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FAQ | Playing Online Craps in Pennsylvania

What is the Safest Bet in Craps?

The safest bet in craps is the pass line bet; there are several reasons for this. First, the pass line bet is relatively easy to understand.

Its simplicity is widely embraced by beginners who often struggle with the complexity of most of the other bet types and end up losing lots of money at crap tables.

Secondly, there are many opportunities to win without having to bet repeatedly. Third, the pass bet pays even money (1:1). What this means is that if you bet $20. And lastly, the house edge is only 1.41%. This house edge is not just the lowest of the table games; it is one of the lowest in the whole casino.

Because the house edge ensures that you lose money consistently in the long run while the crap casinos make money at your expense, it is crucial that you play games with the smallest house edges to safeguard your money. No other crap bet provides such relative security for your fund as the pass bet does.

Are Welcome Bonuses Available for Real Money Craps Players?

Yes. Online casino sites often offer welcome bonuses for players who’ve just signed up for an account.

However, players should be aware that a bonus can only be withdrawn after all the wagering requirements have been met. Most casinos have different wagering requirements for their various crap games. Players must confirm if the bonus contributes to the playthrough requirements in order to maximize the bonus offered and increase their chances of withdrawing.

To fulfill the playthrough requirements, some casinos only accept real money bets.

Nonetheless, if the bonus helps with this, it would increase the possibility that the bonus can be withdrawn. This can be confirmed by reading the terms and conditions or the FAQ page.

What is a Come Out Roll?

The come-out roll is the initial roll of the dice at the beginning of a game of craps or the first roll after the previous betting round has ended. While a player executes the come-out roll in brick-and-mortar casinos, the process is computerized in online crap games.

What Does “Come Out Point” Mean in Craps?

The “come-out point” is simply a number that acts as a point during the come bet. The shooter throws a total of 4,5,6,8,9, or 10 during the come-out roll.

Who is a Shooter in Craps?

The player who is rolling the dice during the game is referred to as “the shooter.”

A player who wishes to act as a shooter must initially place a bet on the pass line or don’t pass line to be eligible for the role, and the duty of being the shooter rotates around the table in a clockwise manner. Players should note that while serving as a shooter is one of the most exciting aspects of craps, not everyone can handle the pressure of being a shooter.

In craps, the shooter continues rolling the dice until he loses. But as long as his throwing is 7s and 11s on the come—out rolls, and he is also making point totals instead of 7s during subsequent throws, he gets to keep his job; that is, he continues shooting the dice.

Is There a Correct Way to Shoot Dice in Craps?

When you are playing craps online, there’s no technique involved in throwing dice. Just click on “Roll the Dice” button, and the computer does the rest. That’s it! However, if you are shooting dice in a land-based casino, you should toss the dice, with one hand, to the other side of the table, making sure they hit the crap table first and then bounce against the back wall. By doing this, all participants at the table are assured that the shooter has no control over the outcome.

When you are handling the dice, as a shooter, always handle the dice with one hand and never allow them to leave the table. That is, always keep your hand inside the table. If you want to take a sip of water or shake a friend, make sure you do so before picking up the dice. Once you pick up those dice, the eyes of all players at the table will be on you. For security reasons, this is a standard rule at all casinos.

What are the Types of Craps Bets Available?

Craps bets can be classified into two groups: single roll bets or proposition bets and multi-roll bets. Proposition bets count for only one role from the shooter and expire right away. On the other hand, multi-roll bets take several throws from the shooter before they are completed.

Listed below are the different types of bets in craps

(i) Pass Line and Don’t Pass Bets

(ii) Come and Don’t Come Bets

(iii) Odds Bets

(iv) Place Win Bets

(v) Place Lose Bets

(vi) Buy Bets

(vii) Lay Bets

(viii) Big 6 and Big 8

(ix) Hardway Bets

(x) Field Bets

(xi) Proposition Bets

What is the Pass Line Bet?

The Pass Line, the most popular craps bet, has a house edge of only 1.4%, and it is the simplest but to place. Pass line bets entail betting on the shooter rolling a 7 or 11 before a 2,3 or 12 on the come-out roll. If the value of the dice roll is 7, 11, or 2, the pass bet wins. But if the dice value is 2,3, or 12, it loses. If any other number is rolled, the pass bet remains active on the craps table until the shooter lands the point number again, or a 7.

Pass line bets must be placed before the come-out roll, and it pays even money (1:1) when it wins.

What is the Don’t Pass Line Bet?

