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Craps Rules

The first roll of the dice in a Craps round is called the "Come Out Roll". We'll help you out with some basic rules and terms here, but if you're looking for the fun slang ("Little Joe from Kokomo!"), we've got craps lingo too. Check it out, it's loads of fun!

Now, the basic opening bet in Craps, which is placed just before the Come Out Roll, is called the "Pass Line Bet." Pass Line Bets are instant winners when the shooter's Come Out Roll is 7 or 11, and lose when the Come Out Roll is 2 (Snake Eyes), 3 (Cross Eyes), or 12 (Box Cars).

If 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 are rolled on the Come Out Roll, that number becomes "The Point". "The Puck" (a small round plastic marker) shows that The Point has been established, and is located on the Craps table over the box for the number rolled as The Point: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10".

To end a round of Craps and resolve Pass Line Bets, the shooter must roll either the Point or 7 after the Come Out Roll. The possibility exists for a Craps round to continue all night, if the shooter fails to roll the Point or a 7 before the sun rises. Pass Line Bets cannot win until the Point is rolled, and cannot lose until a 7 is rolled. Pass Line Bets may not be removed as unresolved, players must wait for a roll of the Point or 7 to determine the outcome of their Pass Line Bets.

The Different Bets
Before the dice are rolled, bets can be placed in various fields of the Craps Table.

Pass Line Bets
A Pass Line Bet is placed in the area labeled "PASS LINE," before the Come Out Roll (i.e. the first roll of the dice in a new Craps round). A wager on the Pass Line wins if the Come Out Roll is 7 or 11, and loses if 2, 3 or 12 is rolled. If 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 are rolled, that number becomes "The Point." To win a Pass Line Bet, the shooter must roll The Point again before rolling a 7. If the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling The Point again, your Pass Line Bet loses. A winning Pass Line Bet pays even money (1 to 1). Once The Point has been established, unresolved Pass Line Bets may not be removed or reduced.

Don't Pass Line Bet
Essentially the reverse of a Pass Line Bet, it's placed on the Craps Table in the "DON'T PASS BAR" area, before the Come Out Roll. If the shooter rolls 2 or 3 on the Come Out Roll, a Dont or a 7. Don't Pass Line Bet is essentially the reverse of a Pass Line Bet, and is placed on the Craps Table in the "DON'T PASS BAR" area, before the Come Out Roll. If the shooter rolls 2 or 3 on the Come Out Roll, a Don't Pass Line Bet wins. However, if the Come Out Roll is 7 or 11, all Don't Pass Line Bets lose. If the Come Out Roll is 12, Don't Pass Line Bets are returned to the player, in a Push. If the Come Out Roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that number becomes The Point. Once The Point has been established, Don't Pass Line Bet wins if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling The Point again. If the shooter rolls The Point again, before rolling a 7, Don't Pass Line Bets lose. A winning Don't Pass Line Bet pays even money (1 to 1). Unlike Pass Line Bets, unresolved Don't Pass Line Bets may be removed or reduced.

Line Odds Bets
Once The Point has been established, a Don't Pass Line Odds Bet is placed by placing your bet anywhere on the "DON'T PASS BAR" area. A winning Don't Pass Line Odds Bet pays true odds: 1 to 2 on a roll of 4 or 10, 2 to 3 on a roll of 5 or 9, and 5 to 6 on a roll of 6 or 8. An unresolved Don't Pass Line Odds Bet may be removed.

Come Odds Bets
Once the Come Point has been established, a Come Odds Bet is placed by placing your bet directly under your Come Bet, within the box that corresponds to the Come Point: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". A winning Come Odds Bet pays true odds: 2 to 1 on a roll of 4 or 10, 3 to 2 on a roll of 5 or 9, and 6 to 5 on a roll of 6 or 8. Unlike the original Come Bet, an unresolved Come Odds Bet may be removed.

Don't Come Odds Bets
Once the Come Point has been established, an Odds Bet is placed on your Don't Come Bet by placing your bet directly under your Don't Come Bet, within the narrow, uppermost bar. This bar is above the box that corresponds to the Come Point: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". A winning Don't Come Odds Bet pays true odds: 1 to 2 on a roll of 4 or 10, 2 to 3 on a roll of 5 or 9, and 5 to 6 on a roll of 6 or 8. An unresolved Don't Come Odds bet may be removed.

