Finding the Craps table at any casino is easy. It's always the rowdiest table around because of the camaraderie between players; for the most part, everyone wins together and loses together. The fast paced nature of the game can be intimidating, but with a bit of guidance, you should be able to nail down the basic rules and start playing the tables online. The following three bets will get you started, but you'll eventually want to broaden your plays.


Pass Bet

Pass line betting is a good way to start learning the game because it's the most basic bet you can make in Craps. Simply choose how much you want to bet, and place the bet on the pass line located near the bottom of the board. Now let the first round begin.

To start things off, you have what is known as the come out roll, and all that's involved is firing the dice. If a 7 or 11 is rolled, the pass line bets win. If you roll a 2, 3 or 12, then that's a loss. If the number rolled is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 (you'll see these numbers illustrated near the top of the board), then the number becomes what is known as the shooter's point. In this event, you'll see a white chip that says "on" get placed on the point number on the board to make it easier to remember. The shooter will then continue to roll the dice, hoping to re-roll the point number because that's a win for all pass line bets. The turn ends when a 7 is rolled.


Don't Pass Bet

The opposite of the pass bet is the don't pass bet. If the come out roll is a 2 or 3, you get paid. A 12 is a push and a 7 and 11 is a loss.

If you've placed a don't pass bet, and the shooter has rolled a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, which becomes the shooter's point – then you're hoping that a 7 is rolled before the point number is re-rolled; this results in a payout for all don't pass bets.


Field Bet

Above the don't pass bar on the board, you'll see the field bar with the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12. You'll also see the words double over the 2, and triple over the 12. If you place your bet on the field bar, then you'll get paid out at 1:1 if 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 is rolled, and you'll be paid double your bet if a 2 is rolled and triple if a 12 is rolled.

These three bets scratch the surface of Craps as there are a few additional bets, such as come bets, don't come bets, and buying odds. Try playing a few practice rounds with the three basic bets to get a feel for the game, and once you feel comfortable, you can begin to branch out and try different bets. Soon enough, you'll be teaching others how to play this exciting table game.