table are always there to help you, so don’t be shy.

Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind:

  • After the come out roll, a roll of seven is a losing roll on the “Pass Line” (the most common bet in craps). NEVER say the number seven at a craps table!
  • Missed the come out roll? Create your own game by placing a bet on the Come Line. The same rules of the Pass Line apply, only you will be playing outside of the main Pass Line game.
  • If you are the one rolling the dice, make sure the roll is hard enough that it hits the back wall.