Casino Strategies for Craps

It is funny really isn’t it, because for all the massive popularity and excitement surrounding casino gambling in the 20th and 21st centuries, it is still actually a very recent phenomenon. Oh yes, before almost half way through the 20th century gambling was illegal in most places in the world, something that the 19th century super casino explosion definitely helped with. Authorities around the world were nervous about the amount of money that casino owners could make, so they ended up banning them altogether!

Even before this, you could easily be mistaken into thinking that casinos have been around since the Ancient Romans, Ancient Greeks or even Ancient Egyptians, but the truth is that the first casino in the world was actually only established in the mid 1600s – visit

In the several hundred years since the formation of casinos the game of craps has become very popular indeed, keep reading for a background on craps, as well as some great casino strategies for craps. 

A background on craps 

Right then, first things first, let’s give a bit of a background on craps. Craps is one of the only casino table games to incorporate a pair of dice, which immediately makes it a pretty exciting proposition for gamblers around the world. Legend has it that an early form of craps was played by Ancient Roman soldiers too using pig’s knuckles as dice, something that makes craps one of the oldest casino games in the world still being played. 

Craps really reached the peak of its popularity in the 1960s and 70s though, as the golden age of Las Vegas casino brought a massive expansion of the gambling industry in America. It is impossible not to be drawn to a game of craps if it is being played on the casino floor, it is fair too exciting to even consider ignoring! 

Step-by-step: How to play craps 

That’s a background of craps out of the way, so now let’s take a better look at how you actually play the game. Compared to incredibly simple games like Dragon Tiger there is a little more to know about with craps, however it still isn’t’ particularly complex. Read on for a brief step-by-step guide on how to play craps: 

  1.       All players around the craps table place their bets on a bet table that is reminiscent of the one that can be found in roulette.
  2.       After everybody has placed their bets it is time for the “shooter” to roll two dice.
  3.       If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 they will win and end the round. 2,3, or 12 will also end the round, however this isn’t always the best outcome.
  4.       If the round continues the shooter will throw the dice again until he hits a 7.

The best casino strategies for craps 

Okay, that’s a very basic overview of how to play craps out of the way, so now let’s get into some craps casino strategies. Here are a few key things to remember: 

  •         The best bets to make are usually the “Don’t Pass Line” and “Don’t Come”.
  •         Avoid the more complex craps “prop bets” you will see on the bet table.

By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the owner of A Hockey World. Contact: