Well, yes and no. And yes. Also no.
The truth is that nearly even roll of the dice brings with it new and different wagering possibilities; on the other hand, after just a start time playing, the rhythm of the game takes over and desirable bets become instinctively obvious.
It may come as something of a surprise that the most social of all casino games, namely craps, remains successful in the until-now traditional online format in which the player is pretty much left to his own devices. On the other hand, a few rolls on a top-notch online craps game can show you the appeal.
The basics, in bullet-point form (everybody loves bullet points, right?), are as follows.
• Betting begins with the “Come-out Roll,” the first dice roll in a sequence. At this time, you may bet “Pass” or “Don’t Pass.” Pass wins on a roll of 7 or 11, while Don’t Pass wins on a 2 or 3 and pushes on 12.
• Should the dice roller, or “shooter,” hit a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, this number becomes the “point.” The “Pass” bet now becomes a bet that the shooter will duplicate a roll of the point before he/she rolls a 7. If the point is rolled again, the “Pass” bettors collect a win. If the shooter “craps out” with a 7, the “Don’t Pass” bettors win.
After the come-out roll, some bets include:
• The “Come” bet. On this bet, a 7 or 11 roll is a winner; 2, 3, or 12 loses. On all other rolls, the Come bet is moved into another box with the Point and now the player is playing the point number. The “Don’t Come” bet is the reverse in that a 7 must be rolled before the Point for the player to win.
• Single number bets include the opportunity to bet on a roll of 2, 3, 11 (sometimes marked “Yo”) or 12. A “Hi-Lo” bet wins on a roll of 2 or 12. An “Any Craps” or “Three-Way” bet wins on 2, 3 or 12. “Any Seven” pretty much speaks for itself (though its alternative name, “Big Red,” doesn’t exactly); how do you like the archetypical lucky number?
• “The Field” pays if 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 shows on the following roll.
• “On the Hop” requires the player to guess the outcome of each die roll; choose two numbers to make this bet. Wins pay 15/1 to 30/1.
• The “Hard Way” bet is a wager that the shooter will throw double 2s, 3s, 4s or 5s before rolling a 7. The “Easy Way” bets that the shooter will throw a non-doubles roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10 before a 7. Similarly, “Big 6” and “Big 8” wagers say that the shooter rolls a 6 or 8, respectively, prior to another 7.
The game online is the same – minus the social element at most places – as in “real life” casinos, so the same betting strategy applies. To sum up, this is: There aren’t any decent strategies for craps! It’s a game of luck in which the next outcome is a completely independent event from preceding outcomes!
With this in mind, the best bets to make are on Basically, you want to be putting the majority (if not all) bets on Pass/Don’t Pass; Come/Don’t Come; and on 4, 6, 8 and 10. These have the best odds on the table and, though such conservative bets have lower payouts, you’ll win a heck of a lot more often.
Other than this, watch your budget!
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