Dice is an exciting, fast-action game that often creates bursts of cheers throughout the casino. Although the game may look difficult, this guide will help any player understand the different bets that can be made on the dice table.
One player, the "shooter," throws the dice. All wagers must be placed before the shooter throws the dice. You don't have to roll the dice to win at this game. The dice are passed around the table and you may continue to bet while the other players roll. The types of wagers that can be made are:
An even money bet. Bet $5, win $5. You win if the first roll (the come out roll) is either a 7 or 11 (a "natural), and lose if the first roll is a 2, 3 or 12 ("craps"). Any other number rolled is called the "point." A puck is placed on the point number and that point must be thrown again to win. After the point has been established, 7 is a losing roll.
Don't Pass Line
The opposite of the pass line. If the first roll is a natural, you lose. If it comes up craps, you win (except for a 12). After the point is established, the dice must roll 7 before the rolling the point for you to win.
Once a point is established, you may make an additional bet on the odds that the point will be rolled before a 7. The payoffs on "odds" bets are different for each point: odds on 4 and 10 pay 2-to-1, odds on 5 and 9 pay 3-to-2, and odds on 6 and 8 pay 6-to-5. "Don't pass" or "don't come" odds are the opposite. You must lay the odds in order to win.
An even money bet with the same rules as the pass line. Come bets can be made any time after the point has been established. 7 and 11 wins; 2, 3 and 12 lose. Any number that comes up before the point must be rolled again for the come bet to win.
Don't Come Bets
The opposite of come bets. 2 and 3 win (12 is a push); 7 or 11 lose. When any other number is thrown, the dice must roll a 7 before rolling that number for you to win.
After the point has been established, you can then make a place bet one any number. When you do this, you're betting that number will be rolled before a 7 is rolled. Place bets pay different odds depending on the number: 4 and 10 pay 9-to-5; 5 and 9 pay 7-to-5; and 6 and 8 pay 7-to-6.
A field bet is a one-roll wager. A 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 wins even money. A 2 wins 2-to-1. A 12 wins 3-to-1.
Proposition bets can be made on any one roll of the dice. You make this bet by throwing your bet to the stickperson (the dealer controlling the dice) in the center of the table.
Hard way wagers bet that a given pair will be rolled before a 7 or a "soft" version of that pair's total. (Ex. 2 and 2 = a hard 4, whereas 3 and 1 = a soft 4). Hard 4 and 10 pay 7-to-1; hard 6 and 8 pay 9-to-1.