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In this video we’re going to take a look at the game of craps, because it’s a somewhat complex game, I’m going to break it down into three different parts in this video, which is part one of a three part series. I’M going to tell you how the game is played, which is actually very simple, and then I’m going to explain the two most popular bets you can make, which are pass and don’t pass plus the free odds bet later on. In part, two I’ll explain some of the other bets that can be made and, finally, in part 3 I’ll talk about even more bets, plus I’m going to explain how you can win. So if you’re already to learn about craps, let’s begin The game of craps can look a little intimidating to the average person because of all the various bets you can make.
But actually the game itself is very simple: everyone at the craps table gets a turn to roll the dice, but you don’t have to roll. If you don’t want to, the dice are passed around the table clockwise and if it’s your turn to roll, you simply take two dice and roll them to the opposite end of the table. This is your first roll of the dice, which is also called the come out roll. If you roll 7 or 11, that’s called a natural and you win. Plus you get to roll again. If you roll a 2 3 or 12, those are called craps and you lose, but you still get to roll again.
The only other possible numbers you can roll are 4, 5, 6, 8, nine or ten, and if one of those numbers shows up, then that number becomes your point and a dealer at the table will place a small white puck on that number to let everyone know That number is your point, then the object of the game is to roll that number again before you roll the seven. If a seven shows up before your point number does, then you seven out, which means that you have lost and the dice move on to the next shooter. If your point number shows up before a seven does, then you have made a pass. You then win. Your bet and you get to roll again – and that is all there is to the game of craps.
Now that you know how to play the game, let’s find out about the different kinds of bets you can make two of the best bets you’ll find on the craps table are in the areas marked pass and don’t pass when you bet on the pass line. You’Re betting, that the shooter will win to make a pass line. Bet you put your bet right in front of you on the pass line, Pass line, bets are paid even money and the house edge on a pass line. Bet is 1.41 percent. You can also bet on the don’t pass line, in which case you’re betting, that the shooter will lose to make a don’t pass bet you put your bet in front of you in the don’t pass area. Don’T pass bets are also paid even money and the house edge on them is 1.40 percent.
In reality, the odds are always 1.41 percent against the shooter and in favor of the don’t pass bettor by that same amount. Of course, if you’re a don’t pass, bettor the casinos don’t want to give you a bet where you have an edge, so they have a rule in effect on don’t pass bets where, on the come out roll. If the shooter throws a 12, you don’t win, you don’t lose either. The bet is just considered a push, ( or tie ) and nothing happens in some cases they may make two instead of 12. The number that’s a push, just look on the don’t pass line and you’ll see the word bar and then the number that the casino considers a push. In our illustration, it says bar 12, so in this casino your bet on that don’t pass line will be a push if the come out.
Roll is a 12. This rule is what gives the casino its advantage on don’t pass bets and it doesn’t matter whether the casino bars the two or the 12. The result is the same 1.40 percent advantage for the house all right. Let’S say you put ten dollars on the pass line and you roll the dice.
If you roll, 7 or 11, you win ten dollars and if you roll, 2, 3 or 12, you lose ten dollars. So what happens if you roll any of the other numbers? Well, as I said before, that number becomes your point and you have to roll that number again before you roll a 7 in order to win your pass line bet Once your point is established, the dealer at each of the table will move a marker into the Box that corresponds to your point number to let everyone at the table know what your point is. The marker that’s used has two different sides. One side is black with the word off, and the other side is white with the word on Before any point is established. The marker is kept in the don’t come box with the black side facing up until you roll the point number, and then the dealer turns it over to the white side and moves it inside the box.
That contains your point number. For example, let’s say you come out: roll is a 6. The dealer simply turns the marker over to the white side that says on and places it in the six box. This lets. Everyone know that six is your point and that you will continue to roll the dice, no matter how long it takes until you roll a 6 which will make you a winner or seven, which will make you a loser, Now, keep in mind that once your point Is established, you can’t remove your pass line bet until you either win by throwing your point or lose by rolling a 7. The reason for this is that, on the come out roll the pass line.
Bettor has the advantage, because there are 8 ways to win by rolling a seven or 11 and only four ways to lose by rolling a 2 3 or 12. If a point number is rolled the matter, what number it is they are then more ways to lose. Then, to win and that’s why the bad can’t be removed.
If you were allowed to remove your bed, everyone would just wait for the come out roll. If they didn’t win, they would take their bad back, which would give them a big advantage over the house and, as you know, casinos, don’t like that. So that’s. Why can’t remove your bet, as I mentioned before, the pass line is on the best batch of i, but there is a way to make it even better, because once a point number is established, the casino will allow you to make another bet that will be paid Off at the true odds, this is a very good bet to make, because the casino has no advantage on this bet in this instance. Since your point was 6, the true odds are 6-5 and that’s what your bet will be paid off at six dollars for every five dollars. You bet this is called an odds bet taking the free odds or betting behind the line, And to make this that you simply put your chips directly behind your pass line bet There is a limit to how much you’re allowed to bet, and for many years most Casinos allowed a maximum of two times the amount of your pass line bet.
