“Can I Play Craps Without Being The One To Throw?” This poses an interesting question because the answer is different based upon what kind of a casino you are playing within. It really depends on whether you are playing in a land-based or online casino environment.
Unlike poker games and other table games where the dealer or croupier initiates the action, Craps is one of the very few games where players get to initiate the action by rolling the dice. In a land-based casino environment, each player in rotation takes turns rolling the dice. A player session lasts from the first roll of the dice until the player craps out by rolling a 7 before making the point. At that time, the next player in the rotation has the option of controlling the dice or passing it onto the next player.
In answer to the question above, all players who occupy a space at the table can make wagers at any time as they see fit. In some cases when the casino is really busy, the dealers will allow some players to place bets from a second line. Rolling the dice is strictly optional for each player.
Online Casino Craps
Online Craps is handled a little differently. The game gives the appearance of a one-on-one encounter between the player and the house. As the only player in the game, it’s up to you to initiate the action by pressing the “roll” button. In most cases, you will be required to place some type of bet before the action can begin. Some games will require you to place either a pass line or don’t pass line bet while other casinos will simply accept a bet placed anywhere on the board. In answer to the question above, no, you can’t play Craps until you’re are willing to press the roll button.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Playing Craps Online Versus Live Craps
There are two primary benefits to playing Craps online. Unlike when you are playing Craps in a land-based casino, you have the ability to control the pace of play when your are playing the game online. You can take your time placing bets and pushing the roll button anytime you want up to the point where the game or your computer system might time out due to inactivity. The second advantage is you are able to avoid all the distractions that come with trying to play the game in a busy land-based casino.
The primary disadvantage comes from you missing out on the energy and camaraderie that comes with playing at a live Craps table where people are cheering, jeering and having a good time. When a majority of the players line up against the house on the pass line side, there’s a real sense of excitement created when a particular player “gets on a roll.” Some people feel this is where good karma comes into play, which doesn’t exist when you are playing Craps alone online.
To summarize, you can wager anytime in a brick and mortar whether you choose to roll the dice or not. Online, it’s up to you to initiate the action by placing a bet and pressing the roll button.