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Despite this game is pretty simple, this game can cause gambler’s concern at first, because there are too many different boxes, markers, mark-ups at the gaming field which mislead them. However, when you read the rules of Craps, you make it clear that this game is pretty simply that doesn't makes it less exciting.

Rules

A single or multiply gamblers can play Craps. The gaming field is at the table with boards where the shooter rolls a couple of dice. In result of every roll the dice make a combination of numbers imaged at the top sides of the dice, which can be from two to twelve.

The game is divided into two rounds:

1. Come Out Roll - the first roll of the round during which number of Point is estimated,
2. Point Roll - all rolls after Come Out Roll.

Before the game begins, the gamblers place their bets - Don’t Pass Line or Pass Line (loss or win of the shooter). Then Come Out Roll begins. The following combinations can be made in result of this roll:

• Craps – the total score is 2, 3 or 12. Pass Line bet loses, but Don’t Pass Line wins 1:1 if the score is 2 or 3 and goes back to the player if it is 12.
• Natural - the total score is 7 or 11. Don't Pass Line loses, but Pass Line wins 1:1.
• Point - the total score is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 12. Herewith, the score is fixed and called Point.

In Point Roll round Don't Pass Line and Pass Line are drawn in the following way: the player rolls the dice until he gets Point or 7. If he hits seven, Pass Line loses, but Don't Pass Line wins 1:1. If he hits Point, he gets an opposite result, that means Don't Pass Line doesn't work, but Pass Line is paid 1:1.

The customer is in right to place additional bets in both rounds of the game. As soon as the draw is over, the game begins from the first round. Don't Pass Line and Pass Line bets are only accepted before the first round begins, while similar bets, such as Don't Come and Come are accepted at any moment except of the first round.

Bets

In the following table you can find types of bets which can be placed during the game:

 Betting Options Description Pass Line The bet on the come-out roll where the shooter has to hit 7 or 11 or repeat Point in the following rolls. Don't Pass The bet on the come-out roll where the shooter has to hit 2, 3 or 12 or don't repeat the Point in the following rolls. Come The bet on any other roll except of come-out where the shooter has to hit 7 or 11 or repeat Point. There is a note: Come can be placed on every following roll as soon as point is estimated. Don't Come The bet on any following roll where the shooter hits 2, 3 or 12 or makes Don't Come Point which won’t be repeated in the following rolls. Odds Additional bets which can be placed on already made Pass, Don't Pass, Come and Don't Come. Win The shooter has to hit the betting number before he hits 7. Lose The shooter has to hit 7 before he hits the betting number. Hardways The shooter has to hit double before it is made in other combination or before he hits 7. Big 6 (Big Six) The shooter needs to hit six before seven. Big 8 (Big Eight) The shooter has to hit eight before seven. The following bets are only drawn during a single round and lose if no combination is made. Field The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Any Seven The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 7. Any Craps The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 2, 3 or 12. Craps Two The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 2. Craps Twelve The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 12. Craps Three The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 3. Eleven The bet on a single roll where the shooter has to hit 11.

Payouts

Lots of the gamblers who play Craps only place Pass Line and Don't Pass Line bets. They are paid 1:1. However, if you place side bet, you can earn more, because payoffs are higher here:

 For bets Pass Line and Come Points Odds Paid 4 or 10 2: 1 5 or 9 3: 2 6 or 8 6: 5 Don't Pass and Don't Come Points Odds Paid 4 or 10 2: 1 5 or 9 2: 3 6 or 8 5: 6

To play Craps, it can be useful to know the terms used in this game:

the shooter or the leading player – the player who throws the dice.

Come out roll – the first roll made by the shooter before Point is estimated or after Point is made. Here you can place Pass Line and hope to win if 7 or 11 rolls. The bet loses if 2, 3 or 12 rolls. However, if 7, 2, 11, 3 or 12 rolls, the shooter rolls again. If any other number rolls, it becomes Point.

Point – the number (4, 9, 10, 5, 6, 8), which the shooter needs to hit to win Pass Line.

Establish Point – any other number except of 7, 11, 2, 3 or 12 rolled in the come-out round.

Make Point – means to repeat established point. If the player repeats Point, Pass Line wins. To make Pass Line lose, it is necessary to hit 7. Other number don't affect the result, so the shooter rolls the dice until he hits Point or seven.

Box Cars – the shooter rolls two sixes.

Craps Out – the shooter rolls 12, 2 or 3 in come-out roll.

Strategy

To establish the optimal strategy for Craps, first of all we need to analyze the bets and value the profits. It can be done if you look through the table below:

 Bet Probability% The average result win loss Pass Line 49.2929 50.7071 -7/495 -1.4141% Don't Pass Line 47.9293 49.2929 -3/220 -1.3636% Come 49.2929 50.7071 -7/495 -1.4141% Don't Come 47.9293 49.2929 -3/220 -1.3636% Pass / Come Odds Bets 4 or 10 33.3333 66.6667 0 0% 5 or 9 40.0000 60.0000 0 0% 6 or 8 45.4545 54.5455 0 0% Don't Pass / Come Odds Bets 4 or 10 66.6667 33.3333 0 0% 5 or 9 60.0000 40.0000 0 0% 6 or 8 54.5455 45.4545 0 0% Win Bets 4 or 10 33.3333 66.6667 -1/15 -6.6667% 5 or 9 40.0000 60.0000 -1/25 -4.0000% 6 or 8 45.4545 54.5455 -1/66 -1.5152% Lose Bets 4 or 10 66.6667 33.3333 -1/15 -6.6667% 5 or 9 60.0000 40.0000 -2/35 -5.7143% 6 or 8 54.5455 45.4545 -1/55 -1.8182% Hardways 2:2 or 5:5 11.1111 88.8889 -1 / 9 -11.1111% 3:3 or 4:4 9.0909 90.9091 -1/11 -9.0909% Big 6 or Big 8 45.4545 54.5455 -1/11 -9.0909% Field Bet 44.4444 55.5556 -1/18 -5.5556% Any Seven 16.6667 83.3333 -1 / 6 -16.6667% Any Craps 11.1111 88.8889 -1 / 9 -11.1111% 1:1 or 6:6 2.7778 97.2222 -5/36 -13.8889% 1:2 or 5:6 5.5556 94.4444 -1 / 9 -11.1111%

If you learn the table carefully, you can see that the most profitable option is Odds Bet. However, you need to remember that you need to place Don't Pass / Come or Pass / Come first to place this bet. That’s why the most acceptable strategy is combination of these bets. You don't need to place other types of bets.

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