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Craps is one of the most exciting games in the world, but it’s not the easiest to pick up and start playing. There are a few things you have to learn first about how the game works and some of the terminology that comes up. Many of the newer players at Bovada Casino have the same questions about Craps; here are the five most frequently asked questions according to our team at Bovada, answered for your convenience.


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  1. Do I just have to roll 7s like I see on TV and online?
    No. You can win or lose a round of Craps by rolling any number from 2 to 12, depending on the situation. There are many instances where rolling a 7 (the most common result with two standard dice) will cause you to lose, like the situation in the following question.
  2. What does “Buying the Odds” mean?
    After a point is rolled on a Pass Line bet, you can make an additional bet of up to three times that amount (when you play at Bovada); you win the bet if you roll that point again before a 7 comes up. This wager has no house edge. It’s one of the few bets you can make this way at any casino.
  3. What is the Come-Out roll?
    Every round of Craps starts with the come-out roll. If you or the person throwing the dice (the shooter) get a 2, 3 or 12 with your come-out roll on a Pass Line bet, you automatically lose the round. A come-out roll of 7 or 11 (a natural) is an instant winner. Anything else, and a point is established, leading to the second phase of the round.
  4. What’s the difference between the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line?
    The Pass Line bet is the most basic bet in Craps, where you’re hoping for the shooter to win. You can also bet against the shooter with a Don’t Pass bet; in this situation, a 2, 3 or 12 on the come-out roll is good for you, and rolling a 7 or 11 is bad. Each of these two wagers has its own line on the Craps layout where you place your chips.
  5. What Craps bet has the biggest payout?
    If you bet on rolling exactly a 2 (Snake Eyes) and you win, you’ll get paid out at 30:1. The same thing happens when you bet on rolling a 12 (Boxcars). These are the rarest outcomes when you roll a pair of dice, so they also deliver the biggest payouts.


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