Free Craps Games
The History of Craps
Craps is arguably the most popular dice game in casinos, both online and offline. There are many interesting theories as to how craps originated. Some say that it may have been played in the Holy Roman Empire, whilst others liken it to the medieval game of Hazard (or Azzahr). What is known is that by the mid eighteenth century, the game was introduced by the French to their Louisiana colony, where the game was known as “crebs” or “creps”. A century later and “the modern craps game was pretty much fully developed. It soon found its way into the blossoming Las Vegas Casino scene a century after that, and was ported to the online gaming world in the early 2000s, when graphics had improved enough to permit it. Although not a popular mobile game, and with no live dealer games available, craps has a special place in most dice game lover’s hearts.
How to play Craps
Craps is relatively easy for most players to get the hang of. Once a player learns the rules of a passline or odds bet, they are able to play rather comfortably. Generally speaking, there are about 40 different types of bets you can place in a game of craps, though to start out with, you needn’t worry about the others.
The game all rests on the dice. The player makes a bet (onto the craps table) and the dice are placed in the craps shooter. The player (shooter) rolls the dice onto the craps board. Depending on what appears on the dice, the player may win, roll again or lose.
The passline bet is the simplest bet you can make in craps. The player places his or her bet on the passline. The first roll of the dice is known as the “come out roll”. If the player rolls a 7 or 11 you will win. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, you will lose. If any other number comes up, then that number becomes the “point number”. The shooter must then roll that number again before a 7 is rolled. You will win even money if this occurs, but if a 7 is rolled before the point number, you will lose.
These are more complicated bets, ideal for once you are comfortable with the passline bets. These are additional bets, known as odds bets. Odd bets have no house edge and can offer double the winnings. Typical odd bets are paid out at rates of 2:1 for a 4 or a 10, 3:2 for a 5 or 9, and 6:5 for 6 or 8.
There actually aren’t too many craps variants in existence on the internet or otherwise. A couple do exist, though. Bank craps for instance, is sometimes known as Vegas craps, and it features a special craps table, and involves throwing the craps dice over a wire. Crapless craps is also known rather unenthusiastically as bastard craps. 2, 3, 11 and 12 are point rolls in this game, and if you land a 7 on the first roll, you win. Unfortunately, this variant contains a higher house edge.
Simplified craps sees players who roll 2, 3, 10, 11 or 12 automatically win the game, with rolls of 5-9 losing the game. High point craps allows players to ignore low rolls of 2-3, and winnings only paid out on totals of 11-12. Finally, Die Rich craps, is sometimes known as Money craps, or Fading craps. This game is basically the same as craps, although it has to be placed for high stakes.