Nowadays, however, many casinos offer five times odds and some casinos are even allowing up to 100 times odds, because the casino has no advantage on these bets you’re effectively. Lowering the house edge on your total pass line bet by taking advantage of these free odds. Bets, for example, the normal house edge on a pass line.
Bet is 1.41 percent, but if you also make a single odds bet along with your pass line bet, you will lower the house edge on your total pass line bet to .85 percent. If the casino offers double odds, then the edge on your bet is lowered to .61 percent with triple odds. The edge is lowered to .47 percent, and if you were to play in a casino that allowed 10 times odds, the edge would be lowered. Only .18 percent, which means that, statistically speaking over time, that casino would only make 18 cents out of every one hundred dollars.
You bet on that table, As you can see the more the casino allows you to bet behind the line, the more it lowers their edge. So it’s always a good idea to take advantage of this bet by the way free odds bets, unlike regular pass line, bets can be removed or reduced at any time. All right, let’s make our free odds, bet on our point number of six. By putting ten dollars behind the line, then we continue to roll until we either roll a 6 or seven. If a six came up, we would get even money on the pass line.
Bet plus 6-5, on the free odds bet for a total win of twenty two dollars. But if we rolled a 7 we would lose both the pass line bet and the free odds bet for a total loss of twenty dollars. In this example, we used six as our point number, but there are five other numbers that appear, and here are the true odds for all the possible point numbers. The four and 10 are 2-1. The 5 and 9 are 3-2 and the 6 and 8 are 6-5 you’ll notice that the numbers appear in pairs and that’s because each paired combination has the same probability of occurring.
As you can see. There are six ways to make a seven and only five ways to make a six or eight. Therefore, the odds are 6-5. There are six ways to make a seven and only three ways to make a 4 or 10, so the true odds are 6-3, which is the same as 2-1. And finally, there are six ways to make a seven but just four ways to make a five or 9.
So the true odds here are 6-4, which is the same as 3-2. It’S important to remember these numbers because number one. You want to make sure that you’re paid the right amount when you do win and number two. You want to make sure that when you make your odds, bet you make them in amounts that are paid off evenly As an example. If your point is five and you have five dollars on the pass line, you wouldn’t want to bet five dollars behind the line, because at 3-2 odds the casino would have to pay you 7.50, and they don’t deal in change when making the odds bet. On the five or 9, you should always bet in even amounts, and in this situation just mentioned most casinos would allow you to add an extra one dollar, so you would have six dollars out and they could pay you nine dollars.
If you won the only other situation where this occurs is on the six and eight where the payoff is 6-5, so on that instance, you wan na make your bets in multiples of five dollars. We spent all this time talking about pass line, betting. So what about? Don’T pass betting Well, everything applied to pass line.
Betting works pretty much just the opposite for don’t pass betting. If you put five dollars on don’t pass, you would win on the come out roll. If the shooter rolled a two or three, You would tie if the shooter rolled a 12 and you would lose if the shooter rolled a 7 or 11. If any other number comes up, then that becomes the shooters point number and if the rolls a 7 before he rolls that same point number, you will win. If he rolls his point number before he rolls a 7.
You will lose Don’t pass. Bettors are also allowed to make free odds bets to back up their original bets. However, because the odds are in their favor, they must lay odds rather than take odds. This means that if the point is four or 10, the don’t pass, bettor must lay 2-1 or bet ten dollars to win five dollars on five or nine.
You must lay 3-2 or bet six dollars to win four dollars and on the six or eight he must lay 6-5 or bet six dollars to win five dollars by taking advantage of these free odds bets. The casino advantage is slightly lowered on the total. Don’T pass bets to .68 with single odds, .46 percent with double odds, .34 percent, with triple odds and .12 percent with ten times odds, if you want to you, can remove or reduce the amount of your free odds bets at any time To make a free odds. Bet on don’t pass, you should place your odds, bet right next to your original bet and then put a chip on top to connect. The two bets keep in mind that when you make a free odds, bet on don’t pass, the casino will allow you to make your bet based on the payoff, rather than the original amount of your don’t pass bet.
In other words, if the casino offered double odds, the point was six and you had ten dollars on, don’t pass. You would be allowed to bet up to 24 dollars because you would only win twenty dollars, which was double the amount of your original ten dollar bet. Since you have to put out more money than you’ll, be getting back, laying out is not very popular at the craps table and you’ll find that the vast majority of craps players would rather bet with the shooter and take the odds.
Statistically speaking, it makes no difference whether you are laying or taking the odds, because they both have a zero advantage for the house. One last point about don’t pass betting is that once the point is established, the casino will allow you to remove your don’t pass bet. If you want to, but don’t do it, As noted before on the come out roll the pass line, bettor has the advantage, because there are 8 rolls that can win and only four that can lose.
But once the point is established, there are more ways the shooter can lose than win. So at that point the don’t pass bettor has the advantage and it would be foolish to remove your bet. That’S it for part, one of our video on how to play craps. Don’T forget that in part, two I’ll explain about some of the other bets you can make and in part 3 I’ll give you details on even more bets plus I’ll.
Tell you how to win at the game of craps. In the meantime, best wishes for good luck. In the casinos, Don’t forget that you can see more of our educational gaming videos on our YouTube channel just go to youtube.com/americancasinoguide