It seems that there are infinite variations of craps. Indeed, this game has been around for a long time and is not always played only in casinos. It is sometimes played in the streets of certain neighborhoods and this gives rise to all sorts of “adaptations” that sometimes reintegrate the official versions. In short, more than an article, it is a complete book that should be written to adequately present this constantly evolving game. For the time being, we have chosen 7 versions of the game.
High Point Craps
Here, if you roll 11 or 12 with a single roll of the dice, you win! It’s automatic. Moreover, since only the “high points” are retained here, the results of 2 or 3 are ignored.
In this version, the house advantage is 2.35%.
Here, we have tried to simplify Craps as much as possible.
- There are winning games: 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 and 12.
- And there are losing games: 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
For this variant, the house advantage is 2.8%.
Before going any further, let’s first point out that when playing this version of Craps, the house advantage rises to 5.38%.
For those of you who are still there despite the announcement of this truly astounding percentage, be aware that when you get a Craps 2, 3, or 12 or a natural 11 in this version, they become the point. On the other hand, only a natural 7 can cause a player to lose the initial roll.
New York Craps
Of course, this version of craps is found on the east coast of the United States, but also in England. What varies here is the game table which has a dealer at each end.
In addition, “place” bets are prohibited.
This is not called a house advantage, but the casino does charge a 5% commission on each winnings.
This variant is named after the famous expert in card handling : John Scarne.
Here, the “come” and “no come” bets disappear.
We point out this version of craps only for information since it is clandestine. It is only played privately. The reason for such secrecy is that the stakes are often higher than casinos can tolerate.
Bets are made directly between players or through a broker, also known as a bookmaker.
It’s illegal craps, street craps. Here, no dealer, no casino, the players settle among themselves. The rules are not always fixed. You can win it all… or lose it all. It is strongly discouraged to indulge in this version of craps. Craps tables in land-based or virtual casinos will give you much more fun without taking any risks.