Craps may not quite keep up with the most popular table games, but in many countries this is a widely used game. For a completely new player, the table, which has many different fields, can probably seem a bit overwhelming. Still, you quickly get into the game, and from a purely strategic perspective, most fields basically just seem like distractions.
Since craps doesn’t have any strategies that can give you the edge over the house, it’s all about minimizing the house edge. This is primarily done by learning the game inside out, and then understanding the stakes. Basically, craps is mostly a game of good versus bad bets!
The bad bets
The bad bets in craps include Aces and Boxcars, Big 6 and Big 8, and the Field bet. What all bets have in common is that they give the house a greater advantage than what you risk.
Aces and Boxcars
Aces is a game of 2, while Boxcars is a game of 12. If you win, you get 30 times the bet, but if you don’t get the right result, the entire bet is lost.
Big 6 and Big 8
6 and 8 are the sums that appear most often, apart from 7 of course. Therefore, these can be a good game. Even so, the Big 6 or Big 8 bets are not good for you, simply because they are the same as the Field bets mentioned below, but with worse odds.
The Field effort
The Field bet is a single bet where you bet that the next roll will result in 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Between 3 and 11 you get doubled your bet. For 2 and 12, you get either double or triple, depending on the type of craps a player plays.
The good efforts
Among the good bets, those that minimize the house advantage, we find Pass, Don’t Pass, Come and Don’t Come. These bets give the casino the smallest advantage of all games in the casinos.
In a Pass The Line game, as it is often called, you bet that the dice will roll 7 or 11, since these allow you to win. At the same time, you hope that 2, 3 or 12 will not appear. In the case of the other 6 combinations, the throws will simply continue.
Don’t Pass is simply the opposite game of Pass. This is a game that is played against other players at the table. Then you bet that either 2 or 3 will appear, because then you win. If 7 or 11 appear, you lose. At 12, the result is a draw.