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Shoot the dice.

One of the fastest moving and most exciting casino games is craps. Come to Meskwaki where the games are fun to play.

How to play

The game of Craps has many bets that revolve around a basic game. The best way to introduce yourself to Craps is to learn how the game works and a few of the more common bets. You can learn the others as you become more experienced.

The game itself is quite simple. It starts with a shooter (it could be you) who typically places a bet on the Pass Line. The shooter is offered five dice by the stickman and selects two to roll. The first roll of the game is called the ‘Come Out Roll’. Listen for the stickman to announce that at the beginning of a new roll and look for the ‘Puck’ to be at the end of the numbers reading OFF.

For the Come Out Roll, the shooter rolls the dice all the way to the other end of the table and there will be three possible outcomes on the totals of the two dice:

7 or 11 – A natural winner pays the Pass Line and it’s the Come Out Roll again.

2,3 or 12 – A natural loser takes the Pass Line and it’s the Come Out Roll again.

4,5,6,8,9, or 10 – The shooter has established their point (which is then marked with the puck turned ON). The Shooter keeps on rolling for a decision.

Once the point is established (for this example we’ll assume the point of 8), the shooter continues to roll the dice until a decision is made:

They roll an 8 – Winner, pay the Pass Line, shooter keeps the dice, and it’s the Come Out Roll again.

They roll a 7 – Loser, take the Pass Line, next shooter, and it’s the Come Out Roll again.

Any other number – the shooter keeps rolling until a decision (8 to win or 7 to lose) is made.

As mentioned before, learn the easier bets to understand at the table to begin with. Here are the most common bets:

The Pass Line Bet: This is the most common bet, you are betting that the shooter will ‘Make’ their point. You will be paid even money on the winning Pass Line Bet.

Pass Line Odds: Extra money can be placed behind your Pass Line Bet, it is paid at true odds according to the point you are looking for. 4 & 10 pay 2 to 1, 5 & 9 pay 7 to 5, 6 & 8 pay 6 to 5. HINT: Always take pass line odds, it’s the best bet in a casino! Ask the dealer how much you can place.

Place Bets: You can bet any or all the numbers 4,5,6,8,9, or 10 for different odds. Every time one rolls you will be paid, if a 7 rolls they all lose. Place bets will not win or lose on the come out roll. 4 & 10 pay 9 to 5, 5 & 9 pay 7 to 5 and 6 & 8 pay 7 to 6.

Come Bets: Basically a game within a game. After a point is established, you place a bet in the Come box in front of you. The next roll of the dice for that money is the Come Out Roll, so 7 or 11 wins even money, 2,3, or 12 loses, for any other number the bet travels to that box and that becomes its point. If that number rolls again before 7 it wins even money. As with Pass Line Bets, you may take odds bets with a Come Bet.

Center Bets: Hardway bets say the point will be made by a pair on 4, 6, 8 and 10 or you can choose one roll bets on the combination of the next roll of the dice. Your stickman will help you with these bets.