This bet goes against the odds and can be played most of the time during a game. In essence, it is the opposite of the Pass Line Bet. don’t pass bets win when the value of the come-out roll is 2 or 3 and lose when it is 7 or 11. If the value is 12, then the bet is pushed, meaning it neither wins nor loses. And just like the pass line bet, it stays on the table if a point is established. Don't pass bets lose if the point is rolled again and wins if a 7 is rolled.

Although the don’t pass bet has an attractive house edge of 1.36%, most players find it to be unappealing because you are essentially betting on other bettors losing.

What is a Come Bet?

Bettors can only make this bet after the Pass Line has been set. However, the rules are just the same as those for a pass-line bet.

If the first roll after you have placed a come bet is a 7 or 11, then you win the bet. You lose if a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled. If any other number is rolled, this will be the point for your come bet. Therefore, if a 5 is rolled, then it becomes your point. Your bet remains in place and wins if a 5 is rolled again but loses if a 7 is rolled.

The come bet pays out even money (1:1) and has a house edge of 1.41%.

What is a Don’t Come Bet?

The don't come bet is the reverse of the come bet. After the point has been established, players wager on the shooter rolling a 2 or 3 before a 7 or 11. If a 7 or 11 comes up, then it loses. Any other number establishes the point for your don't come bet. This point will remain in place until it either wins or loses. It wins if a 7 is rolled and loses if the point is rolled. Don’t come bet pays out even money (1:1) and has a house edge of 1.36%.

What are Odds Bets Craps?

This bet is made as an addition to the Pass and Don’t Pass, Come and Don't Come Bets.

Pass Line odds are set exactly below the player’s original pass line bet. Don’t Pass Odds are set in place at the player’s request. These bets are paid according to the true odds of the dice:

Point or Come and Don’t Come

Number Pass Odds Don’t Pass Line Odds

4 and 10 Pay 2 to 1 1 to 2

5 and 9 Pay 3 to 2 2 to 3

6 and 8 Pay 6 to 5 5 to 6

What are Place Bets?

Place bets can be made after a come-out when a point has been established. Place bets win when a certain number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) comes up before a 7. There are three different payouts and house edges for each dice number gambled on.

Number Chosen Payout House Edge

6 or 8 7:6 1.52%

5or 9 7:5 4%

4 or 10 9:5 6.67%

What are Buy Bets?

A buy bet is similar to a place win in that you are betting on a specific number to be rolled before a 7. The difference is that payouts are higher, but you must pay a 5% commission in exchange. At some casinos, you have to pay this fee when you place your bet, while at others, you only pay it if you win. Again, the payout depends on which number was chosen.

Number Chosen Payout

6 or 8 6:5

5 or 9 3:2

4 or 10 2:1

The buy bet has a house edge of 4.76% or less, depending on if the casino only takes a commission on winning bets.

What are Place to Lose Bets?

Place lose bet is pretty much the opposite of the place win bet. They can both be on the same numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10). But with a place lose, you win if a 7 comes up before your chosen number. The payouts, again, vary according to the number that has been selected.

Number Chosen Payout

6 or 8 4:5

5 or 9 5:8

4 or 10 5:11

What is the House Edge in Craps?

The house edge in craps, just like in other casino games, refers to the mathematical advantage that the craps game and, by extension, the land-based or online casino where you gamble have over you as you play. Because of this, the online casino where you play craps will always get a certain percentage of what you bet over time, while you always lose a certain percentage of what you bet.

The house edge helps the gambling provider cover the cost of running the game, paying the staff, and keeping the casino or club in a good state. For the online gaming providers, it goes towards maintaining servers, software, and other technical components related to playing craps online. Any profit that businesses make from gambling comes from the cash that players put into the game, regardless of whether it is from craps or any other game.

Casinos use the laws of averages to calculate the house edge. In other words, the casino determines a fair house edge using statistics from a specific game. As a result, the casino makes money in the long run. That is, even after players have received their winnings.

Therefore, players should actively look for games with the smallest house edges.

Because craps has a reputation of having some of the best odds of all casino games, it is quite popular among bettors. Also, the game has various betting options. Some bets can be resolved in a single roll of the dice. Others may take several throws.

Players can earn the most money by betting on outcomes that happen the least. Conversely, frequent outcomes yield less money. No craps strategy is guaranteed to succeed because of these technicalities. To increase your chances of winning at craps, experienced players recommend mixing probabilities and adjusting bet sizes.

