Craps is one of the most exciting games in a casino. This same energy is translated to the Internet.
In many cases, online casinos offer features that make the online craps experience superior to its live counterpart.
Advantages to playing craps online
There are advantages to playing craps at an online casino as opposed to a live table. The minimum bet at an online craps game is typically just $1. Sometimes it is even lower. Live casinos usually start at $5 but can be as high as $25 during peak hours.
Another big advantage that online craps has is that coins are used at the virtual table. This means smaller bets may be placed that do not win even dollar amounts. At a live game, the house would normally round the dollar to its advantage. At an online casino, the number is paid to the closest penny every time.
Speed is another huge advantage to playing craps online. The dice are rolled as fast or as slow as a player wants. There is a rebet button in the software that will immediately place the last wager back on the felt. Some platforms ask a player if he wants to raise or lower his wager when a place or buy bet wins.
Winning bets are paid instantly without any errors.
A player that needs to take a break can pause an online craps game at any time. He can come back days later and the game will remain in the same place. You do not have to worry about leaving chips on the table.
How to play online craps
A craps game begins with the player choosing between the pass line or the don’t pass.
The pass line is the most common choice for players. This wager wins on a 7 and 11 on the first roll, known as the come out. It loses on a 2, 3 or 12. If the come out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number must come again before a 7. This number is known as the point. If the point hits before a 7 is rolled, the pass line wins even money. If the 7 comes first, the house wins.
The don’t pass is the opposite of the pass line. The don’t pass wins on a 2 or 3 on the come out. It loses on a 7 and 11. A 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 becomes the point. The don’t pass wins if a 7 comes before the point. If the point comes before a 7, the don’t pass loses.
The 12 on the come out roll is a push. That is the house roll. There will be a “Bar 12” on the felt, although some casinos will push on 2 and pay 12 on the don’t. The odds are exactly the same.
The layout shows two bets that are identical to the pass and don’t pass. These are called the come and don’t come. These are side bets on a new number after the point is established. These bets are not available on the come out because new bets are accepted on the pass line and don’t pass.
Players may take odds on the pass line, don’t pass, come and don’t come as soon as the point is established. This is the best bet on the table.
It has no house edge at all. Online casinos will typically have odds of two times. This means that a pass line or come player win bet double the line bet. A pass line or come player always wins more money on odds than he bet because the point is always an underdog.
A don’t player can only bet the same amount as the pass line bettor. This is different from live casinos where the win would be two times the flat bet.
Some online casinos offer higher odds limits. Players may find three, four or even five times odds at online casinos.
Odds payouts in craps
The odds payout for craps depends on the number. The pass line and don’t pass odds are inversed:
Pass line odds
- 4 and 10: 2-1
- 5 and 9: 3-2
- 6 and 8: 6-5
Don’t pass odds
- 4 and 10: 1-2
- 5 and 9: 2-3
- 6 and 8: 5-6
Place bets and buying numbers
There are six numbers right below one of the dealers on a live craps dealer and at the top of the felt at an online casino. The numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. This is where place and buy bets are made. A place and buy is betting on a number hitting before a 7.
The wager can be made at any time but are automatically off on the come out roll except when the player specifically declares the bets working. This can be toggled in the options screen of an online craps game.
Craps place bet odds
- 4 and 10: 9-5
- 5 and 9: 7-5
- 6 and 8: 7-6
Craps buy bet odds
A buy bet offers the same odds as the pass line, which is the true possibility of the bet winning. The only difference between the line odds and a buy is that a player must pay 5 percent when the bet wins.
- 4 and 10: 2-1 less 5%
- 5 and 9: 3-2 less 5%
- 6 and 8: 6-5 less 5%
It is better to buy the 4, 5, 9 and 10 at most online casinos than it is to place them. The odds are better placing the 6 and 8. Live casinos do not usually permit buying the 5, 6, 8 or 9.
Craps lay bets odds
A lay bet is the opposite of a place bet. A bettor is hoping that the seven comes before the number. The odds are the same as the don’t pass odds except that a player pays a 5 percent commission on the win.
- 4 and 10: 1-2 less 5%
- 5 and 9: 2-3 less 5%
- 6 and 8: 5-6 less 5%
The Field is a one roll bet that is between the line bets and the come. A player wins on a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 2 pays double and 12 pays triple at most casinos. Some casinos pay triple on 2 and double on 12.
The odds are exactly the same. Be careful to avoid the Field bet when both the 2 and 12 pay double. That doubles the house edge.
A hop bet is a one roll wager. The bettor chooses the exact number rolled on each die.
Pairs pay 30-1 when hit. Other numbers pay 15-1. Some craps tables will only have a betting area for the 2, 3, 11 and 12. Hop bets may be made on any number if told to the dealer before the roll. Most online craps felts have a place for all hop bets.
The Horn bet is a way of betting the 2, 3, 11 and 12 on the same roll. One-quarter of the bet is placed on each number.
There are four pairs in the center of the table. These are known as “Hard Ways.” The four numbers are 4, 6, 8 and 10.
A Hard Way wins if the number is rolled as a pair before it comes without a pair. A 7 also makes Hard Way bets lose.
Hard Way payouts
- 4 and 10: 7-1
- 6 and 8: 9-1
Big Red is also known as “Any Seven.” It wins when a 7 is rolled on the next roll. All other rolls make it lose. It pays 4-1 when it hits.
This is the worst bet on the craps table. It has a house edge of 20%.
Getting the best value from online craps
Craps has one of the lowest house edges out of all casino games when making the right bets. The best odds are on the pass line, come, don’t pass and don’t come.
The closer you get to the middle of the table, the worse the returns are. The exact center of the felt is where you will find the hop bets, Hard Ways and Big Red. These are the worst bets on the table due to the house edge.
Another way to get the best value is to play within your bankroll. Craps is an extremely high variance game. If you bet small amounts then you will not have to worry about the swings taking you out of action. This increases your chances of winning at craps in the long run.