Shooting Craps

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Shooting craps is a popular pastime that is enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. You can find craps games at casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, or you can get involved with shooting craps against friends in your own home. If you want, you can even begin shooting craps online through a variety of different websites.

The term "shooting craps" encompasses two parts of the game. The first part is the actual throwing of the dice. With craps, two dice are used, each with six sides. The person throwing the dice is called the shooter. The shooter throws the dice against the back of a craps table, called the backboard. The dice are supposed to hit the backboard to ensure true randomization for any throw. The shooter keeps on shooting craps until he craps out by rolling a seven.

The other part of shooting craps does not have anything to do with throwing the dice but with betting. Shooting craps is essentially playing the game by betting on the outcome of a throw. There are a total of 36 different combinations that two six-sided die can roll. A player can bet on any one of the combinations at pretty much any time in the game.

The Basic Rules to Shooting Craps

The idea of craps is to roll a certain number, called the point, before rolling a seven. At any time a seven is rolled, the game is over. The first roll of the game is called the come out roll and this is the roll that determines the point. If a two, three, seven, 11 or 12 is rolled on the come out roll, the game is over. If a point is established on a come out roll the game continues until the shooter either rolls the point or a seven. The point can be a four, five, six, eight, nine or 10 and if hit before a seven, the game is over.

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