What are Odds Bets in Crap?

“The Odds” is a one-of-a-kind wager in any casino, let alone craps. This is simply because this bet has no house edge, meaning the odds that they give on this bet are fair and true.

An odds bet is a side wager that is tied to the point. You are betting on the result of a number before 7 is rolled. The player can bet on a variety of outcomes, each with distinct odds. These odds are outlined below:

  • 4 and 10 = 2 to 1
  • 5 and 9 = 3 to 2
  • 6 and 8 = 6 to 5

The most important thing to remember about the odds bet is that you will be restricted in the amount you can wager. The house does this primarily because they don't make money from the bet. It is not a deterrent in the traditional sense, but it does attempt to minimize the action.

Another factor to remember with this bet is that if you are clearing a casino bonus, these wagers will most likely not contribute towards any clearing conditions.

What are the Big 6 and Big 8?

These are straightforward bets and can be placed anytime during a craps game. A big 6 wins if any 6 is thrown before a 7, and a big 8 wins if any 8 is thrown before a 7. The big 6 and big are two of the popular bets. But their attraction has a lot to do with their large numbers and prominence on the craps board, not because they have great odds. The large numbers on the board get a lot of attention, especially from inexperienced players.

The odds of winning on these two bets are 6:5, and the odds of getting paid are 1:1. This results in a fairly large house edge of 9.09%. And since the house edge is the casino’s profit margin, the larger it is, the more money you will lose in the long run. Realistically, there are better bets you can make at the table.

How does a Horn Bet Work in Craps?

The horn bet is made up of different bets put together. When a player bets on the horn, they are betting that the shooter will roll a 2, 3, 11, or 12. In craps, these are the hardest and least likely numbers to roll. Basically, you will win the bet if any of these four numbers show up on the dice. The horn bet is a popular bet that includes snake eye, box cars, yo, and ace-deuce, it is part of the proposition bets.

The chances of winning the horn bet are actually 5:1. But the payout odds are a little more complicated, though. Usually, the house pays 27:4 if the shooter rolls a 2 or 12, and the house pays 3:1 odds if the shooter rolls a 3 or 11. This shows that the odds differ slightly if you were to be on each of these other bets separately. In the end, the house edge is 12.5%, which is not that great, to begin with, even though this seems like a strange bet with a lot of rules.

If you place a $ Horn bet, for example, the money will be split evenly between the four numbers, and the stickman will place four $5 chips on 2, 3, 11, and 12. Unlike any craps bet which wins when any one of the craps numbers is rolled, with the Horn bet, only the number that is rolled wins, the remaining three stakes you've placed will lose in the end.

To demonstrate how the horn bet truly works, let's assume you've placed bets that are evenly divisible by four in place. That is, you have put $20 "around the horn ." This means you have put $5 on each of the numbers 2, 3, 11, and 12 to cover them all. The next time you throw the dice, the number 12 comes up, so you practically win with one of your individual stakes. As the payout for the Horn bet depends on the winning number, and 12 pays 30 to 1, you will get $150 plus your initial $15 stake on 12.

Unfortunately, your bets on the remaining three numbers 2, 3, and 11 will lose in the end, causing you to give up your remaining $15. However, it turns out this is the most profitable option as you will win $15 and lose $15. In this case, your net profit will be $140. If you bet $20 and one of the following numbers is thrown, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10, you will lose your entice $20 stake and leave with nothing.

As a Beginner, Which Bet Should I Go With?

As a beginner, the best bets to start with at the craps table are the Pass and Don't Pass bets. The reason is that they are simple and easy-to-understand bets, and they also have a very low house edge.

Because craps can be a very complicated game with dozens of bets and a lot of activity going on at the table, beginner players should take their time to study and learn the complex bet types. The aim of the game at this stage is to 'keep it simple,' and it does not get any better than the pass and don't pass bets.

One of the unique traits of craps, among other casino games, is that the house edge varies widely from one bet to the other. While the pass bet has one of the best wagers in the casino with its relatively low house edge of 1.41%, there are also bets with massive house edges, such as the 2 or 12 bets and any 7 bet, with a house edge of 13.89% and 16.67% respectively.

By playing the pass bet, a beginner player gets to improve craps wagering deliberately and systematically and avoids reckless play that usually works in favor of the house. To make a pass bet, you place a wager on the line that reads "Pass" on the craps table. On the come-out roll, if the player — also known as the shooter — rollers a 7 or 11, the bet wins. However, if the first roll is a 2, 3, or 12, the bet is lost. Any other number becomes the player's 'point .'If the player hits their point, meaning that they roll that number again before hitting a 7, the pass bet wins. If they hit the 7 first, the pass bet loses.

