How to Play Craps Online

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The casino game of Craps has a long history that stretches back centuries and perhaps even longer. Eventually, it became one of the most familiar dice games in any Las Vegas-style casino.

If you've ever found a live Craps table a little intimidating, then playing online might be a great way to get started.

Craps might seem like a complicated game, but it offers plenty of opportunities to win. Allow yourself some time to learn the rules. You should also check out any available tutorials or advice offered by the online casino.

Here are the basics, and how you can get started online.

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Playing Online Craps For Beginners

FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars, and Borgata all offer Craps games at their online casinos. So, before you learn how to play, you should remember to start with a platform you're most comfortable with.

Each new round of Craps betting begins with the come-out roll.

You'll recognize this with a black marker on the screen that says "OFF".

That marker represents the start of a new game.

Come-Out Roll: The Pass Line

During the first roll of any new game in online Craps, you'll be able to place wagers on the Pass Line or Don't Pass. Simply put, you're wagering on whether you'll "pass" or not.

  • Rolling a 7 or 11 in the come-out roll means the Pass Line wager wins.
  • If you roll a 2, 3, or 12, then the Don't Pass Line wins. (Depending on the online casino, rolling a 12 during the come-out roll may represent a Push -- where your bet gets returned.)

At the outset of the come-out roll, other bets may include placing wagers on rolling pairs, seven, or craps (2, 3, or 12). The odds for these wagers should be listed on the table.

The Point round begins if you roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 during the come-out roll.

The Point Roll

The point roll establishes a number — 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The black marker will then read "ON" as it moves to the corresponding number that you rolled. To win the round, you'll need to roll that number again.

However, if you roll a 7 before your point number, then your turn ends.

Keep in mind, that this is how to win your respective Pass Line or Don't Pass wagers. These bets offer the highest Return-to-Player (RTP) odds and lowest house edge, making them the most popular for beginners.

Come Line and Don't Come

Next, the Come Line and Don't Come bets represent the Pass Line for the point round.

Depending on the online casino, you might be limited to what you can bet for Come or Don't Come sections. Odds may pertain to how you bet, as well.

These bets are also the most popular in the game.

Odds Bets

If you are betting the Come line during the point round, then you'll need to roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. Your chips may then move to any of these corresponding numbers if you don't hit your point.

The odds for rolling your point number offer these payouts:

  • 2/1 for a 4 or 10
  • 3/2 for a 5 or 9
  • 6/5 for a 6 or 8.

Conversely, your odds for the point round may alternate depending on how you bet the Pass Line.

You can also bet to Place by laying your chips under the point number of your choice. For these bets, you may receive the following odds:

  • 9/5 for a 4 or 10
  • 7/5 for a 5 or 9
  • 7/6 for a 6 or 8.

Betting the Don't Come line wins if you roll a 2 or 3. And a 12 (Boxcars) represents a push. You may also bet for a number not to place — a Lay bet.

If you make a Don't Come bet and roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 then your bet moves to the number that you rolled.

Any of these aforementioned bets may be placed in between rolls during the point round.

Some online casinos might offer an option to keep your winning bets on the table. (Whenever possible, a "clear" button should also be available to remove your bets from the table.)

Other Bets

Other bets may include Field wagers. You'll win if you roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. A 2 may pay double while a 12 pays triple.

The biggest payouts at 30/1 come from throwing a pair of ones — "Snake Eyes" — or Boxcars. You'll need to time your bets carefully for rolling those or any other doubles.

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Online Craps Resources

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