How do you place a bet in craps?
I’m going to Las Vegas, and I need to know how to place bets on craps. I know all the rules (I’ve played it on the computer), but I’ve never dared to play in real life because it looks so complex. How do you know whether to place the bet yourself or ask the dealer to place it for you? And when can you reach for your chips if you win, and they just place your chips on a new bet? Is there a general rule to follow? Or do you just place a bet without saying anything and apologize if they yell at you?
Question asked by: CalFan
Craps can be intimidating, but once you understand the basic rules and etiquette, it’s a fun and exciting game.
Here’s a brief guide on how to place bets in craps:
- Pass Line / Don’t Pass Line bets: You place these bets yourself directly on the Pass Line or the Don’t Pass Line. Do this before the come-out roll.
- Come / Don’t Come bets: You place these bets yourself in the Come or Don’t Come boxes after the point has been established.
- Place bets: To place bets on specific numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), you’ll need to ask the dealer to do it for you. Place your chips on the table and clearly state your desired bet and the amount you’re betting (e.g., “Place the 6 for $10”). The dealer will then move your chips to the appropriate spot on the layout.
- Field bets: You place these bets yourself by putting your chips directly in the Field section on the layout.
- Proposition bets: These bets are located in the center of the table and should be placed by the dealer. Hand your chips to the dealer and clearly state the bet you’d like to make (e.g., “Any Craps for $5”).
- Hardways bets: Like proposition bets, these bets are located in the center of the table and should be placed by the dealer. Hand your chips to the dealer and clearly state the bet you’d like to make (e.g., “Hard 8 for $10”).
When it comes to collecting your winnings or making new bets, follow these general rules:
- Wait until the dealer has finished paying out all winning bets and removed the losing bets from the table. You can then collect your winnings and place new bets.
- Avoid reaching for chips during a roll or while the dealer is making payouts. This can cause confusion and slow down the game.
- When the dealer is paying out winning bets, they will usually pay out from the inside of the table to the outside. Be patient and wait for the dealer to reach your area.
- If you’re unsure about when to collect your chips or place a new bet, you can always ask the dealer. They are there to help and ensure a smooth gaming experience.
Remember to always be polite, patient, and communicate clearly with the dealer. With a little practice, you’ll quickly become comfortable with the betting process in craps. Good luck and have fun!