In casino craps, the players place their bets and the casino bank
"covers" them. In addition to covering every player's bet, the
casino-banked craps game offers many other types of proposition bets. These
bets, along with the basic "pass" and "don't pass" bets, are
explained in the accompanying diagram.
There are four people actively running the game. The boxman, who sits behind the
middle of the table, is the boss. He keeps a constant watch over the game. The
two dealers on each side of him pay off the winners and "rake" in the
losers' chips. Each dealer handles all the players on his side. The table is
divided by the center box of proposition bets and also by the stickman, who
stands on the players' side of the table.
The stickman controls the action of the dice and the pace of the game. After
seeing all bets are down, the stickman pushes a few sets of dice to the shooter.
That players selects a pair of dice and is ready to roll them across the table
so that they hit the wall at the opposite end. If, on the first roll, you make a
7 or 11, you've rolled a "natural" and you win. What you win is the
equivalent amount of chips you have bet on the pass line.
If you roll a 2, 3 or 12 on your first throw, that is called "craps"
and you lose. The dealer picks up your pass-line bet. However, the shooter does
not relinquish the dice. He continues to roll until he "sevens out."
If, on the first roll, you shoot a 4, 5, 6,8, 9 or 10, that is your established
"box point." The object then is to keep rolling the dice until you
make that number again. You lose, however, if you roll a seven before making
your box point.
These are the basic rules of craps.
Our advice is to Play the line and the come, either pass or don't pass. These
are the two best areas to bet, offering the best possible odds to the player. If
you're betting the pass line, always take you full odds in back of your pass
line bet. Some casinos offer double odds or higher; if so, take advantage of
this option. One last piece of advice: increase your bets on wins, do not double
up on losses.