Online Craps Guide for South African Players

What is online craps?

One of the first traditional casino games to make the jump to online casinos was the game of craps. This is a game with a long history and is even played on the street, as all it really requires is dice. Online craps can simulate dice easily and so this game proves popular and versatile with online casino gamblers.

The beginner’s guide to online craps.

People have been playing craps and variants of it for hundreds of years, perhaps even as far back as the Crusades. The game is also referred to casually as ‘shooting dice’ but the name ‘craps’ comes from the French word ‘crapaud’, meaning ‘toad’. This refers to the way people would squat in the street to roll the dice, but fortunately now we have craps tables and even better, online craps in the comfort of the home. Casino craps revolves around one or more players betting on the outcome of two dice. The bets are all shown on the table itself, in the form of a grid marked with various bet types.

The craps layout can seem daunting or confusing at first. The grid shows a wide array of possible bets, many with unusual names. The great benefit of online craps is that you can examine these bets at your leisure and seek help if you get stuck. Most online casinos have a help or information section on their games, or of course search engines can find helpful craps pages. Many online casinos also offer a demo play mode, allowing you to experiment with the bets and see for yourself how they work, without risking any money.

The basic game is played in rounds, each with two phases. These are called ‘come-out’ and ‘point’. Come-out is the first roll and at this stage, a result of 2, 3 or 12 is called ‘craps’, a losing result for anyone who bet on the ‘pass’ line. A come-out of 7 or 11 is a ‘natural’ and means a win for bets on the pass line. Any other roll establishes a ‘point’ and instigates the second phase, a point roll, where the aim is to roll the same number again.

There are a lot of extra rules involved in craps, which puts a lot of new players off, but the key is simply to play and experiment. Most online versions of the game have help sections, or tips that appear when hovering the mouse. This makes online craps a good way for a player to learn the game. There’s a lot of jargon involved too, from the pass and don’t pass line to the ‘natural’ roll of 7. Perhaps the most famous is rolling a 1 on both die, which is called ‘snake eyes’ and crops up in a lot of movies and songs. Line bets are often mandatory and refer to betting on the pass or don’t pass options, simply meaning that the shooter, which is the player rolling the dice, is betting on whether they will win or lose.