One of the best parts of going on holiday is experiencing something new. If your holiday plans include an area that has a casino, a visit should definitely be on your list.

The casino floor is packed with table games and slots and always seems to be humming with excitement and sense of adventure. If you stop and listen for a few minutes, often you will hear the sounds of a group of people that are obviously having a great time.  Odds are that if you follow that sound you will find yourself at a craps table.

Craps is one of the more exciting and action packed games on the casino floor.  The fact that chips seem to be flying all over the place and that they dealers and players seem to be in constant motion is sometimes intimidating to new players.

Craps is actually an easy game to play and definitely worth a try due to the low house edge coupled with a fun environment.  Here are some basic tips to get you started.

Make a pass line bet – Your first bet is a pass line bet. You make this bet when the puck on the table is turned to “OFF.”  The player with the dice will roll to determine the point. This is called “coming out.”  A roll of 7 or 11 is a winner. A roll of 2, 3, or 12 loses. Any other number becomes the point. The shooter must roll that number again before rolling a 7.

Take the odds – If you look at the table you will see players placing chips behind their pass line bets. These are called the absolute best craps betting strategy, odds bet.  This is absolutely the best bet you will find anywhere in the casino, as they pay true odds with no house edge. You should always take maximum odds. The table card will list what odds are available. For example if the table allows for “double odds” you can wager twice the amount of your pass line bet.  When the point is rolled, you will be paid even money on your pass line bet and the true odds (6-to-5 on 6 and 8, 3-to-2 on 5 and 9, 2-to-1 on 4 and 10) on your odds bet.

Place the 6 and 8 – You can make a bet on any number. To do so you simply place some chips in the center of the table and tell the dealer what number you would like.  The 6 and 8 are the numbers most likely to be rolled (other than a 7) and are a great bet.  Both of number pays 7 –to-6, meaning that if you make a 6.00 bet you will be paid 7.00 each time the number rolls. The bet stays up until you take it down or the shooter rolls a 7.  Since the odds are so good, you should always place the 6 and 8.

Some bets to avoid – The table is loaded with some bets that look very attractive due to the odds or the amount of numbers that win.  This includes the “hard way” bets, the 2,3,11, 12, and the “field.”  The house edge is very high on these bets. While there are certain times and strategies for making this bets, in general you should avoid them, especially if this is one of your first times playing.

When you find a hot table there is no game more exciting than craps.  Following theses simple guidelines is a great way to start playing. A turn at the craps table will definitely be fun and hopefully profitable.