Craps Tutorial

Written by Jacey Harmon
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A craps tutorial will include important information on the game of craps: betting, shooting, and winning. A basic craps tutorial is all that is required for a beginning player. The rest of their knowledge will come through actual play.

As any good craps tutorial will tell you, the basic idea is to avoid rolling a seven. The player who is rolling the dice is called the shooter. The shooter starts each game by rolling what is called the come out roll. On this roll, the shooter is trying to establish a point. The point is the number that the shooter wants to roll before rolling a seven. Once a seven is rolled, the game is over.

Betting is the most important and complicated part of craps and should be a major focus of any craps tutorial program. By knowing each number's probability, you can avoid bets that have a higher chance of losing. To calculate the probability of a specific number being rolled, divide the total available combinations by thirty six. For example two has only one combination, two ones, with a probability of 2.78 percent. The seven has the most, a total of six combinations, with a probability of 16.67 percent. The high probability of the seven is one reason why the house has a built-in advantage.

Craps Tutorial on House Edge and Payouts

The house also gains its edge on how each bet pays. If you bet $10 you would expect to get your original $10 plus another $10, but, in general, if you bet $10, you will get your original $10 plus only $9. The house edge is determined by a variety of factors that are different for each bet. To keep this craps tutorial simple, the complexities will be left to the pros.

The lowest house advantage bets are the odds bets. These bets pay even money and often carry a house advantage less than one percent. To play the odds bet, you must play a pass line bet before the come out roll. The next lowest house edge bets are the pass line, come and don't pass line. The highest house advantage bet is the seven bet with a strong 16.6 percent house advantage.

Each bet has a different payout that is a factor in determining the house advantage. In the world of payouts, the worst bets have the best payouts. For example, if you bet on the craps 12 bet, and a 12 is rolled on the very next roll, you will win $30 for every $1 bet. The high payout may entice a player but keep in mind, the probability of a 12 rolling is 2.7 percent with a house edge of 13.8 percent. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is: the lower the payout, the better the bet for you.

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