Bitcoin Craps: Making Sense of this Casino Classic

When it comes to classic casino games, craps is right up there for sure. Played around the world for centuries, craps is serious players’ game of choice when looking for something that combines skill, variety and entertainment. Yes, we’ll admit that certain parts of the game are more complex than a slot machine, where all you have to do is hit the bet button. However, we’re here to show you that it’s actually an easy game to master – and a very entertaining one to play – once you’ve learned the basics.

As you’d expect, betting with Bitcoin makes everything better. But, even without the help of our favourite digital currency, craps is still a great game for players of all skill levels. So, like a giant torch in the dark, we’re going to shine a light on craps and everything it has to offer you as a Bitcoin bettor.

Talking a Load of Craps

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Like any casino game, craps has some words and phrases that instantly stick out as odd. In fact, compared to other games, craps has a few more phrases than the rest and, as weird as they might sound, they’re actually important and quite useful to know. With this in mind, we’ve picked out some of the words and phrases you’ll want to know before you rush off and start rolling dice like a pro:

  • Come out roll: This is the first roll of the dice.
  • Crap out: 2, 3 or 12 are rolled on the come out roll.
  • Big 6 and Big 8: A bet on 6 or an 8 appearing before a 7.
  • Backline: The Don’t Pass Line.
  • Insurance Bet: Two or more bets that will ensure you hit at least one winner.
  • Buy bet: A bet with a 5% tax.

The Basics of Bitcoin Craps

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A standard game of Bitcoin craps involves three key elements: the come out roll, the point and, of course, Bitcoins. Now, before we dive head first into the basics rules of the game, let’s quickly take a look at what Bitcoin is and how it can improve a game of craps.

In reality, craps has been played with anything of value since it evolved from the game of Hazard around the 11th century. Naturally, back when the game was in its infancy and pounds and Euros weren’t even a twinkle in a government’s eye, other currencies were used. Of course, as the game has evolved and moved with the times, we’re now used to seeing craps played with US dollars or GBP and EUR online.

Bitcoin joins the action

But, just like these currencies haven’t always had the monopoly on craps, things have changed again thanks to Bitcoin. Although Bitcoin craps might be a relatively new idea for some, it’s probably right to call it the next evolutionary step for the game. Just as it transitioned from ancient currencies to modern ones at the turn of the last century, it’s now embracing the latest payment method to hit the market.

At this point we’ll slow things down and not talk about the benefit of Bitcoin betting just yet. However, we can tell you at this stage that Bitcoin is not only dragging craps into the 21st century, but it’s actually making a safer, more efficient game for every online player out there. Before we get into that a bit more, let’s have a look at the basic rules of craps.

The Aim: The basic aim of craps is to correctly predict the outcome of a dice roll (two dice) before the end of the round. It’s possible to win multiple times before the end of a round, but the one point to note is that certain things will stop the action at certain times. The main point to remember – no matter what stage of the game you’re in – is that you’re trying to predict how the dice will fall in a similar way you would if you playing roulette.

Stage One – The come out roll: The come out roll is the first stage of the game (the first roll of the dice) and during this roll all pass line bets win if a 7 or 11 is rolled. If a 7 or 11 isn’t rolled, a 2, 3 or 12 is known as “craps”. When this happens, you’ll lose your pass line bet and the betting round will come to an end.

Finally, if any other number is rolled, the number shown becomes “the point” and you enter the second stage of the game.

Stage Two – The point: Assuming you haven’t won (rolled a 7 or 11) or lost (craps rolled) during the come out roll, the game moves to stage two and the aim is to place bets on the right “point” numbers. In short, the aim of “stage two” is to avoid a 7 or 11 while trying to make money from betting on any other possible number (point numbers).

That, in a nutshell, is the way craps works. Yes, there are some bets you’ll need to know to which we’ll come in a minute, but the main premise is all about picking the right numbers at the right times. Naturally, the switch in value of 7 and 11 is what often confuses players, but if you break the game down into two stages as we’ve done, you should find that keeping track of the action is a lot easier.

