How Does Street Craps Stack Up to the Casino?
Recently updated on March 27th, 2023
Many associate craps with a fancy casino, complete with a felted table. Nevertheless, shooting dice is not limited to casino-goers. Street craps, or street dice, allow for a less expensive and entertaining alternative to be played outdoors with friends anywhere.
This version of the game presents various advantages over casino craps, which we will delve into later. However, first, we will explore the rules, steps to play from the casino version of street craps.
What is Street Craps?
Street craps is a game involving two dice, commonly played outside traditional casino settings. Players can gather around various hard surfaces, such as a sidewalk or hardwood floor, to place wagers on the outcome of the dice rolls.
Although the name “street craps” suggests that it can only be played on city streets or country roads, any hard surface will suffice, with the addition of a backboard or wall often used to add randomness to each roll. It’s worth noting that street dice is not currently offered by any land-based or online casino, except for Las Vegas Downtown Grand’s Street Craps, which involves a standard craps table placed on a sidewalk.
How to Play Street Dice
Street dice is a simple game, although it might initially be perplexing. Following these steps, you can easily sail through each round and appear like an expert in no time.
At the start of the game, players have the option to either choose the first shooter or roll for the honors. It’s worth noting that in some cases, the player who initiates the game will act as the initial shooter.
Establishing the Wager
Before the game begins, the players must agree on the stakes for the game. For instance, they might decide to wager $1 per round. In some instances, players may choose to match the size of the shooter’s bet.
Each player must place the agree wager to participate in a round. If all players agree, some “house rules” may offer additional side bets beyond the typical pass and don’t pass bets.
Rolling the Diced
After the betting round, the shooter needs to roll the dice. In many games, the shooter tosses the dice toward a wall, which helps randomize the rolls.
Determining the Outcome of the First Roll
A round can end on the first roll if the dice result in a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12. If the roll is a 7 or 11, pass bets win, while don’t pass bets win if the roll is a 2 or 3. A roll of 12 is a push. Any other roll sets a point.
Establishing a Point
If the first roll doesn’t end the round, the shooter establishes a point by rolling a 4, 5, 6, 8, or 10. The shooter must then roll the point before rolling a 7 to win pass bets or roll a 7 before the point to win don’t pass wagers.
Once all results are determined, players must pay the winners and collect money from the losers. Winners receive their payouts based on true odds, meaning no house edge is involved.
Passing the Dice
Typically, the winning shooter keeps the dice and continues to roll in the next round. However, some groups may pass the dice clockwise for the next round, regardless of wins and losses.