Field Bets 
A Field Bet is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. It is placed in the "FIELD" bar area, before any roll of the dice. If the next roll is 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11, the Field Bet wins even money. If 2 is rolled, the Field Bet wins 2 to 1. If 12 is rolled the Field Bet wins 3 to 1. If 5, 6, 7, or 8 is rolled, the Field Bet is lost.

Big 6 and Big 8 Bets
A Big 6 Bet is a bet that 6 will be rolled before 7. Equally, a Big 8 bet is a bet that 8 will be rolled before 7. A Big 6 or a Big 8 bet is placed in either the "6" or "8" box, which is located in the left corner of the craps table. A Big 6 or Big 8 bet wins even money if the shooter rolls a 6 or 8 before rolling 7. Unresolved Big 6 and Big 8 bets may be removed.

Place Bets
There are two types of place bets: 1. A Place Win Bet is a bet that either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will be rolled before a 7. A Place Win Bet is placed in the narrow, unlabeled bar located just under the box with the corresponding number on the Craps Table: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". Winning Place Win Bets are paid according to the following ratios: 7 to 6 on numbers 6 and 8, 7 to 5 on numbers 5 and 9, and 9 to 5 on numbers 4 and 10. 2. A Place Lose Bet is a bet that 7 will be rolled before either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. A Place Lose Bet is placed in the right-hand side of the narrow, unlabeled bar located just above the box with the corresponding number on the craps table: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". Winning Place Lose Bets are paid according to the following ratios: 4 to 5 on numbers 6 and 8, 5 to 8 on numbers 5 and 9, and 5 to 11 on numbers 4 and 10.

Buy Bets
A "Buy Bet" is a bet that either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will be rolled before 7. A Buy Bet is placed in the box (labeled "BUY") corresponding to the number on the Craps Table: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". A commission of 5% is charged on your profit from this bet. Buy Bet winnings are then paid at true odds: 6 to 5 on numbers 6 and 8, 3 to 2 on numbers 5 and 9, and 2 to 1 on numbers 4 and 10.

Lay Bets
A "Lay Bet" is essentially the reverse of a Buy Bet. A Lay Bet is a bet that 7 will be rolled before 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The Lay Bet is placed in the top bar (labeled "LAY") above the box corresponding to the number on the Craps Table: "4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10". Lay Bet winnings are then paid at true odds: 5 to 6 on numbers 6 and 8, 2 to 3 on numbers 5 and 9, and 1 to 2 on numbers 4 and 10. Unresolved Lay Bets may be removed.

Any 7 Bets
An "Any 7 Bet" is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be a 7. It is placed on any roll of the dice, in the "SEVEN" field on the craps table. If 7 is rolled, you win 4 times your bet.

Any Craps Bets
An "Any Craps Bet" is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be 2, 3, or 12. It is placed on any roll of the dice, in the "ANY CRAPS" field on the craps table. If 2, 3, or 12 is rolled, you win 7 times your bet.

Horn Bets
A "Horn Bet" is a bet that the next roll of the dice will be either 2, 3, 11, or 12. It is placed on any roll of the dice, in the box on the craps table containing the two illustrated dice that add up to either 2, 3, 11, or 12. A winning Horn Bet pays 15 to 1 on numbers 3 and 11 and 30 to 1 on numbers 2 and 12.

Hardway Bets
A "Hardway Bet" is a bet that the shooter will roll either a 4, 6, 8, or 10 as doubles (2+2, 3+3, 4+4, or 5+5) before rolling a 7. The Hardway Bet is placed in the box on the Craps Table containing the two illustrated dice corresponding to the number. Rolling a number by doubles is said to be rolling the number "The Hard Way." For example, a roll of 4+4 is called a "Hard 8," while a roll of 5+3 or 6+2 is called an "Easy 8." A winning Hardway Bet pays 7 to 1 on numbers 4 and 10 and 9 to 1 on numbers 6 and 8. If you roll an "Easy" before rolling a "Hard" you lose your bet. Unresolved Hardway Bets may be removed.

Whew! So there are the basics. Now for some fun stuff...craps lingo!

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