In online Craps, making bets where “the house” (the online casino you’re playing on) has a big edge can be extremely costly. That is why it’s a good idea to learn intelligent strategies that will lower your chances of losing.
Make a “Pass line” bet
Making a “Pass line” bet won’t make you rich, but it’s one of the smartest and most popular bets in Craps because of the minimal house edge and the potential for consistent (but small) profits.
When you make a Pass line bet, your first chance at winning will come during the “come out” roll (the first round of the game). You’ll win “even money” (the same amount you bet) if the online casino dealer makes a come out roll of seven or eleven. On the other hand, if the dealer rolls two, three, or twelve (in total), then you lose your bet amount. Even if you lose on the come out roll, your loss is only equal to your single bet. If the dealer rolls anything other than two, three, seven, eleven, or twelve (in total), then it is known as the “point,” and you will go into “the point” round. In the point round, the dealer will keep rolling the dice until the total rolled equals the point total or seven. If the dealer rolls a seven, then you lose the amount you bet; if the dealer rolls the point total, then you win even money.
“Take the Odds” on your Pass line bet
“Taking the Odds” is a completely optional, but very wise, additional bet that can be made after your Pass line bet (if the dealer’s roll leads to the point round). If you win the point round, you win even money on your normal bet, and the Odds are paid to you; if you lose the point round, you lose your normal and Odds bets. The Odds paid to you depends on what total the dealer rolls. You’ll be paid 2:1 if the total four or ten is rolled, 3:2 if the total five or nine is rolled, and 6:5 if the total six or eight is rolled. There is no real disadvantage to this bet unless you are low on funds.
Make a “Don’t Pass” bet
The “Don’t Pass bet” is also one of the smartest and most popular bets in Craps. Think of this bet as almost like switching roles with the dealer in a Pass line bet. With this bet, you’ll win even money if the come out roll is a two or three. What makes this bet not quite the opposite of the Pass line bet is that if the come out roll is a twelve, then the result is a “push”; with a push, you get the amount you bet back but don’t win anything. If anything other than two, three, seven, eleven, or twelve is rolled, then it is known as the “point,” and you will go into “the point” round. In the point round, the dealer will keep rolling the dice until the total rolled equals the point total or seven. If the dealer rolls a seven, then you win even money on your bet; if the dealer rolls the point total, then you lose the amount you bet.
“Lay the Odds” on your Don’t Pass bet
“Laying the Odds” is much like “Taking the Odds” except you win even money on your normal bet and the Odds if a seven is rolled, but you lose your normal and the Odds bets if the dealer rolls the point. You’ll be paid 1:2 for a total of four or ten, 2:3 for a total of five or nine, and 5:6 for a total of six or eight.
Make “Come” and “Don’t Come” bets
“Come” and “Don’t Come” bets are essentially Pass line and Don’t Pass bets (respectively) that can be made at any time except for the come out roll round. You can still Take the Odds or Lay the Odds on these bets the same way you do with Pass line and Don’t Pass bets (if you don’t lose in the come out round).
“Place” your bet on six or eight
You can make a “Place” bet on any of the following numbers: four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten. However, since you have the best odds of the dealer rolling a six or an eight, making a Place bet on six or eight is the smartest Place bet to make. A Place bet on six or eight won’t make you money very quickly (these bets pay 7:6), but they are safe bets that have house edges that are only slightly higher than Pass line, Don’t Pass, Come, and Don’t Come bets.
As a word of caution: You should avoid bets like big six, big eight, “Hard Ways,” and “Propositions.” The house has a massive advantage with these bets, so you should only make them if you wish to forgo strategy. Proper strategies, when implemented correctly, will keep your losses at a minimum and your wins fairly consistent.