How to play craps

Many novice players want to learn how to play craps, but most of them often steer away from the game because they think that it's too complex to understand. But craps is actually an easy game to play, and the only particularly complicated aspect is all the different types of bets that can be placed.

You don’t actually have to learn all the bets in order to play craps, and you can just stick to the simplest ones if you like. In fact, after reading the information on this page, you’ll be able to start playing craps at Scores Casino NJ. Also, you can spin the reels of your favorite slot machines, double-down at the blackjack tables and get the balls rolling with roulette at our casino.

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The basic rules when playing craps at Scores Casino NJ

When playing craps at Scores Casino NJ, gamblers place wagers on the outcome of the roll of the dice. Two six-sided dice are used in craps and the player who throws the dice is called a “shooter”. If you play this game at our live casino, every player at the table gets the opportunity to roll, and the dice are passed counter clockwise after each new round.

Here are the basic rules of the game:

  • The game has dozens of wagers available, but it is mainly structured around the Pass Line bet.
  • Players at the table bet by placing chips on the Pass Line on the table layout.
  • The pass sequence starts with a come-out roll, and the shooter rolls the dice.
  • The pass bettor wins if the roll is 7 or 11 and loses if it’s 2, 3 or 12. Any other number becomes a point.
  • If the shooter rolls a point number on the come-out, he keeps rolling until he rolls the same number to win an even-money payout, or rolls a 7 to lose.
  • The shooter keeps rolling with a new come-out if he makes his point. If he doesn’t, he “sevens out”, and the dice are rotated to a new shooter.

The popular bets you can place in craps

The popular bets you can place in craps

Unlike other casino games, players get many different types of bets to choose from when playing craps. Once you have knowledge of the popular bets, you can start playing immediately until you get the hang of the game. Below are the popular craps bets:

Pass Line

Pass Line bets are the easiest craps bets to make. When you wager on the Pass Line, you are betting that either a 7 or an 11 will be the result of the roll. If you roll a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll, you double your money. If you roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 instead, then a point is established. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12 on the come-out roll, then you lose your Pass Line bet.

Don’t Pass Line

Don’t Pass bets are nothing but the opposite of Pass Line bets. When you make a Don’t Pass bet, you are basically betting against the shooter. You want the shooter to crap out (roll a 2, 3 or 12) on the come-out roll.

Come bets

A Come bet is quite similar to a Pass Line bet, but it can be made at any time after the point has been made. If you roll a 7 or 11 after making a come bet, you win. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 11 after a Come bet is made, the Come bet loses.

Don’t Come bets

This is the opposite of the Come bet and is made whenever the shooter rolls a point number.

Odds bets

This is a side bet which can only be placed if you’ve already made a Pass, Don’t Pass, Come or Don’t Come bet. You will not see this bet marked on the table, but you can make it by placing chips directly on your original bet.

Depending on your original bet, you are laying odds on whether 7 or point numbers will be rolled first. For instance, if you place a Pass bet and you take odds, you win the bet if the point number is rolled before 7. If the original bet wins, the Odds bet also wins. The Odds bet can be made and removed at any point during the game, and you can also increase or decrease the bet amount at any time.

Also, there is a limit for bets to amount to 2-3 times the original bet. So, if you’ve wagered $30 on the Don’t come bet, you can lay odds up to $60 for 2 times the original bet, or $90 for 3 times the original bet, depending on the casino.

Odds pay 2 to 1 for points 4 and 10, 3 to 2 for points 2 and 9, and 6 to 5 for points 6 and 8.

How to play Single-roll bets

Single-roll bets are placed in the area of craps layout where you see images of dice combinations and can be made at any point during the game. Keep in mind that these bets offer quite a hefty house edge and are not recommended by the high rollers. You can use them sparingly throughout the game for a bit of added thrill.

Proposition bets

Proposition bets are a group of single-roll bets found together on the table and they tend to have a very high house edge. So, you should play them occasionally when you want some action as you wait for your standing bets. Let us look into a few.

Three (Ace Deuce)

Winners are paid 15-1. If you bet on 3 the next roll must be three. All other bets lose.

Any 7 (Big Red)

Wins if the shooter rolls a 7 and pays 4 to 1.

Any Craps (Three-Way)

You get three numbers on this bet, and you win if the next roll is 2, 3 or 12. Winners are paid 7-1.

Twelve Craps (Boxcars or Midnight)

Wins if the next roll is 12 and pays 30 to 1.

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Two craps or Aces (Snake Eyes)

Wins if the shooter rolls a 2 and pays 30 to 1.

Field bets

Eleven (Yo)

Wins if the next roll is 11 and pays 15 to 1.

Hop bets

Like Proposition bets, Hop Bets can be made at any point throughout the game. On Hop bet, you’re betting that each dice will land on a specific number. You tell the croupier, “6-3 hopping” or “4-2 on the hop”, and you win only if the dice show those specific numbers. Winners are paid 30-1 on Hard Hop bets and 15-1 on Easy Hop bets.

Field bets

The shooter bets that either a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 will be the next roll of the dice. The 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 pay even money, and for a 2 or 12, the payout is 2 to 1.

How to play Multi-roll bets

Apart from the Common bets and Single-roll bets, you can also place other bets in the game of craps. Below, these bets are explained in detail.

Buy/Lay bets

When you place a Buy bet, you wager on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 at any moment of the game. If any of these numbers come out before the shooter rolls 7, the casino will pay you true odds, meaning your payback is equal to the actual chances of winning. However, for the casino to get an advantage, 5 percent of your winnings will be deducted before the payout.

A Lay bet is similar to the Don’t Pass and Don’t come bets. You place this bet at any point and you wager that the shooter rolls a 7 before the point that you choose. The casino will pay you true odds but there’s a five percent fee on the winnings.

Place Win/Place Lose

These bets are quite similar to Buy and Lay bets, but they don’t offer true odds. You bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 and if your chosen number comes up before 7, you win.

Big 6/Big 8 bet

You’ll find this bet marked in the corner of the table. You win these bets if 6 or 8 is rolled before 7. Both Big 6 and Big 8 bets pay even money.


Players bet that the ‘hard way’ outcome of the dice resulting in a 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be rolled before the ‘easy way’ or a 7. The ‘hard way’ outcome is when both the dice have the same numbers. For instance, a 2-2 for Hardways 4, a 3-3 for Hardways 6, a 4-4 for Hardways 8, and so on.

All other dice combinations resulting in 4, 6, 8 or 10 are considered an ‘easy way’. For example, there are four non-pair combinations for 6: 2-4, 5-1, 4-2 and 1-5. The pair combinations are called a hard way because there is only one way to make a pair combination. There are a number of ways to achieve the combination when different numbers on the dice are rolled, making all other non-pair combinations the way.

When the dice are rolled, one of the following things can happen:

  1. A number apart from a 7 and the number you bet on appears. Thus, you don’t win or lose and the bet continues to stand until the next roll.:
  2. A 7 is rolled and you lose the bet.:
  3. An ‘easy way’ of your number is rolled and you lose.:
  4. The ‘hard way’ combination of your bet is rolled and you win:
    • Hard way 4 will win if a 2-2 is rolled before a 7 or easy way combinations of 3-1 and 1-3.
    • A hard way 6 will win if a 3-3 is rolled before a 7 or easy way combinations of 5-1,1-5,2-4, and 4-2
    • A hard way 8 will win if a 4-4 is rolled before a 7 or easy way combinations of 2-6, 6-2,3-5, and 5-3.
    • Hard way 10 will win if a 5-5 is rolled before a 7 or easy way combinations 6-4,4-6.

If you don’t want this bet to continue throughout the game after you have won or lost, you can opt to remove the bet.

Improving your betting success

Below are some of the things that you can follow to improve your betting success when playing craps at Scores Casino NJ.

Improving your betting success

Master some of the common lingoes

Like other casino games offered by NJ online casino, craps has its own special terminology. If you know how the table works, you can follow along without the need for a craps glossary. However, knowing some of the basic terminologies helps a lot during the gameplay.

  • 2, 3 and 12 are craps numbers. They usually are bad news, depending on the bet.
  • A right bettor is the one who bets on the Pass Line. A wrong bettor is a player who bets against the table by wagering on the Don’t Pass line.
  • Betting terms like parlay are the same as other games available in the casino. A parlay, for instance, means adding your stakes from a winning bet to another bet.
  • All numbers have their own slang. For instance, a 3 is called Ace Deuce and an 11 is called Yo.

Memorize the odds to increase your chances of winning

Read about the craps odds or the advantage that the house has with each type of bet. Most of the game revolves around how often a number combination comes up during a roll. The most common number is 7, which is followed by 6 and 8. The numbers 2 and 12 are least likely to appear because you need a pair of 1s or 6s, respectively.

Use the field number to predict the next roll

The field is one of the most popular betting areas in craps. It is labeled “Field” and has the numbers 2, 3 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The numbers near the Pass Line are for the players to use, so you don’t have to ask for the dealer’s permission to place your bets there.

Make Proposition bets in the middle of the table

All Proposition bets are Single-roll bets and they are separate from other parts of the game. Look for the rectangular box in the middle that has phrases like “5 for 1” and pictures of dice. Once you get used to the game, take advantage of this area to place unique bets.

Use the top rows of numbers for a Place bet

Watch out the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 near the stick person. You can make a ‘Place bet’ before the shooter rolls the dice. The Place numbers are similar to field bets, except you win if the number is rolled before a 7. Throw your chips on the table and tell the croupier what kind of bet you want to make. For instance, if you bet on 5, you’re betting that the shooter rolls a 5 before rolling a 7.

How to play craps at Scores Casino NJ

Score Casino NJ offers craps and a wide variety of other casino games that you can play anywhere, anytime. Below are the steps to play craps at our casino.

Sign up

You can easily register for an account at our casino, and the registration process is super-quick. All you need to do is fill in the required information in order to verify your age and identity. Once completed, a welcome bonus will be credited to your account. No deposit required!


Playing craps at Scores Casino NJ has various advantages. Once your account is activated, you can make a deposit using one of the available payment methods. After this, we will credit 100% of your deposit amount as an extra bonus.

Play now

Once you’ve completed the above steps, you’re all set to play the game of craps. When you hit a lucky streak and are ready to cash out your winnings, our support team will be there to assist you with our speedy withdrawal process. It’s that easy to play craps at Scores Casino NJ!

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