Glossary of Craps Bets

The action and the objective of online craps are both pretty straightforward. A shooter tosses a pair of dice down the length of a table – that’s the action. The players surrounding the table predict the result of each roll or alternately of each round by betting on them – that’s the objective. As they say, the devil is in the details, and when it comes to mastering craps those details are the bets.

For such a simple game, craps offers a surprisingly large selection of bets. These bets fall into three basic categories: line bets, single-roll bets and multi-roll bets. Line bets are those bets that revolve around the come out roll and point. Single-roll bets, as their name implies, are bets made on the outcome of a single roll of the dice. Multi-roll bets are more complex bets made on certain “either/or” possibilities.

Single-roll bets are as straightforward as the rest of the game – basically at any time during a round a player other than the shooter may wager on the end value of the next roll. Though they are the most common bets in the game, line bets are the ones that tend to trip new players up. All shooters are limited to line bets, so if youre planning to control the dice at any time in your craps career these bets are especially worth learning. Heres a basic rundown of each.

Pass Line Bet

A pass line bettor wins instantly if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 in the come out roll. Alternately, they lose instantly if the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12. A roll that results in any other value (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) sets the point. To win now, a pass line bettor must hope that the shooter will roll the point again before rolling a 7.

Dont Pass Line Bet

A dont pass line bet is the exact opposite of the pass line bet. This bet wins instantly if the shooter rolls a 2 or 3 in the come out roll, pushes on a 12, and loses instantly if 7 or 11 is rolled. If a point is set, then a dont pass bet pays if the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling the point again.

Come Bet

The come bet is identical to the pass line bet except it starts on the second roll instead of the come out roll.

Dont Come Bet

The dont come bet is the opposite of the come bet in the same way that the dont pass bet is the opposite of the pass bet. It follows all the same rules as the dont pass bet above, but those rules are not in place until the second roll of a round.

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