Below you'll find a list of craps facts and things to keep in
mind that you should review prior to playing craps, whether you
are playing at land based casinos or at online casinos.
• The shooter's attempt to pass is the
basic contest in craps. Players can wager with the shooter on
the pass line or against the shooter on the don't-pass par. These
do and don't bets have a house edge of 1.4 percent.
• Come and don't come bets are made after
a point has been established. They are independent of the shooter's
contest, but otherwise they operate by the same rules as pass
and don't-pass. Come and don't come have 1.4 percent house edge.
• Odds are an additional bet made in conjunction
with a pass, don't pass, come or don't come wager. Odds wagers
have a zero percent house edge; this makes them the best bet in
• Taking or laying odds in combination
with a flat bet reduces the house edge on the overall wager. It's
always a good idea to bet maximum odds and lower the flat bet
• Place bets and buy bets are similar
to taking odds on the pass line, but they don't require a previous
wager. Unfortunately the house pays less than true odds for winning
place bets and charges a vig (a fee) for buy bets.
• Lay bets are similar to giving odds
on the don't. A previous wager is not required, but the house
charges a vig for the bet.
• Bets in the center of the table are
called proposition bets. They have a high house edge. You should
• Big six and big eight are sucker bets.
• Avoid insurance bets. They're a waste