Ask the Dealer: How to Bet in Craps

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Craps is a fast-moving, exciting game—players all around the table cheer and clap for each other. It’s a game in which you can bet and win when others are rolling the dice. As long as someone is throwing the dice, the shooter isn’t losing. So, you probably aren’t either!
Learn all about one of the most exciting games on the casino floor—craps. In this installment of Ask the Dealer, our dealers answer your questions about the way to play casino games and give their inside strategy tips on how to win.

How to Bet in Craps

Betting in craps is not as complex as it looks. You can make basic bets or obscure ones that pay out big.
Let’s explain the simple, safer bets for starters.

  • The Field: This is the long polygon field right below the “Come” box. The numbers 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 are displayed between 2 and 12, both printed inside a circle. By putting a chip on the field, you are betting that whoever is rolling the dice, will roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Bets on these numbers pay out 1:1. If the shooter rolls a 2 or a 12, a winning bet pays 2:1.
  • The Pass Line: Betting on the Pass Line is another popular way to play where you are essentially playing against the house. Pass Line numbers are displayed as 4, 5, six, 8, nine and 10. You can only bet on these numbers if the round, black button sitting on the table displays ON. The shooter rolls the dice when the button is ON. You can bet and win if the shooter rolls any of these numbers. Rolling a 7 loses and you lose your bet. The next person at the table will become the new shooter.

What Does “Come” Mean in Craps?

A “come” is a bet made by a player after the point is established. By placing a wager in the “come,” that wager will travel to the box number which is rolled next.
To win a “come bet,” the number that the wager traveled to must roll a second time before a 7. Once the come bet travesl to the box number, the player can place the “true odds” on the bet to increase their payout. The come bet has the same rules as a pas line coming out.
“Come” is also used when a player is establishing the “point.” This is called the “come out” roll. During the come out roll, 7 or 11 is an instant winner; 2, 3 or 12 loses; and 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 becomes the point and the pubkc is turned “on” that number. To win the “pass line,” you must roll the puck number before rolling a 7.

Ask the Dealer if You Have Questions

Dealers are happy to help you understand the game and place your bets. Don’t be shy. Go up to a table and chat with one of our dealers.
When you’re ready, put your money down—don’t hand it to the dealer. The dealer will give you your chips. Dealers love it when the crowd develops a personality and a common spirit of winning. It makes the game more fun and exciting.

Enjoy and Let Us Show You How to Play!

Each month we’ll answer the most common questions about how to play one of our games. Stop by Island Resort & Casino and enjoy the biggest variety of casino games in the area. Enjoy our fine dining locations and relax in one of our luxurious 300 guest rooms.


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