Craps look confusing at first but the truth is it's a breeze to learn and after just a few minutes playing you'll get comfortable and cheering along with the rest of the table. There are tons of bets you can make but the most important is the Pass Line and it's the best way to get started when you're a beginner in casino craps game.

Betting the Pass Line

When you bet the Pass Line you're hoping the shooter will roll a 7 or 11 on the first roll which is called the come out roll. You can tell when the shooter is coming out because the puck on the table will say Off. If the shooter rolls 7 or 11 on the come out roll all Pass Line bets win even money. If they roll 2, 3 or 12 it's called Craps and all Pass Line bets lose. If the shooter rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 that number becomes the point and the button is turned to On and put on that number.

pass line bets in craps

All the Pass Line bets stand and the shooter has to roll the dice again. Now in order to win the shooter has to roll the point number before they roll 7. If the point number hits all Pass Line bets win and pay even money but if a 7 hits first all Pass Line bets lose. Betting Don't Pass is the opposite at the Pass Line and it's basically like betting on the House.

Odds Bets

When a point number is thrown there's a special wager you can make called the Odds Bet. It's basically a side bet on the shooter rolling the point before the roll a 7 and it's a great bet because there is zero house edge. To take the odds just place your chips right behind your Pass Line bet on the outside of the layout. If the point is rolled before a 7 you win your Pass Line bet and get paid out on the Odds Bet.

Come and Don't Come

The Come Bet is basically the same bet as the Pass Line except you have to make it after the come out roll. So if the shooter's already set the point you can bet on the Come or Don't Come. And the bet works the same way as the Pass and Don't Pass bets.


To make a Come bet just throw your chips right onto the Come bar. If the next roll is a 7 or 11 you win the Come bet. If it's a 2, 3 or 12 you lose. If it's any other number the dealer will move your bet up to the corresponding number on the felt. This is basically the new point number just for your come bet. So, you're hoping it will hit before the shooter rolls a 7. If you bet on the Don't Come bar you're betting on the completely opposite outcome.

Place Bets

A Place bet is another quick bet you can make anytime after the come out roll and it's a bet on a number being rolled before a 7. To make a Place bet just throw your chips towards the dealer and ask hip to place the number of your choice. The dealer will put your chips below your number and if it's rolled before a 7 you win.

The odds and payouts are complicated but just remember: the only number you should never place are 6 and 8. Never bet the Big 6 and 8 because it's the same bet as placing the 6 or 8 but with the worst payout.

Proposition Bets

Proposition bets are one roll wagers you can make at any time. But if you want to get yourself the best chance of winning you should avoid them at all costs. Proposition bets include bets like the Horn, where you want a 2, 3, 11 or 12 on the next roll or the field where you're hoping for a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.


If you bet the hard ways your number has to hit the exact way as shown on the layout. Unlike other wagers, the proposition bets only count for one roll. If you miss your number you lose the bet.

If you are going to Vegas have a look at Craps Guide from

Back to home page