Craps For Beginners – 3 Easy Tips to Get You Started
Although it can seem overwhelming at first, craps is actually a pretty easy casino game to learn. No need to be daunted by the multitude of bets available on the craps table when you are starting out, your main focus is going to be on just a few common types of bets. If you've never played the game before, I highly recommend picking up a basic "rules of craps" book or DVD (It does not matter which one you select, the point is just to learn the fundamentals). You can find several cheap options at Amazon or even rent one from Netflix. Once you have a general idea of ??how the game is played, read on.
The most common and easiest bet to make in craps is the Pass Line bet. This can be made before the come-out roll or anytime before the point has been established.
Tip # 1 Always bet on the Pass Line (and NEVER on the Do not Pass Line). Although it's a simple bet, it is easy to track and the odds are favorable to the bettor.
Once you've placed a Pass Line bet, you have the option to take "Odds" (usually 2X-10X, depending on the casino).
Tip # 2 Take the Odds every time! Taking the Odds on a Pass Line bet lets the bettor enjoy one of the lowest house advantages in all of the casino. I recommend betting at least 5 times your Pass Line bet on the Odds.
Once you've become familiar with these two types of bets, you may become tempted by all those bets in the center of the table (called Horn Bets). With payouts reaching 30: 1 they can seem very appealing to the casual player.
Tip # 3 Avoid the Horn Bets every time! Getting paid 30: 1 just for rolling a pair of sixes sounds like a great deal, right? Not really. The odds of two sixes being thrown on any given roll are 36: 1, giving the house an instant advantage (and a big one at that). The same strategy applies for the rest of the horn bets: Leave them alone.
Knowing the types of bets to make (and the types to steer clear of) will put you well on your way to an enjoyable experience at the craps table. Practice these simple strategies and you will quickly see how powerful they are really. Remember, craps is an easy game that is made to seem complicated & confusing by the multitude of betting options available. Keep it simple and you're sure to have more fun!