How to Play Craps
Many people never venture near the more complex bets, preferring to stick with the basic Pass Line play. The bet wins if the shooter can go four throws without rolling a seven. The houseedge is 1. The Free Odds bet carries no house edge. The table is based on a random simulation of over 2 billion shooters. Will you be going downtown at all? A special rule is also applied for placement of the button whenever the size of the table shrinks to two players.
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Upon the player's return, they must pay the applicable blind to the pot for the next hand they will participate in. The need for this rule is eliminated in casinos that deal in absent players as described above. Also the rule is for temporary absences only; if a player leaves the table permanently, special rules govern the assigning of blinds and button see next subsection. In some fixed-limit and spread-limit games, especially if three blinds are used, the big blind amount may be less than the normal betting minimum.
Players acting after a sub-minimum blind have the right to call the blind as it is, even though it is less than the amount they would be required to bet, or they may raise the amount needed to bring the current bet up to the normal minimum, called completing the bet. For example, a limit game with a minimum bet on the first round might have blinds of and. Players acting after the blind may either call the , or raise to.
After the bet is raised to , the next raise must be to in accordance with the normal limits. When one or more players pays the small or big blinds for a hand, then after that hand permanently leaves the game by "busting out" in a tournament or simply calling it a night at a public cardroom , an adjustment is required in the positioning of the blinds and the button.
There are three common rule sets to determine this:. In tournaments, the dead button and moving button rules are common replacement players are generally not a part of tournaments.
Online cash games generally use the simplified moving button as other methods are more difficult to codify and can be abused by players constantly entering and leaving.
Casino card rooms where players can come and go can use any of the three rulesets, though moving button is most common. When a player immediately takes the place of a player who leaves, the player may have the option to either pay the blinds in the leaving player's stead, in which case play continues as if the player never left, or to "sit out" until the button has moved past him, and thus the chair is effectively empty for purposes of the blinds.
Many card rooms do not allow new players to sit out as it is highly advantageous for the new player, both to watch one or more hands without obligation to play, and to enter the game in a very "late" position on their first hand they see all other player's actions except the dealer's. For these reasons, new players must often post a "live" big blind to enter regardless of their position at the table.
The normal rules for positioning the blinds do not apply when there are only two players at the table. The player on the button is always due the small blind, and the other player must pay the big blind. The player on the button is therefore the first to act before the flop, but last to act for all remaining betting rounds. A special rule is also applied for placement of the button whenever the size of the table shrinks to two players.
If three or more players are involved in a hand, and at the conclusion of the hand one or more players have busted out such that only two players remain for the next hand, the position of the button may need to be adjusted to begin heads-up play.
The big blind always continues moving, and then the button is positioned accordingly. For example, in a three-handed game, Alice is the button, Dianne is the small blind, and Carol is the big blind. If Alice busts out, the next hand Dianne will be the big blind, and the button will skip past Dianne and move to Carol. On the other hand, if Carol busts out, Alice will be the big blind, Dianne will get the button and will have to pay the small blind for the second hand in a row.
A kill blind is a special blind bet made by a player who triggers the kill in a kill game see below. It is often twice the amount of the big blind or minimum bet known as a full kill , but can be 1. This blind is "live"; the player posting it normally acts last in the opening round after the other blinds, regardless of relative position at the table , and other players must call the amount of the kill blind to play.
As any player can trigger a kill, there is the possibility that the player must post a kill blind when they are already due to pay one of the other blinds. Rules vary on how this is handled. A bring-in is a type of forced bet that occurs after the cards are initially dealt, but before any other action. One player, usually chosen by the value of cards dealt face up on the initial deal, is forced to open the betting by some small amount, after which players act after them in normal rotation.
Because of this random first action, bring-ins are usually used in games with an ante instead of structured blind bets. The bring-in is normally assigned on the first betting round of a stud poker game to the player whose upcards indicate the poorest hand. For example, in traditional high hand stud games and high-low split games, the player showing the lowest card pays the bring-in.
