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Basic Rules of Craps

Learn the basic rules of how to play craps in this Howcast video about gambling.


Hey guys, I just want to go over basic rules for craps. You can see I have a miniaturized table here. And the casino table is a little bit bigger than this, but the same basic rules apply.

Check with your table in the casino. Normally the table minimums will be about $5 or $10. I'm just going to use a couple of chips here. The game starts with a player placing a bet on the pass line, and then the dice go around the table in clockwise fashion from player to player. They all represent the shooter.

For this I'll be the shooter here. You pick two dice. You'll be given five, and you get to pick any two you like. You take two; these come up against the wall, and we've got two stages of play here. First up when this puck is in the off position, that means we're on the come out roll. That means you're rolling the dice up against the wall, and you're looking for a seven or eleven. If a seven comes up you win even money, just like that. If an eleven comes up the same thing. If a two, three, or twelve come up then they take your money, and then you have to start again.

So, any other number that comes up typically, like an eleven came up there, so you would get paid. Any other point that would come up, in this case five, that becomes your point. Now I take this puck and I put this in an on position, so now this is the second part of the game on the pass line. Now the object of the game is to get another five before you roll a seven to win. And it doesn't matter; you could roll any other numbers in the meantime and it doesn't matter. You could roll, see I rolled a nine, and I just have money on the five, so it doesn't matter, I just keep rolling.

I keep rolling, and roll another nine, and that keeps going on until I roll either another five, or if I roll a seven. In this case, I rolled the five, which is good news, the crowd goes wild. He gets paid and takes his winnings, puts it up on the rack up there. This puck goes in the off position. When we're in the off position again, then we're going to come out and you roll a seven or eleven again to win another bet. And that is the basic rules of craps.

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