Hand rolling dice at a table game of craps.

How to Play Craps – The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park

Few scenes at a casino are more exciting than the craps table. It’s common to see bystanders gathered around, cheering as the shooter hurls dice down the length of the board. Craps is one of the most fast-paced games available, and also one with a high potential for big winnings. The game’s lingo and traditions can be a little intimidating at first, but don’t let that stop you – craps games are one of the best reasons to visit casinos. If you’d like to try it out, The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park offers a quick intro to help you get started.

Craps Basics

Most craps tables are double-sided and feature the same layout on either side with a stickperson in the middle to collect the dice. There are usually no seats, and players stand to achieve a good position and see the results of their throws. Dealers stand on either side of the table, ready to exchange cash for chips and take your bets. However, some bets may only be placed at certain times – ask the dealer if you’re not sure.

To get started if you want to shoot the dice on a come out roll you will need a pass line or a Don’t Pass bet. Those that bet on the Pass line are counting on the shooter to win, while those on the Don’t Pass line bet against him or her. If the come-out roll totals seven or eleven, Pass bets win and Don’t Pass bets lose. The results of the come-out roll will determine what happens next, such as:

A roll of two, three or twelve is a craps roll, causing Pass bets to lose. Don’t Pass bets win on two and three, but push on a roll of twelve.
Any other number rolled is called the point number. Once the point number is set, Pass bets win whenever that number rolls before a seven comes up. If a seven is rolled first, the player’s turn ends and the dice pass clockwise to the next player.

Placing Bets

Rules are largely the same for the Come and Don’t Come lines, although certain bets may only be placed on rolls after the come-out. To indicate that the next turn is a come-out roll, the dealer places a disk marked “Off” in the corner of the Don’t Come box. After the come-out roll, the disk will be flipped to its “On” side and put in the box with the number that currently reflects the point.

You can also place bets in several ways other than using the Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come lines. Popular alternatives include:

Hard Ways: On these bets, you are wagering that the dice will end up with the same number on both dice, adding up to four, six, eight or ten.
Proposition Bets: These bets allow you to wager on certain numbers or groups of numbers. For example, a bet on craps wins if the number rolled is a two, three or twelve.

Several other betting options are available, and spending time watching craps at casinos is a great way to learn. See what other players are doing or ask one of our friendly dealers and try it out for yourself to master the game.

Join the Fun

Be sure to stop by the craps table on your next visit to The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park. Placing a bet creates a sense of camaraderie and builds excitement to make you feel like a high roller every time. Be sure to explore all our table games and slots, then grab a bite to eat or take advantage of our numerous on-site amenities. To schedule your next visit, book your accommodations online now, or call 800-953-4800 for more information.

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