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Learn How to Play Craps

If you’re seeking the best of gaming in West Virginia, Craps at Mardi Gras Casino is one of the most exciting table games. It offers many betting options and ways to win. We offer both $5 and $10 craps with a $1000 maximum bet. The Shooter is the player who is rolling the dice. A Line Bet (Pass or Don’t Pass) must be placed by the Shooter to be eligible to roll the dice. In addition, the Shooter will be able to place other bets. Shooters who make Don’t Pass Bets are not betting against themselves, but are betting that the dice will not pass.

How to Bet Craps

Pass Line Bets

The pass line bet is an even-money bet (1-1) and you are betting with the Shooter, which may be you or whoever is rolling the dice. You win if the toss is natural (7 or 11) on the first roll of the dice, also known as the come-out roll, and you lose if the toss is craps (2, 3 or 12). Any other number is considered a come-out point. To win, the Shooter must throw the same number again before a 7 is thrown. If a 7 is rolled before the point, the Shooter must pass the dice and you lose. If you bet on the pass, you cannot remove or lessen your bet after a point has been established regarding the bet.

Don’t Pass Line Bets

The don’t pass line bet is the opposite of the pass line bet. With this bet, you are betting against the Shooter and you win if the come-out roll is a 2 or 3 (1-1); you lose if the roll is a 7 or 11. A roll of 12 is a standoff and you neither win nor lose. If a point is established and rolled, you lose; if a 7 is rolled before the point, you win (1-1). If you bet the don’t pass bet, you can remove or lessen your bet at any time. You cannot replace or raise your bet until another come-out point has been tossed.

Come Bets

After the come-out roll, you can place a bet at any time. If a natural (7) is rolled after you place your bet, you win (1-1) and, if a craps (2, 3 or 12) is rolled, you lose. If any other number is rolled, this will become your come-point and you win 1-1 if this number is rolled before a 7. You lose if a 7 is rolled before this number. Your come bet cannot be removed or lessened after an established point, but you can make as many bets as you like.

Don’t Come Bets

Don’t come bets are the opposite of come bets where you lose if a natural (7 or 11) is rolled after your bet is placed and you win (1-1) if a craps of 2 or 3 is rolled. Twelve is a standoff. Any other number is your don’t come point, which will pay even money (1-1). After you have placed your don’t come bet and your don’t come point has been established, you win if a 7 is rolled before your don’t come point. You lose if your don’t come point is rolled before a 7. You can remove or lessen your don’t come bet at any time, but cannot raise or replace it.

Place Bets

Place bets may be made at any time, but will neither win nor lose on the come-out roll. You can bet on any number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10). You win if your number is rolled before a 7 and you lose if a 7 is rolled after you have made your place bet. There are a variety of odds: 4 or 10 pays 9-5, 5 or 9 pays 7-5, 6 or 8 pays 7-6. You can remove or lessen your bet at any time after the dice have been rolled.

Buy Bets

Buy bets are a variation of place bets. You can bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 by setting your bet on the table and telling the dealer the number you want. The dealer then places the bet in the correct box and a “buy” button on the bet to show that you will be paid true odds. This bet must be accompanied by a 5% commission. For example, if you buy the number for $20 to win $40, your commission will be 5% of $20 or $1. You win if your number is rolled before a 7.

Lay Bets

Lay bets are the opposite of buy bets because you win on a 7 and lose if the point appears. When you place your bet on the table and tell the dealer your desired number, he places a “lay” button on your number to show that you will be paid true odds. A commission of 5% on lay bets are paid on the payoff amount, which differs from the 5% commission paid on the wagered amount in buy bets.

Hardways

Hardways only apply to even numbers (4, 6, 8 and 10). In order to win a hardway bet, the even numbers must be rolled in pairs. For example, a hardway 6 is two 3’s. If your number is rolled any other way, you lose. You also lose if a 7 is rolled. Winning pays you 9-1 on the 6 and 8 and 7-1 on the 4 and 10. Hardway bets can be made at any time.

One Roll Bets

Field Bets

With field bets, you are betting on the upcoming roll and that one of the seven numbers will come up. You are paid even money (1-1) on a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 and 2-1 on a 2 or 12. You lose if a 5, 6, 7 or 8 is rolled.

Any Craps

If any craps (2, 3 or 12) is rolled, you are paid 7-1. You lose if any other number is rolled.

Craps 3

Craps 3 pays 15-1 on 3 and loses on any other number.

Craps 2

Craps 2 pays 30-1 on 2 and loses on any other number.

Craps 12

Craps 12 pays 30-1 on 12 and loses on any other number.

Seven

Your bet applies to one roll and pays 4-1 if a 7 is rolled. You lose on any other number.

Eleven

You win only on 11 and are paid 15-1. You lose on any other number.

Horn Bet

A horn bet is a one-roll combination of craps (2, 3, or 12 and 11). You win if any of these numbers are rolled. Bets are wagered and payoffs are made as if each number were 4 different bets. Payoffs are made according to each total minus the three chips that were bet on the other three losing numbers. You lose if any other number is rolled.

Horn High Bet

A horn high bet is a one-roll bet that is placed in units of 5 with 4 units placed as a horn bet and an additional unit placed on either 2, 3, 12 or 11. You lose if any other number is rolled.

Odds

Odds on all craps games are to be decided by Mardi Gras Casino & Resort Management.

Supplemental wagers or “odds” are offered on pass line, don’t pass, come and don’t come bets. When making a pass line or don’t pass bet, an additional wager may be made at any time after the come-out roll to supplement your original wager. When making a come bet or don’t come bet, an additional bet may be made to supplement your original wager after the roll following your original come or don’t come bet.

“Taking odds” are supplemental wagers on pass line and come bets. “Laying odds” are supplemental wagers on don’t pass and don’t come bets. “Taking odds” wagers are paid at true odds-1-2 on 4 and 10, 2-3 on 5 and 9, 6-5 on 6 and 8.

Come bets, hardways, place bets to win and buy bets are “off” any come-out roll unless called “on” by you and confirmed by the dealer.

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