Guide for Online Craps New Jersey

Online Craps is one of the most interesting games in the online casinos of New Jersey. Seemingly daunting at first, online Craps presents you many distinct types of bets. Understanding the basic rules and strategies is vital to give yourself the best possible odds. 

In land-based casinos all over the country, the cheers and shouts surrounding the craps table are hard to miss. With the transfer over to online casinos, you can now enjoy this bustling game on the device of your choice, carrying just as much excitement with it.

Whether you are completely new to the game or you have played before, but just want to refresh your knowledge, this is the right guide for you. Here at Casino New Jersey, we will teach you all the basic rules of online craps in this article.

History of Online Craps

Dating back all the way to medieval times. Craps, known as “Hazard” at the time, finds its roots in England after Arabic merchants brought the game over. Because it requires minimal equipment, craps turned into a “street game”, where it became really popular. 

The game moved to the United States in the 19th century. It went through many different versions in the following century. The version of the game as we know it today was made in 1907, by John H. Winn. 

Craps skyrocketed in popularity during and after the second world war, where soldiers played the game as a pastime. Adding to that, the explosion of Las Vegas gambling lent even more popularity to the game.

Online Craps Rules

To understand the rules of online craps is to understand the types of bets that you can play. We only explain the most important bets you can make, disregarding the side bets for now, which have a much smaller house edge. 

With online craps, you bet on the outcome of a dice roll. A pair of six-sided dice are thrown by the “shooter”. The first round of betting is done just before the dice are rolled.

A new round of craps begins when you place either a pass line or don’t pass line bet. This first bet is obligatory for each player wanting to join the action in the next round.

  • Pass bet – This is a bet that most newcomers need to start with. Betting on the pass line, you are looking for a 7 or 11 with the very first roll, also named the “come-out roll”. If instead, a 2, 3 or 12 (the craps numbers) is thrown, all bets on the pass line lose. 

When any of the other possible numbers (4,5,6,8,9 or 10) is thrown the point number is then established. This is when the next phase starts and other bets start coming into play. The round continues until the shooter rolls either the point number or a 7. Pass bets will win when the point number is rolled before the 7. 

The pass bet is only made before the come-out roll and has a house edge of 1.41%. It is considered the most fundamental bet in craps and the majority of the players will bet the pass.

  • Odds – Craps has a unique position because it contains a type of bet without any house edge. After making the pass line bet, and when the point has been established, you can make an additional side wager that the point number will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.

Because of the odds of hitting these numbers and the payout (seen below) that they give you, there is absolutely no house edge. 

  • 2 to 1 on point numbers 4 and 10
  • 3 to 2 on point numbers 5 and 9
  • 6 to 5 on point numbers 6 and 8

To make one of these bets, place it behind your pass line bet after the come-out roll. In most casinos, you will find that there is a maximum to the amount you can bet on odds. 

  • Come bet – A come bet is similar to a pass line bet with the exception that you can only bet it after the come-out roll has been made and the point number is established. When you hit a 7 or 11 the come bet wins, and a craps number, 2, 3 or 12 will mean a loss. Any other number will result in a come point number. The round will only end if the original point number is hit or a 7 comes up. So you can play as many come bets as you would like. 
  • Don’t pass bet – Less popular than the pass line bet, it is actually the opposite of the pass line bet. Losing on the numbers 7 and 11, while 2 or 3 results in a win. Hitting the other craps number, 12, makes the hand a “push” and you won’t win or lose anything.
  • Don’t come bet – The exact opposite of the come bet, this bet is made after the come-out roll. You will lose when a 7 or 11 hits and win on a 2 or 3. Once again, if a 12 is thrown, this will be a push and you will receive your money back. Any other number will establish a don’t come point number. If a 7 is rolled before the don’t come point number, you win!

Besides these bets, there are many more side bets which you can place, such as single-roll bets, field bets, hop bets and place bets. While all of them offer you interesting new ways to play the game. Getting these basic bets down and knowing how to use them properly is crucial to get you started with online craps!

Online Craps Tips & Tricks

With online craps, there is a big discrepancy in the quality of the multiple betting choices. There are choices where you can minimize the house-edge drastically, while others give you great odds, but the chance of winning is tiny. 

Few games in the casinos put such an importance on knowing your chances like the game of craps. Online casinos are businesses and as such, they are always looking to profit off the players. They are dependent on some people going for some of the more attractive looking wagers, while in actuality these are the worst bets to go for. 

What To Bet On In Online Craps

The best places to wager your money on the table are the following bets:

  • Pass / Don’t Pass
  • Come / Don’t Come

All of them offer quite respectable house edges of around 1.4%. These house edges can be brought down even further with Odds bets. Placing odds on your original bet will lower the house edge to 0.8%. Double odds make that 0.6%. Each time you add to your odds bets you are lowering the house edge, what more do you want?

Here at Casino New Jersey we highly recommend you to put your money on odds bets, which gives you the best chance of beating the casino! Make sure to check what amount of money you can add to the odds bet, as this varies from table to table. 

Other Bets In Online Craps

Some other bets on the table have a house edge greater than the aforementioned 4 bets. Still willing to risk it for the glory? Here are some of them:

  • Field bets – One roll only bet for hitting the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. All the numbers pay even money except 2 and 12, which pay 2 to 1 and 3 to 1 respectively. The house edge is 5.55% for these bets.
  • Big 6 or Big 8 – Here you are betting on either the 6 or 8 being rolled before a 7. This bet pays even money and has a house edge of 9%! Because of this extremely high house edge, we do not advise placing this bet.
  • Proposition bets – Also one roll bets which have very specific winning conditions. The pay you could get from them is fantastic, ranging from 4 to 1, to a staggering 30 to 1. The chance of you getting them is also astronomically high, which makes these bets have house edges from 7 to 16%. 


Are there any craps variations?

Besides the occasional variance in payouts for certain bets, you will find it hard to locate a different version of the game. Some countries use a card system instead of dice because dice are illegal in that particular country.

Does craps require skill or luck?

Craps does not require any strategy or skill to improve your odds of winning. It’s a game based on pure luck.

Can I play online craps for free?

You can play online craps at many online casinos in New Jersey for free. A great opportunity for you to start practicing and perfecting your craps game!