In low hand games, the player with the highest card showing pays the bring-in. The high card by suit order can be used to break ties, but more often the person closest to the dealer in order of rotation pays the bring-in.
In most fixed-limit and some spread-limit games, the bring-in amount is less than the normal betting minimum often half of this minimum. The player forced to pay the bring-in may choose either to pay only what is required in which case it functions similarly to a small blind or to make a normal bet.
Players acting after a sub-minimum bring-in have the right to call the bring-in as it is, even though it is less than the amount they would be required to bet, or they may raise the amount needed to bring the current bet up to the normal minimum, called completing the bet.
For example, a game with a fixed bet on the first round might have a bring-in of. Players acting after the bring-in can either call the , or increase it to , which would count as a normal bet, not a raise. After the bet is completed to , the first raise must be to in accordance with the normal limits. Thanks for being a part of the TripAdvisor travel community!
And place odds, the idea you must play max odds at x is ludicrous. Post 3 is incorrect. Post 2 is correct. Why you would want to play the iron cross is beyond me though. Pass line and two come bets with as much odds as you can afford or passline with odds and place the 6 and 8. Your bankroll should last longer that way. Do this for a few rolls till you are comfortable with this bet while watching the rest of the confusing activity around the table. Do not have more than one pass line and 2 come bets at any one time.
If you win on a come bet make another immediately. Iron cross is always so boring for me personally. Takes a lot of luck but if you really want to get a rush playing, just play the minimum on the line, add the odds bet and play hardways, horns, various odds bets.
It's a suckers bet by odds but you're there to gamble anyways. If you are playing on a min. Will you be going downtown at all? I have been playing for about two years now, but each trip I have to work up my confidence to buy into a game!
It sure can be fun when you get a good group at the table. All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. How does it work? Browse forums All Browse by destination. Save Topic Craps minimum bet. The following table shows two different pay tables I have heard of. Pay Tables A and C were converted from a "for one" to a "to one" basis.
The probabilities are exact. The Fire Bet makes for a challenging math problem. For those of you up to it, here are my probabilities of making 0 to 6 points, with as many significant digits as Excel can handle.
Most people do a random simulation, which is fine. However, it makes for a challenging math problem to get the exact probabilities. Here is a brief overview how I did it:.
In this game the player can not lose a pass bet on the come out roll. If any number other than a 7 is rolled on the come out roll, then it becomes the point. What you are giving up is the sure winner of 11 on the come out roll. To the mathematically challenged, it may seem a good deal, that you are only giving up 1 sure winner for 3 sure losers. Crapless craps does offer free odds of on the 2 and 12, and on the 3 and The following table shows the combined house edge by combining the pass line and the odds:.
You can also make place bets on the 2, 3, 11, and The 2 and 12 pay with a house edge of 7. The 3 and 11 pay with a house edge of 6. There is no don't pass bet in this game. You can also make buy bets. On points of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 the odds are the same as regular craps.
The following table shows the odds on the 2, 3, 11, and One reader claims they only charge the commission on wins in Mississippi but I'll list it both ways. This pair of bets are based on the total of the dice in one throw.
The "Low Dice" bet pays 1 to 1 on totals of 3 to 6 and 5 to 1 on a total of 2. The "High Dice" pays 1 to 1 on totals of 8 to 11 and 5 to 1 on a total of The following return table on the Low Dice bet shows the house edge is 5. The High Dice bet is the opposite so has the same house edge. In some jurisdictions, namely California, dice alone may not determine the outcome of a bet. In the game of "Card Craps" card decks are used each consisting of ranks ace to six in all four suits. Two cards are drawn to simulate the roll of the dice.
If the suits are different the "roll" stands. If the suits are the same, then the roll is ignored for all craps bets. The odds on all craps bets are the same as if dice were used. However, there is an extra bet called the "No Call. The house edge depends on the number of card decks used as shown below. The Showboat in Atlantic City I'm told has a Midway bet in the normal location of the Big 6 and Big 8 on a total of 6 to 8 in the next roll.
A hard 6 or 8 pay 2 to 1, and all other totals of 6 to 8 pay 1 to 1.