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How to Play Craps

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How to Play Craps

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Craps is far and away the most exciting casino game around. With its fast-paced action and numerous bets, it’s the perfect blend of adventure and risk. The goal of Craps is simple: Bet on the numbers that you think a pair of dice will roll. That’s it!

Upon first glance, the traditional Craps layout can look daunting. But after playing for a little while, we think you’ll agree with us that it just might be a perfectly designed game. The clearest way to think of Craps is as having one main bet and numerous side bets.

New Game: Come-Out Roll

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The start of a new game is called the come-out roll. This is indicated by a black puck labeled OFF.

Main Bet: Pass Line

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The main bet is called the Pass Line and runs around the edge of the layout:

During the come-out roll, the Pass Line bet wins if you roll a 7 or 11, and loses if you roll a 2, 3, or 12. Fortunately, there are twice as many ways to win! If any other number is rolled (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), then that number becomes the point.

Dice Roll Pass Line Result During The Come-out Roll
2 Lose
3 Lose
4 Becomes the Point
5 Becomes the Point
6 Becomes the Point
7 Win
8 Becomes the Point
9 Becomes the Point
10 Becomes the Point
11 Win
12 Lose

Once a point has been established, then the come-out roll ends and the puck flips to ON. The object of the game now changes. Your Pass Line bet now wins if you roll the point number before rolling a 7. In contrast, your Pass Line bet loses if you roll a 7 before rolling the point number. Therefore, the only two numbers that affect the Pass Line are the point number and 7. Winning Pass Line bets are paid 1 to 1. When your Pass Line bet is settled, the puck flips back to OFF and we begin a new come-out roll.

Main Bet: Pass Line Odds

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You can complement your Pass Line by making an Odds bet. It wins when your Pass Line bet wins—that is, when the point number rolls before a 7. Importantly, the Odds bet is the best bet in the casino since it has no house advantage!

Once a point is established, a white circle will appear behind your Pass Line bet. This is where you make your Odds bet.

You can wager an amount up to five times your Pass Line bet as Odds. The Odds bet pays according to the point number:

Point Pays
6 & 8 6 to 5
5 & 9 3 to 2
4 & 10 2 to 1

Most Popular Side Bet: Place Bets

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The most popular side bets are called Place bets. A Place bet wins when a number of your choice rolls before a 7, and loses if a 7 rolls first. After a point is established, just put your chips on the numbers of your choice:

A Place bet pays according to the number that it is on:

Number Pays
6 & 8 7 to 6
5 & 9 7 to 5
4 & 10 9 to 5

Winning Bets Stay Up

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Craps is a fast-paced game with numerous bets. Sometimes, you will have a single bet that wins many times. So you probably don’t want to keep dragging the same bet to the layout over and over again. For your convenience, DK Craps has a unique feature called Winning Bets Stay Up. When this setting is toggled on, your winning bets will stay on the layout so you can focus on rolling the dice. Access this feature any time in the Settings menu. You can choose which bets to apply this feature to.

Chip-removal Button

If you feel the dice are about to turn cold, you might want to remove your bets from the table. A few bets, like the Pass Line, are contract bets that cannot be removed until they are resolved. But for most bets, use the Chip-removal button in the bottom-right corner to remove them.

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Help Mode

Click on the question mark in the upper-left corner at any time to access Help Mode. This allows you to click on any betting spot and learn how that bet wins and loses.

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