The main person in a Craps game is “The Shooter”, the person that throws the dice. To play, the people around the Craps table places bets on the outcome of the throw. The person that throws the dice doesn’t have to make a bet. All bets in Craps are made against the house.

There are two different stages in a Craps game:

The Come-Out Roll
this is the initial roll of the dice. If the result is 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 the game is over; winning bets are paid out and losing bets collected by the house (more about the bets below) and play continues with a new Come-Out Roll. Otherwise the game goes on with the result of the throw (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) as the shooter’s “Point” in the next stage:

The bets in Craps are those:

Pass Line Bet
A bet that is made before the come-out roll. If the result of the come-out roll is 7 or 11 it pays off 1 to 1. If the result of the come-out roll is 2, 3 or 12 the bet is lost. Otherwise the game goes on to the series. In this stage of the game the Pass Line Bet wins if the shooter’s point hits before a 7.

Don’t Pass Line Bet
A bet that is made before the come-out roll. If the result of the come-out roll is 7 or 11 the bet is lost. If the result of the come-out roll is 2, 3 or 12 the bet pays off 1 to 1. However, casinos generally allow only two of those numbers (which two differ from casino to casino) to pay off, if the third one hits it’s a push. Otherwise the game goes on to the series. In this stage of the game the Don’t Pass Line Bet wins if a 7 hits before the shooter’s Point. If a 7 hits the bet is lost. Otherwise the game goes on.

Odds bet

This bet is made together with a Pass Line Bet. An Odds Bet can be placed after the shooter’s point has been established by the come-out roll. The Odds Bet wins if the shooter’s Point hits before a 7. If a 7 hits the bet is lost. Otherwise the game goes on. The pay out on the Odds Bet depends on the shooter’s Point.