The game of craps may seem a bit intimidating to a new player, but it’s actually a simple game with a wide array of more than 100 different bets. With odd payouts between 1 to 1 and 30 to 1, craps is one of the few games in the casino where the house may not have an edge over you on a given bet.
There are 12 possible dice total combinations. Obviously 12 and 2 have only one possible combination, while rolling a seven has the most potential combinations with 6 possibilities. The probability of rolling a number combination is what you make your bets on.
Not all bets on the craps table are created equal. House edge can vary from 0% to as much as 16.67%, depending on the bet you make. The best bets on the craps table are the Pass Line bets (with odds). These bets have no house edge, and can be added on to a Pass Line bet in multiples of your original bet size (up to as much as 100 times in some casinos).
Other bets that offer good odds are the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets. The house has a slim 1.4% edge over these bets. Betting on 6 or 8 is almost as good, giving the house a 1.52% edge. Betting on 6 or 8 only pay 7-to-6, so it might take awhile to make some money – but it’s still your best chance to get ahead.
The bets that you want to stay away from on the craps table include betting on any 7, betting on any craps (2, 3 or 12), any 2 or 12, any 3 or 11, a Big 6 or Big 8, Hardways 6 or 8, and Hardways 4 or 10. All these bets give the house at least a 9% edge and are not the best way to get ahead on the craps table.
The best way to get used to playing craps is simply to try out the game. There are plenty of free games you can play online until you get accustomed to how the game is played.