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A Craps Strategy Guide for Online Casino Players

Winning at online craps may seem elusive at first, but there are many basic craps strategies that can rack up winnings at online casinos.

Craps is a simple dice game with various betting strategies, some high risk, high reward and others that always seek the lowest risk bet possible.

Let’s break down some of our best craps strategies for people new to online casinos. We’ve listed these strategies in ascending order, from the one you need to master first, to the strategies often used by the most companionable online craps players.

Don’t get bogged down in theory and play a little online craps with each strategy to fully understand the game.

Strategy #1: Bet on the lowest house edge at all times

This strategy is also known as the “pass line and come bet” strategy. The house has an edge on almost every bet in the casino which can be measured as a percentage.

Pass line and Odds or Come bets have the two lowest house edge percentages. Not just in craps, but throughout the online casino. The Pass Line bet has a house edge of 1.41%. You bet before the shooter throws the come out. This bet pays on a 7 or 11 and fails on a 2, 3 or 12.

After the first roll, if the come out is another number, the pass line pays if that number is rolled again before rolling a 7, i.e. the taker rolls a 6 on the first roll and a another 6 on the second throw, the pass line pays out.

Odds betting

Strategy #1 should place an odds bet after your pass line bet. If the pass line does not pay, wait for the come out to roll a 6 or an 8.

These are the two most common numbers on the dice after seven. Now is the time to use the odds bet. The odds bet is the only 1:1, 0% house edge bet in the entire casino. The odds bet is placed on the table behind your pass line. It usually cannot exceed a specific multiple of your original bet on the pass line.

Now the pass line and betting odds are paid if the shooter raises the come out.

Pass line strategy keys

  • Place the Pass Line bet first.
  • Place an odds bet on your pass line bet if the outcome is a 6 or an 8. Think of this as doubling (or tripling) your original bet.
  • Place minimum pass line bets and small odds bets. Your goal is to keep playing, not to win big all at once.
  • Stick to these two bets and avoid thinking you can “read the dice.” Craps is a game of chance and probability, don’t make the mistake of thinking you know when the numbers are going to come up.

Strategy #2: Field Betting Strategy

This is considered a true strategy and is often referred to as the Iron Cross. Basically, you will place multiple bets to set yourself up to win on any number except seven.

Place a minimum bet on Place 5, 6 and 8, then place a field bet.

Place bets stand until a seven is rolled, and the field bet stands until a shooter craps.

  • This strategy gives you more frequent wins and losses. If you think craps is too slow, the fielding strategy should speed up your returns, but also lose you big on a seven.
  • Contrary to popular belief, this collective strategy does not put the odds in your favor. The house has a 0.44% advantage on multiple tosses. Often you can’t clear bets from the table unless they pay out at many online casinos, locking you into bigger losses if you fail to clear your placed bets.
  • The return on placed bets is 3:2 on your 5-place bet and 5:6 on your 6- and 8-place bets. Field bets offer 1:1 on 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 and 2:1 on 2 and 12. Your payout will be different depending on the dice rolled.
  • The field betting strategy is fun, but can be frustrating to lose on a seven. Betting on the pass line is easier if you’re working with less overall money.

Don’t complicate it too much! You can’t predict numbers, although many craps players believe you can.

It’s a simple game of betting on the number that will come out on the dice.

There is no calculation, only an understanding of probability. Craps strategies are much simpler than blackjack or online poker. So maybe go try a few and see how they feel on some of our favorite sites.

Strategy #3: Martingale Strategy.

Martingale means doubling your stake after each losing bet. Start with a minimum bet, then double it when lost.

If you have an infinite pool of money, this strategy makes sense from a probability and game theory perspective.

It works, but it’s scary. One of the main martingale methods for online craps is to “martingale a number”.

Martingale One Number

‘Martingale one number’ means betting again and again on one of the main bets. You will circle around a number that you think will pay off.

Martingaling a number requires the biggest bankroll, as you will consistently lose, but you bet the payout will make up for your losses. With this bet placed, you always double every lost bet.

For this craps strategy, start with a bet placed on a number. 6 or 8 offers better odds of winning but lower payouts; 4 or 10 gives you bigger payouts but lower odds of winning. Then keep betting on that number until you’ve won more than you expected, and walk away.

Paris Place Martingale

For this craps strategy, you run strategy #1 with an added Martingale component. You simply double your initial minimum bet, while adding the doubling Martingale strategy after each loss.

This has better overall odds than the one number Martingale approach, but as far as craps strategies go, it can be one of the scariest. It works with a bankroll of around $4,000 for most online craps tables.

Don’t use this craps strategy unless you plan to go big at one of our recommended safe online casinos.