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Craps is not as confusing as it looks. It actually is an easy game to learn. An understanding of the basics of the game and how to make a pass-line bet will get you started on your way. You don’t have to be concerned with any other of the craps bets when you begin to play craps. There are about 40 different bets that can be made on a craps layout but most of them like the proposition and hardway bets have terrible odds that you should avoid. To get started playing craps, all you need to understand is the basic pass-line bet
A simple passline bet works like this. You place your bet on the passline before a new shooter begins his roll. This is known as the come out roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you win. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. If the shooter rolls any other number, that number becomes the point number. The shooter must roll that number again before a seven is rolled. If that happens, you win even money for your passline bet. If a seven is rolled before the point number is rolled again, you lose.
Once the point is established the bettor can make an additional bet behind the passline bet. This is known as the "Odds Bet." It is the only bet in the casino that does not have a house edge as it is paid off with true odds.
Most casinos offer double odds, which means you can make a bet twice the size of your pass line bet. If you passline bet is $5 you are allowed to make an odds bet of $10.
A passline bet is the simplest bet you can make on at the craps table and it will get you on your way to playing this exciting game.
An easy way to learn how to play craps is to take advantage of the free lessons offered by Chinook Winds Casino. The instruction will give you the basics and also show you some of the table etiquette that will make you feels more comfortable approaching the table.