Bitcoin Craps Betting: Where to Place Your Chips

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Before we give you some top tips for craps, you’ll already know the only way you can win is to place a bet. So what bets can you make? Although you’ll naturally favour certain bets as you become a Bitcoin craps pro, here is a quick overview of the top ten bets you can make at the table:

  1. Pass Line Bet: A come out roll bet that pays an even money payout if a 7 or 11 is rolled.
  2. Pass Line Odds Bets: These bets win if the point is rolled before a 7 during the come out roll and work in the following ways:
  • 2:1 return if a 4 or 10 is rolled
  • 3:2 return if a 5 or 9 is rolled
  • 6:5 return if a 6 or 8 is rolled
  1. Don’t Pass Line Bet: The opposite of a pass line bet that pays even money if a 2 or 3 is rolled. If a 12 is rolled you “draw” and get your stake back. Finally, if a point is established, you win if a 7 is rolled during stage two (you also lose if the point is rolled).
  2. Come Bet: Similar to the pass line bet, the come bet is made during stage two of a game and it pays even money if a 7 or 11 is rolled but loses if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled.
  3. Don’t Come Bet: The opposite of the come bet, you’ll win an even money payout if a 2 or 3 is rolled but lose when a 7 or 11 appears. On top of that, a 12 is a push.
  4. Place Bets: Active during the point and operating in the following way:
  • 9:5 return if a 4 or 10 is rolled
  • 7:5 return if 5 or 9 is rolled
  • 7:6 return if 6 or 8 is rolled
  1. Buy Bets: Buy bets can be placed at any time on any of the points and wins if the point is rolled before a 7. Returns are listed below, but remember that the house will take 5% commission on each buy bet win:
  • 2:1 return if a 4 or 10 is rolled
  • 3:2 return if a 5 or 9 is rolled
  • 6:5 return if a 6 or 8 is rolled
  1. Big 6 and 8: Bets on this option will pay even money if a 6 or 8 is rolled before a 7.
  2. Field Bet: If you make this bet, you’ll win even money if a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 is rolled. If a 2 or 12 appears, you’ll get 2:1 on your money.
  3. Any Craps: Use this bet to earn 7:1 on your bet if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled.

Why Do We Need Bitcoin?

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OK, at this stage you should be relatively clear about the rules of craps. We’ve given you the means to talk the talk and an overview of the rules and bets so you can walk the walk, but the one thing we haven’t really addressed is Bitcoin’s role in all of this. Why, when there are plenty of other currencies out there, would you want to join us on our mission to make Bitcoin betting and, more specifically, Bitcoin craps a “thing”.

Before we leave you with our top three tips for staying ahead of the craps curve, here are three reasons Bitcoin makes everything better:

Deposits are Better

Bitcoin was designed to be an online currency, which means that it’s not only a more secure way to pay, but a more efficient way to pay. When you make a deposit on our site, you won’t have to input any personal details, which already means you’re one step ahead of any cybercriminals out there. On top of this, the transfer processes is quickly verified and recorded by a sophisticated system called the blockchain, which means there’s an accurate record of everything. The end result is that you’re protected at every stage of the process.

Bonuses are Better

Here at Vegas Casino we’ve got a ton of daily deals and monthly bonuses for our players. Because we don’t have to worry as much about chargebacks and financial issues in the same way “traditional” sites do (Bitcoin transactions can’t be reversed like a credit card payment can), we have scope to give you more. With more money flowing through the system, we’re free to come up with new and exciting offers that not only boost your bankroll, but make your whole experience more entertaining.

Access is Better

The beauty of collecting your winnings in Bitcoin is that it exists online. So, once you’ve withdrawn your funds to your personal Bitcoin wallet, the money is always there ready to be used. In fact, because more businesses are starting to accept Bitcoin, having some currency online will make it easier for you to buy things.

Top Tips for Bitcoin Craps Success

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The only thing that’s left for us to do now is give you a few quick tips on how to thrive at the tables. Of course, as with any casino strategy, nothing is ever guaranteed. But, if you follow the three tips below, you should have a much better chance of adding some weight to your bankroll when you play Bitcoin craps:

  1. Learn to Manage Your Money: Don’t spend more than you can afford! It’s that simple. As a general rule, you shouldn’t ever take more than 5% of your bankroll into a single session of Bitcoin craps. For example, if you’ve got 1,000 mBTC in your account, the most you should be sitting down with is 50 mBTC.
  2. Don’t Get Sold on Buy Bets: Buy bets are great because they offer strong returns and allow you to cover some common numbers. However, it’s important to remember that these bets come with a 5% premium which will eat into your profit. So, if you’re going to use these bets, make sure you do so sparingly.
  3. Be Odd: Odds bets can be highly lucrative if you combine them with pass line bets because you’ll basically be covering all but three possible totals on the board. To place an odds bet, you’ll have to stake twice your pass line bet behind the pass line.

That’s it, that’s about all you need to know about Bitcoin craps. Hopefully we’ve shown you that the game isn’t all that scary and, assuming you can get to grips with a few subtle twists, you’ll agree that it’s a highly entertaining betting game.