The most common dice game you’ll find at casinos is craps. It’s a game where you wager against other players or the house on the outcome of each roll of the dice. Depending on the type of bet you make, the payout could be as much as 30 to 1. To get that payout, you need to understand how the game is played.
When handling dice in casino craps, you must hold and throw the dice with a single hand. When you throw the dice, they must hit the wall on the opposite side of the table. If the dice go off the table, the stickman will inspect them before putting them back into play.
How the Game Moves
Only other shooters (people throwing the dice) can bet on the current shooter. The progression of shooters moves in a clockwise direction around the table.
The Come Out Roll
The first roll of the dice is the come out roll, which begins a new game. A new game starts if the shooter makes his point. A come out roll also happens after the previous shooter fails to make his point or seven out and a new game begins with the new shooter.
Pass or Don’t Pass
As the shooter you will be required to make a pass line or don’t pass line bet on the come out roll. Pass wins with 7 or 11 and loses with 2, 3, or 12. Don’t Pass wins with 2 or 3, loses with 7 or 11 and ties with 12.
If you throw a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 on the come out roll, that’s your point. You continue to roll until you roll your point or a 7. You can bet that you’ll make the point before you roll a 7 or vice versa. If you make your point, you can continue as the shooter. If you roll 7 out, the dice goes to the next shooter.
There are many other types of bets you make in craps (come and don’t come, odds, place, field, proposition), but his is the basic flow and rules of the game. Understanding the best and their percentages against the house would require another article. However, with this you can throw dice and not look like a fool.