If you walk through any New Zealand casino lobby and pass a table where everyone is crowded around shouting and cheering, it’s probably the craps table.
Most novice Kiwi players shy away from the game as it contains one of the most complicated betting systems of any table game.
The good news is that you can easily learn the main craps bets and still enjoy all the excitement and high stakes betting that craps has to offer.
If you are new to the game, the basic concept of craps is quite simple. The entire game boils down to a bet on a roll of three dice.
The complicated bit comes in with the various types of bets that can be placed. In a full craps game, over 100 different bets can be placed on any round.
Fortunately, you don’t need to know them all in order to have a good time. For anyone just starting out, the first and probably the easiest bet to place is the pass line bet.
The Pass Line Bet
In craps the NZ casino player throwing the dice is called the shooter. Everyone else standing around the craps table can bet on the outcome of the shooter’s roll.
The first roll that a shooter makes is called a come out roll. Placing a pass line bet means that you are backing the shooter and essentially wanting him/her and everyone else around the table to win.
Once you place a pass line bet, you will want the shooter to roll a dice combination of 7 or 11. If this happens, you all win even money on your bets.
If the shooter rolls a 2,3 or 12, the shooter and everyone who placed a pass line bet will lose their bet.
If the shooter rolls any other number, this is called the point number. In order to win the bet, the shooter must role the same point number again.
However, if the shooter rolls a 7 first, all bets are lost. In craps, it is possible to place a don’t pass line bet. This is essentially betting against the shooter directly opposite the pass bet.
The Come Bet
The second basic bet that can be placed in craps is the come bet. The best way to understand this bet is to think of it as you own separate bet on the same table.
This bet can only be placed once the shooter has established a point number.
Once you place a come bet, you essentially split the game into two. Firstly, you are wanting the shooter to roll a 7 or 11 to win even money on your come bet.
If the shooter rolls a 2,3 or 12, you will lose your bet. If the shooter rolls any other number, this becomes your own point number, separate from the shooter’s point number.
Every time the shooter rolls your point number, you will win even money on your bet. You also win even money if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11.
In New Zealand, craps is considered to be one of the most exciting and entertaining games at any New Zealand land based casino or NZ online casino.