Craps is one of the most popular casino dice games in existence. It requires little in the way of setup or experience, but manages to pull in big crowds regardless. You've likely seen movies depicting high-stakes games with fashionable VIPs standing around a packed table, or even witnessed that very sight yourself on a trip to your local casino. You don't have to be a high roller to play, though you'll just need a basic understanding of how the game works and how to place your bets.

Here are the basics. In craps, the goal is to place correct wagers on the outcome of the dice roll. (There are multiple ways to bet, and these are represented by different zones on the craps table). One player will shoot the dice, while the other players will take their place around the table, making bets. Casino employees run the game, and, in the case of online craps, this is all handled by the online system.

During the shooter's first roll (the "come out" roll), they are establishing their point: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. In cases where they roll 7 or 11, on the first go, they win, and any players who bet on the "Pass Line" also win. In cases where they roll 2, 3, or 12, they (and the Pass Line bet) lose. Once the point is established, players have the opportunity to bet again—either that the shooter will hit their point before rolling a seven or the opposite.

Here's a simple example. Let's say the shooter rolls a come out of 6. Any players who placed a wager on the Pass Line are good, and have an opportunity to win if the shooter rolls 6 again before rolling a 7. Any players who bet against a shooter, though (the Don't Pass Line) will only win if the shooter rolls a 7 before they can get that 6 again. There are more advanced considerations that you'll learn during the game, but this is craps at its most basic. To recap:

Pass Line: You're betting that the shooter will win. This happens if the shooter has a come out roll of 7 or 11, or is able to establish their point and roll it again before hitting a 7.
Don't Pass Line: You're betting the shooter will lose. This occurs when the shooter rolls a come out of 2 or 3. Rolling a 12 is considered a push in most cases (neither a win or a loss). If a player rolls a 7 before hitting their point, the Don't Pass Line also wins.
You'll find many online casinos offering basic craps, along with many variations. Have fun selecting from the bunch, and good luck as you learn the many intricacies of this exciting dice game.

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