Craps Strategy for Beginners

One of the most intimidating games at casinos is the game of craps. Though it initially seems difficult to understand, there are a few key points that can help beginner players understand the best way to play, and with a little luck come out on top.

Basic Strategy

The most important thing to understand is that the game is all about whether a single bet wins or whether it loses. Any of the side bets in addition to this are extra. The main bet is called the pass line bet; a shooter, or the person rolling, wins money if any combination of 7 or 11 is rolled on the dice. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, they have rolled the "craps" and lose. If any other numbers are rolled, the number rolled is called a "point", and the shooter must now roll that same number, or the same point, a second time before they roll a 7. If they do, the pass line bet pays money; if a 7 is rolled first, the pass line bets lose.


So, when placing a pass line bet, you do so before the shooter rolls. Should they roll the 7 or 11, you win; should they shoot craps, you lose your bet. There are up to 40 different types of betting that can go on at the craps table, so it may be a good idea just to start with these basics. Once you have spent some time watching others bet, sometimes for and sometimes against the shooter, you will be able to pick up some of the intricacies in the game. The odds of making the pass line bets are fairly good as the house has no edge in this endeavor, so it is a good place for newbies to begin.

When you bet against the shooter, it is called the "don't pass" line. For online gaming, it may be appropriate to bet this way, but for live games, rooting against your table may not be the best strategy.