The Different Types of Craps Games Explained

Craps Games ExplainedCraps games tend to follow the same rules regardless of where you play, but there are a number of craps variants that crop up online and in land-based casinos.

In case you’re looking for something a bit exotic, you might want to give one of the following craps games a try.

Bastard Craps – In this version, the player can bet on a 2, 3, 11, or 12 before the 7 is thrown. The 3 and 11 have odds of 11:4 and a house edge of 6.25%, while the 2 and 12 have odds of 11:2 and a house edge of 7.143%. The house has a much greater edge in this version of the game, so anyone searching for profitable craps games is advised to stay away.

Bank Craps – In this craps variation, players are allowed to bet for or against the shooter, but they cannot bet against one another. This game is also known as Las Vegas craps, and it’s the most commonly played types of craps around the globe.

High Point Craps – Depending on the house rules, the player must achieve a point total higher than 11 or 12. A roll of 2 or 3 on the first roll is not considered craps, although an 11 or 12 is considered an automatic win. Rolling a 2 or 3 on the first roll results in a re-roll. If any other number is rolled, that roll becomes the point. On the next roll, the player must roll higher than the point to win.

11 Point – This craps variant makes 11 a point number instead of a natural on the come-out roll. The house edge for the pass line and come wagers on this variant are 9.75%. Line bets still pay even money, and making the point on pass/come bets pays 3:1. In cases where the 12 pays 3:1, another variant allows 11 to pay 2:1 on the field.

New York Craps – While popular on the East coast, this craps game offers a higher house edge than the variety played in Las Vegas and most other locations. Come or Don’t Come bets are not allowed, and even the craps table is different. Players make wagers on box numbers such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

No Big 6 or Big 8 – Players are not allowed to place Big 6 or Big 8 wagers. In fact, these bets are prohibited by law in Atlantic City.

Die Rich Craps – Not found in casinos, this craps variant is only played with a single die. Players are able to make bets against the book, often with 5 to 7 percent of the wager being kept as vigorish. This version is also known as Money Craps or Fading Craps.

Simplified Craps – Not all craps games have to be complicated. In this variant, the shooter wins by rolling a 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, or 12. If a 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 is rolled, then the player loses. The house edge on this version is 2.8%.

While I normally stick to the most accepted version, I’m not opposed to trying different craps games on occasion. I find that it forces me to think about the game in a different way, which can only improve my skills in the long run.