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Online Craps for Beginners

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Craps is a game that attracts large crowds at land-based casinos. It is loud and exciting and has, until recently, had an air of exclusivity. With the introduction of online casinos and online craps games, the game is now becoming more understood. 

By following online craps guides, players find that the game is not as confusing as it appears once you learn the rules and the bets that can be placed.

Here, we will present a simple online craps guide to help you through the basics of the game. South African online casino players are no exception and can also enjoy the excitement of this game online.

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History of Craps

The origins of the game of craps may have come from a game called Hazard that was played by the Crusaders in 1125AD when they laid siege to the castle Hazarth. Throwing a 2 while playing Hazard lost the game and was known as “crabs”. This is thought to be the inspiration for the name of the game of craps. Craps was known to be played in gambling houses in England in the 17th century, but it was most commonly played among the upper class and noblemen. Craps was brought to the US and in 1813 the game was simplified by Bernard de Mandeville and introduced onto his riverboats on the Mississippi River. John H. Winn modified the game into the game that we know today. When craps were introduced at online casinos, people of all backgrounds were able to learn to play the game and it is now easily available.

Aim of The Game

The aim of the game of craps is to correctly predict the outcome of the throw of two dice. Depending on the value of the other cards in the hand.

How to Play Craps

Come Out Roll and Pass Line Bet – Players must place the pass line bet before the game begins. The first roll of the dice is known as the come-out roll. If the come-out roll is a 7 or 11, the pass-line bet wins; if it is a 2, 3 or 12, the pass-line bet loses.

The Point Number – If the come-out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this number becomes the point number. The dice keep rolling until they land on the point number or the number 7. If the point number is rolled before a 7, the pass-line bet wins; if the number 7 is rolled before the point number, the pass-line bet loses.

Most common bet in a game of craps

Don’t Come Bet – This is the opposite of the come bet, meaning that if a 7 or 11 comes up in the come-out roll, the player will lose and if a 2 or 3 is rolled on the come-out roll, the player will win. A dice of 12 ties.

Don’t Pass Line Bet – This is the opposite of the pass line bet in that if a 7 is rolled before the point number, the player wins and if the point number is rolled before a 7, the player loses.

Other less common bets include place bets, field bets and big six or big eight bets.

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