Craps is a game of rounds/rolls. It has rather complicated rules but to play it you really only need to learn the Pass Line bet; after that you can learn more bets as you keep playing. The first roll of the dice is called the come-out roll. A player keeps control of the dice until he loses a roll.
A legal roll needs to hit the opposite side of the table and rebound. Sometimes the outcome of a round will be determined on the come-out roll. In particular a 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 on the come-out roll immediately end a round. If any other total is rolled a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 that number is called the point. The dealer will place a white puck on an area of the table to designate what the point is, in case you forget. If a point is rolled the dice will be rolled continuously until the same point is rolled again or a 7. The pass line is the most known bet in craps. The pass line pays even money if you win.
If you bet on the pass line area on a come-out-roll and it is a 7 or 11 you win. If the come-out-roll is a 2, 3 or 12 you lose. If any point is rolled on the come-out-roll if the point is rolled again before a 7 you win, if a 7 comes before the point you lose. You could call this bet the opposite of the pass line bet. If the come-out roll is a 2 or 3 then you win, a 7 or 11 you lose. A 12 is a push. Otherwise than this you keep rolling the dice until either the point or a 7 is rolled. If the 7 comes before the point you win. If you win this bet most other players will be losing betting on other numbers. A Come bet can only be placed after a come-out roll of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 meaning a point has been established. This bet is similar to the pass line bet. You lose if the next roll is a 2, 3 or 12, and you win if the next roll is a 7 or 11. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled, the come bet stays on the table. If the initial roll is matched before a 7 is thrown the bet is a winner. If a 7 is thrown before the initial come bet roll is matched the bet is a loser. Similar to the don't pass bet, but is made on a non come-out roll. Crap out - Rolling a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out roll.
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