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  Introduction to Craps

Craps, one of the only games in the casino that revolves around the role of the dice, is one of the most exciting gambling experiences for players and spectators alike. It also gives players better odds of winning than virtually every other game in a casino - with the sole exception of blackjack - and therefore should be one of the first games that a novice or casual gamer should try to learn and master. Because the odds are good, craps isn't often a game that bankrupts its players - so long as they are betting smartly, that is. Because of this fact, many players often find that they can have more fun and make more money at the craps table than at any other spot in the casino.

If you are going to learn craps, the first thing you need to know is the concept of the passline bet. If you are placing a passline bet, you must make your bet before a 'shooter' - ostensibly, just the person rolling the dice - begins what is called the 'come out roll.' If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you win right away and double your bet. If the shooter rolls a 2, a 3 or a 12, you lose your bet.

However, if the shooter rolls any other possible number (e.g. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), that number is established as what craps players call the 'point number.' The shooter then continues to roll until he/she either rolls the point number again or rolls a 7 - whichever comes first. If the shooter rolls the point number before rolling a 7, the bettor wins the passline bet. If the shooter rolls a 7, however, the house wins and the player loses the passline.

A second bet - called the 'odds bet' - can add stakes to a passline bet that reaches a point number. In most cases, casinos allow odds bettors to double the odds of their original passline bet on the point number, which essentially means that the player is betting on the shooter to roll the point number again before rolling a 7. Different point numbers pay out different odds, with a 4 or 10 paying 2 to 1, a 5 or 9 paying 3 to 2 and a 6 or 8 paying 6 to 5.

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