Online Craps Variations and Odds

Craps has a long and disputed history, but its origin in the United States can be traced back to one Jean-Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville. In 1807, the nobleman introduced the game to Louisiana, which was quickly picked up by the "common folk" despite being shunned by his fellow noblemen. The game evolved over the centuries into the many forms in which we play it today. Below, we take a look at these variations and their different rules and odds.

Simplified Craps

Simplified craps is a simple version of the regular craps version you would find here and on other online sites. You lose if you roll a 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 and win if you roll a 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, or 12 – it is that simple. But you should be careful when playing this game because the house has a 2.8 percent edge.

High Point Craps

High point craps is a popular craps variant. You win if you roll an 11 or 12. If you roll a 2 or 3, the result is ignored, and you can roll again. After a winning roll, every other total is counted as a Point, and you must roll a higher total to win. The house has a slightly lower edge at 2.35 percent, which is still high.

Crapless Craps

Crapless craps is also known as bastard craps and is very common in Las Vegas. It involves a shooter who rolls the come-out throw or first throw. In this version, a come-out roll of 2, 3, 11, or 12 is a Point, and you win if you roll the same number before a 7. 7 is thus a winner as a come-out. The house has an edge of between 1.41 and 5.38 percent in crapless craps.

New York Craps

New York craps is so unique that the game is played on a different-design table. Known as the double-end-dealer table, this version of the craps table does not include the come and don’t come betting areas. You cannot, therefore, place these two bets. You can, however, bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. You win if your number is rolled and lose if it is not.

Die Rich Craps

Die rich craps are only played with one dice rolled inside a cup. The shooter places a Pass Line bet and then rolls the come-out. A 6 is an automatic win, and a 1 is an automatic loss. If the shooter rolls any other number, it becomes the Point number, and they can roll thrice. If the Point does not come out within three tries, the shooter loses their bet.

Diceless Craps

As the name suggests, diceless craps is played without dice. The dice are replaced with a deck of playing cards, which dictate the Points. Diceless craps was invented for gamers in jurisdictions where the use of dice in gambling activity is prohibited.

Wrapping Up: Which Is the Best Variant for You?

The variant you end up playing will depend on several factors, including your budget and experience level. If you are a beginner, consider simple variations with a low house edge, like conventional craps, die rich craps, and simplified craps. But if you are experienced and need a bigger thrill, consider high point craps. Many gamers generally avoid crapless craps because the house edge can rise to as high as 5.4 percent. Otherwise, consider all the variations and find one that works for you.

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