An online craps table is divided into two main sections, a center section and the side sections. Since a craps table in a land-based casino tends to be pretty big, there are two identical side sections, each catered to by a different dealer. The center section is handled by yet another dealer – the so-called stickman.
The side sections include the so-called self-service area where players can handle their own bets just by placing their chips on the bet they want to place. Those bets include pass, don’t pass and field bet. If winnings are generated from those bets, the dealer will place them next to the player’s chips and it is the player’s responsibility to remove them, otherwise they’ll just stay there for the next throw.
The point boxes with the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 on the other hand are the dealer’s responsibility and the players need to request the dealer if they want to place a bet on any of those. Finally, there’re the come and don’t come fields which are also the dealer’s responsibility.
The center section only exists once on each table and all players share it, regardless where on the table they’re standing (that is obviously something that doesn’t really have any effect in online craps).
So-called proposition bets are placed in the center section and to place them, the players have to go through the stickman at all times by telling him which bets they like to place.
Understanding the Order of Play
A round of craps plays out like this:
- The shooter selects two dice that he/she wants to roll.
- The shooter makes a pass line bet and so do the other players on the table.
- The shooter throws the dice for the first time, thus creating the come out roll.
- After the come out roll, other bets can be placed on the next roll(s).
- A round ends when the shooter throws another 7 or 11.