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Craps is considered the fastest game in the casino, and for many, it’s the most thrilling. It’s a dice game that’s played on a specially-designed table where players place their bets based on what they believe the outcome of the next roll of the dice will be.

Check the complete guide on How to play Craps.


The Object of the Game

Craps is a game of chance, that requires no skill or strategy to play. The goal is to correctly predict the outcome of the roll of the two dice. Players place bets on what dice combination they think will appear each time the dice is rolled.

How to Play craps in 5 easy steps

  • A list of one dollar sign; two dollar signs & three dollar signs with check boxes beside each.

    Start with a game plan. It’s easy to get swept away in all the excitement of craps. Make sure you set a budget and stick to it.

  • Three craps tables beside each other .

    Select your table. Different tables have different betting limits and different casinos allow different betting amounts when placing odds. Find one that fits your comfort level.

  • A hand holding out a bill with a chip underneath.

    Buy chips. Place your cash on the table and signal to a dealer that you would like to exchange your money.

  • A hand placing a stack of chips on a craps table.

    Place your bets. If you’re not sure how to bet, ask any of the crew. They can answer your questions.

  • A person at a craps table throwing dice.

    Have fun! Craps is fast-paced and exciting. It’s never boring, whether you’re betting on another player’s roll, or it’s your turn to be the shooter.

1. Start with a game plan

Un symbole de dollar.

Set a budget

A busy craps table at the casino can be a fun and exciting place to be. But craps is still a form of gambling and over time, the house always wins. Set a budget and stick to it so you don’t lose more than you can afford.

Une carte de crédit est traversée par une ligne.

Don’t bring credit cards

Make sure you don’t spend more than you intend to. Use cash only and leave your cards at home.

Un crochet est apposé sur un trophée.

Set a win limit

Being up and then losing it all takes the fun out of the game. Decide in advance when it’s time to walk away, even if you’re on a winning streak, by setting a win limit.

2. Select your table

Every craps table layout is exactly same, but betting limits and dollar amounts can vary between tables and casinos. Make sure you choose a table that fits within your budget. If you’re new to the game, you might want to select a quieter table where it might be easier to follow along.

3. Buying chips

You can exchange your money for chips directly at the craps table. Simply put your cash on the table and let one of the crew know you would like chips. Be sure to do so after the current shooter rolls and while the dice are in front of the boxperson, so you don’t disrupt the game. A dealer will then put your chips on the table for you to collect and store in the built-in rack along the edge of the table in front of you.

4. Place your bets

Placing wagers in craps is done directly on the craps table. Players are only allowed to place chips on the bets right in front of them: the pass line, and don’t pass bets, plus the come, don’t come, field and Big 6/8. Any bet in the numbered squares requires assistance from the crew. Winning bets are paid out. Losing bets are collected.

Players can choose from more than 10 types of wagers with varying combinations but many of them lean heavily in favour of the house – more so than in many other casino games. If you’re just starting out, here’s a breakdown of some of the more popular bets in craps.

See Popular Craps Bet

A stack of chips on a craps table with the word “Come”


The bets with the lowest house edge are the pass line bets, come bets, place bets and odds bets.

5. Have fun!

Whether you stick to the most popular craps bets, or try something more advanced, make sure to play for the fun of the game above all else. With a chance to roll the outcome for the whole table, craps can be an incredibly exciting and social game of chance.

Playing A Round

Une pile de jetons sur une table de Craps est placée derrière la ligne Pass.

Placing Pass Line bets

Before the shooter rolls the dice, players place their bets on the outcome of the first roll. Players can choose to bet with the shooter by making a Pass line bet or against the shooter by making a Don’t Pass Line bet.

A puck on a craps table with the word OFF facing up.

The come-out roll

The very first roll at the beginning of a game is called the come-out roll. Before this occurs, the puck is in the “off” position. Players who bet with the shooter, also known as Pass Line bets, win if the outcome is 7 or 11. On the contrary, they lose if the outcome is 2, 3 or 12. In this case, players who bet against the shooter (i.e. Don’t Pass Line bets) win.

A puck on a craps table with the word ON facing up.

Establishing the point

If the come-out roll is any other number than those mentioned above, (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), then no one wins or loses. Instead, the number becomes the shooter’s point, which is marked by the puck which is placed over the point number in the “on” position, and the game continues.

Two dice on a craps table showing 3 and 4.

The good times keep rolling

The shooter continues to roll until the outcome is 7 or he makes his point. If 7 appears before a point is established, players betting with the shooter lose; if the point appears first, the players betting with the shooter win. Upon either outcome, bets are paid out and collected. The shooter keeps rolling until they roll a 7, or “seven out” at which time, the dice move to the next player and the round begins again.


People who like craps, like it a lot. This is why this popular game has developed a few equally fast-paced variations with innovative betting options and nuances.

Learn more about craps variations