Online Craps Guide
Craps used to be the most popular table game found in American casinos but has recently fallen to third, after slot machines and Blackjack. It is a dice game that can seem intimidating to new players due to the number of bets available on a Craps table, however, most of these bets are not important to players and usually offer bad odds. All players need to care about in a game of Craps is the sum of the two numbers shown on the dice rolled.
Craps made its way into Pennsylvania casinos ten years ago and can now be found on most online casinos as they launch in the Keystone state. Pennsylvania online craps is a great way for new players to learn the game as there is no timer, so players can go at their own pace. PA online casinos that offer online craps start with a minimum bet of $1 and keep the format similar to the video craps found on the Pennsylvania casino floors.
How to Play Online Craps in Pennsylvania
Online Craps is played and looks the same as in the land-based casinos. The players, also known as the “shooters,” place bets on the two dice and what the sum will be once they are rolled.
- Players start by placing their chips on the bet they would like to make. A minimum bet must be placed on either the pass line or the don’t pass line, by the shooter.
- Players take turns rolling the dice after the shooter starts with a “come out roll.”
- If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, then that number becomes the point and players who bet on the “Pass Line” want this number to repeat before a 7 is rolled. Players who bet on “Don’t Pass” want to see a 7 rolled before the point.
- If a 7 or 11 is rolled, the “Pass Line” wins, and if a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled then the “Pass Line” loses.
- If a 2 or a 3 is rolled, the “Don’t Pass” wins, and if a 7 or 11 is rolled then the “Don’t Pass” loses.
- This goes on until the shooter loses, and players switch who the shooter is while continuing to place the minimum bet.
Online Craps Popular Bets
Online craps have many different options for bet placements, and the following is a list of the most popular types of bets.
- Pass Line: This bet is considered to be the easiest in craps; if a player wagers on the pass line then they are hoping a 7 or 11 will be rolled during the come-out roll and have their money doubled.
- Don’t Pass Line: The bet opposite of Pass Line, those who wager on Don’t Pass will want the shooter to roll a 2, 3, or 12 causing them to crap out.
- Come Bets: This bet is similar to a Pass Line and can be placed any time after a point has been made. A Come Bet is won if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 and is lost if a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled by the shooter.
- Don’t Come Bets: The opposite of a "Come Bet", but can also be placed after a point has been established. These bets win if the shooter rolls a 2 or a 3 and if another number is rolled then that becomes the point, in which case a 7 needs to be rolled for the "Don’t Come" to win the bet.
- Odds Bets: This is a bet that can only be placed once all the other types of bets have been wagered on. If a player has placed a bet on a Pass or Come then they are “taking odds” and if the bet has been placed on Don’t Pass or Don’t Come then it is “laying odds.” An odd bet can be placed whenever the player chooses to do so and can be increased or decreased at any point in the game.
Online Casino Craps Pennsylvania
Online casinos in Pennsylvania will not all offer online craps, but the ones that do/will, will have a demo mode available which will help new players learn the game and bets associated with it, before risking their own money.
The rules in Pennsylvania for online casinos state that in a “point round” of online craps, a 3-4-5x odds is used which means a variety of multiples available for “Pass Line” bets.
Players can access online craps through the PA online casino site and see the size of the screen adjust accordingly to the desktop or mobile device. There are no live dealer options for online craps yet but it is expected to launch soon in Pennsylvania as more casinos go online.
Online Craps Payment Methods
Online casinos in Pennsylvania offer players a number of ways to wager their money on online craps, including:
- Casino Cage
- Prepaid Cards
- Bill Pay
- Bank wire
Playing craps online through PA casinos has a few advantages over playing in the brick and mortar; online payments are fast and secure, and players can go at their own pace during the game which takes off a lot of pressure for newbies who are just learning. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board monitors and thoroughly tests all games before they enter any casinos online library in the state so players can rest assured that the games are fair and strictly monitored. Seeing how fast online casinos are growing in the state with the recent legalization, it would come as a surprise if a big company decided to risk it all over a game of online craps.