All winning pass bets pay even money (1 — 1), just like a winning blackjack hand, and the house edge of 1.41% makes it one of the best bets in the casino. The "Don't Pass" bet is similar to the pass bet but works the other way around. Basically, you are betting against the shooter (and most of the participants at the table). There is a little difference to the "Come-out" roll but otherwise, what loses for the player in the "pass" bet wins for them in the "Don't Pass" bet. Like the "Pass" bet, there is a portion of the craps table labeled the "Don't Pass" line. This is where you place your "Don't Pass" bet.

If you roll a 7 or 11, you win, and the don't pass bet loses. On the other hand, if you roll a 2 or 3 on the come-on roll, then your don't pass wins, and you lose. There's a small difference involving the 12 roll. In most casino craps situations, the player loses on the 12, but 'Don't Pass' players push.

If the player rolls any number other than a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12, that number becomes his "point" for the player's Don't Pass bet to win; they must roll a 7 before their rolling "point" again. If they roll this 'point' first, they win, and you lose your "Don't Pass" bet.

What are the Hardest Numbers to Throw in Craps?

When playing craps, the two hardest numbers to roll are 2 and 12. Only one throw of the dice can produce both of these outcomes (1 and 1 = 2, 6 and 6 = 12), and there is a 1:36 chance of rolling a 2 or 12.

What are the Easiest Numbers to Throw in Craps?

The easiest number to throw in a game of craps is "7." The reason is that it has the most possible combinations (six), which makes it the number that has the potential to come up most often. This is why 7 is the magic number in craps. The possible combinations of 7 are as follows: 1 and 6, 6 and 1, 2 and 5, 5 and 2, 3 and 4, and 4 and 3. Following 7 as the easiest number to roll in craps is the 6 and 8 (with 5 possible combinations), then 5 and 9 (4 combinations), 4 and 10 (3 combinations), 3 and 11 (2 combinations), and finally 2 and 12 (2 combinations).

Are There Any Free Craps Games to Play Online?

Yes. Indeed, there are hundreds of gaming sites where players can play craps. While some of these online casinos will allow players to play their favorite game in demo practice mode without an account, others require that you sign up for an account before you are permitted to play for free.

Craps can be played online through various means. There are social networking sites that open up lots of doors for social gaming, websites that offer free casino games, and independent software developers that offer free downloadable game apps.

However, if you want to play for free on licensed and regulated websites, which is the best option for the safety of your personal data, there are some conditions you have to meet. To play for free at these reputable online casinos, you will have to verify that you are 21 years of age or older and that you are physically present within the borders of the state where the casino operates. Obviously, you will also have to create an online account with the casino in order to play for free.

Once you have completed the sign-up process, most of these online casinos will allow you to test different crap variants for free—except live dealer craps games, of course. Most online craps make their games available to their customers via Android and iOS operating systems. If you can't download this software from the Google Store or Apple App Store, you can check the online casino's website for a downloadable app or use their web browser-based app.

What Does ‘Yo’ Mean at the Crap Table?

The number 11 is called “yo” or “yo-leven” at the craps table. This bit is called “yo” because the croupier usually yells “yo-leven” to avoid a mix-up between 11 and the similar-sounding 7.

Basically, the Yo bet is just a name for a wager on the shooter of the dice rolling an 11. Since a dice consists of a 5 and 6, the odds of rolling a yo are equal to that of rolling a 3 (ace deuce). Although rolling an 11 is the second most infrequent number to occur, the player could earn huge winnings and payouts if it does.

The chances of rolling a yo are 1 in 36 (17:1). However, the house pays out odds of 15:1, creating a massive house edge of 11.11%. This high edge is unfavorable since players lose more money and more regularly because the house keeps a larger portion of the profit in the long run. As a result, the eleven bet is typically reserved for players who are “feeling lucky” and want to make a proposition bet. In the short term, the payouts remain attractive at $15 for every $1 wagered.

Is There a Strategy That Gives Players an Edge when You Play Craps Online?

No. craps is an unbeatable game in the long run, according to experts in the field. However, in practice, you can reduce the house edge in craps to minimal proportions that it is almost non-existent. This allows gamblers to enjoy massive winning streaks that would not be possible in another game.