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Pass Line: Why You Should Play Craps

If you watch television shows and movies about Las Vegas, you’d think that craps is one of the most popular games in the casino. The camera seems to show roulette, craps, slots, and blackjack, and ignore all other casino games, while ignoring games like baccarat, keno, and video poker, all of which are even more popular than craps. The reason is clear. Visually, it is easy to show a roulette wheel spinning and hitting or missing just the right pocket. It’s easy to show the dice landing just perfectly or exactly wrong. It’s simple to show a slot machine spitting out coins. Since blackjack is well known, it’s not hard to show a blackjack or a bust and have the audience understand exactly what has happened.

In reality, though, craps isn’t nearly as popular as other games. This is probably because craps looks like a very a complicated game. It doesn’t have to be all that complicated, though. If you’re not playing craps, you’re really missing out. If you’re a craps beginner, you can play a simple bet like the pass line bet. It’s an easy bet to play. If the shooter hits seven or eleven on the first roll, you win. Two, three, or twelve is a lose. Any other number becomes the point. Once a point is rolled, the goal is to have it rolled again before the next seven is rolled. Once a point has been called, you can get true odds on additional bets on the point number. This improves your odds by far, so it’s a good idea to take this bet. Take advantage of it to the maximum allowed by the casino and your bankroll.

There seem to be dozens of different types of bets to play in craps. There are boxcars and snake eyes bets. There are single number bets which are for a single roll, and there are single number bets which can be placed on a number being rolled before a seven is rolled. There are also hardway bets, meaning that you wager that the numbers 4,6,8, or 10 will come up as doubles before they come up as another combination on the dice. These seem quite complicated, but you don’t need to play all of these different combinations to enjoy a game of craps. Instead, put your money on the pass line or the don’t pass line and watch the shooter to join the excitement.

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