An ancient dice-based game of chance, craps has always been popular in Atlantic City’s retail casinos and is now available online. Seven of the state’s licensed online casinos now spread craps, providing customers with the opportunity to conveniently play in a regulated environment from anywhere in New Jersey.
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Licensed New Jersey Online Craps Operators
Currently, the following seven licensed New Jersey online gambling operators offer craps games:
Although craps would theoretically work just as well on mobile, unfortunately, none of the above online casinos have included the option in their mobile apps. Stay tuned though, we will update accordingly once craps makes the jump.
Why Choose Online Craps?
While you will miss out on the social component, officially licensed and regulated online craps do offer a number of rather significant advantages over their live, brick-and-mortar counterparts.
To begin, the game offers perfect top-down visibility. Players don’t have to push and shove their way around the table to have their bets placed or to see what’s going on.
In the same vein, in a live setting craps can appear confusing and chaotic. If you’ve never played before, a lively game inside the casino may not seem like the best place to learn. While playing online it’s easy to digest the rules and prepare for your next trip to Atlantic City.
Speed and Web Features
The fact that online craps is web-based provides operators the opportunity to offer some features which live casinos cannot. For example, some online craps tables allow players to adjust the table settings to speed up the action or to slow it down. What’s more, some versions let players skip the simulated roll of the dice altogether, jumping straight to the result of the roll.
Making heads and tails of player bets and payouts is a non-factor online, too. The software completes every calculation, right down to the last decimal, in the blink of an eye.
The ability to play faster also provides novice players with the opportunity to place more bets and see more rolls. Thus, while playing online you can gain a familiarity with the game far faster than when playing in-person.
Affordable Wager Limits
The biggest advantage of the online version of the game, however, lies in its affordability. Due to additional costs incurred on personnel and on the physical equipment needed to play the game – not to mention the valuable space taken up on the casino floor – live craps operators have to feature larger minimums on their games. In an online casino on the other hand, the minimum can be as low as $0.50 – as it is at Virgin/Tropicana’s online craps tables.
Bet Against the Shooter
As we’ve touched on before, in-person craps is a social game. When the shooter gets hot and everyone is winning, there are few better times to be had in the casino pit. However, you can bet against the shooter. It won’t be a popular choice with your tablemates, but it is an option that all players have.
When playing online, you can feel free to bet whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want. You don’t have to worry about a room full of disapproving glances for placing a specific bet that counters the vibe of the table. With online craps you’re the only one that’s playing, so wager on anything – judgement free.
Online Craps Basics
While the many betting options available in craps may seem intimidating at first glance, the rules by which the game is played are rather simple. First and foremost, the course of action during a roll is determined by the bet-type one chooses.
Pass Line Bets
The Pass Line bet is the most popular in craps. It can be placed when the game is “off”, before the come out roll. If the come out roll is 7 or 11, the Pass Line pays even money. If craps is rolled (2, 3 or 12), the bet is a loser. If any other number comes up, it becomes the point and the game is “on”. From here on out, the player wins if the point comes up before a 7, and loses if a 7 comes up before the point. If another result comes up, the game remains “on” and another roll follows, until the bet gets settled.
Don’t Pass Bets
The Don’t Pass bet is more or less the opposite of the Pass Line. It too can be placed when the game is “off”, and on the come out roll, it wins if the result is 2 or 3. It loses on 7 and 11, and on 12, it pushes.
After a point is rolled, the player wins if a 7 comes up before the point and loses if the point comes up first.
Come and Don’t Come Bets
The Come and Don’t Come bets are the same as the Pass Line/Don’t Pass bets, with the difference that they can be placed when the game is “on”.
The Odds bets are based on the Pass Line/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come bets too, though they can only be placed once the point has been set. These bets can be removed after every roll.
4, 6, 8, and 10. Those are the Hard Ways, and any bets placed on them must be won… the hard way. If you wager on one of the hard ways it will only pay out if the shooter rolls doubles adding up to your number. 2-2 (4), 3-3 (6), 4-4 (8), or 5-5 (10).
There are of course scores of other betting options, like the Field bets, the Place to Win and Place to Lose bets, the Buy and Lay bets, the Any 7 bet, craps, and the horn.
Playing the game is as simple as buying credits, and then clicking on the chip denominations you want to use as your wager. Clicking on the table, in the section corresponding to the bet-type one intends to make, will essentially launch the wager. The game is played with two dice, the sum of which makes up the result which players attempt to predict. Clicking the “Roll” button will effectively launch the roll and get the action underway.
While the game’s rules are mostly the same across NJ’s online craps tables, there are four different craps software providers operating in the state. We have the Gamesys variant (Tropicana and Virgin), the NYX one (Pala), the Amaya version and the Craps Pro offering.
Some of the aforementioned casinos feature handy demo versions for their craps games as well, through which would-be players can gain a peek into exactly how the game works and what they can expect once they register a real money account.
One such operator is Virgin Casino, whose online craps demo lets players access every feature of the full game, without the need to sign up an account. While the software does actually allow players to use chip denominations as small as $0.10, the minimum bet is $0.50.
Graphics and Special Features
From a visual perspective, all the featured games are smooth, easy on the eyes and easy to understand. Virgin’s version comes with an “Instant” button, which eliminates the simulated rolls, a “Remove” button, which makes it possible for players to take chips back from the table (whenever allowed by the rules), as well as a “Game Rules” section, where all the possible bets and rules are described in detail. The Settings panel allows the on/off toggling of Music, Voice Over and Sound Effects.
Borgata’s version of the game looks slightly different, but the table layout is essentially the same, as are the rules by which the game is played.
Simple Tips for Winning Online Craps
First and foremost, make sure you know all of the rules. Knowing the ins and outs of the game will ultimately help you to be successful while playing craps. Read about the game, watch videos, and most importantly – play. Online casinos offer free demo versions of their craps titles.
You can load the game, try out different bets, roll the dice, and generally get the full craps experience before you bring your cash to the table. There’s no reason not to be prepared.
While there aren’t any strategies that players can employ to actively influence the craps odds in their favor, they can put themselves in the best spot possible by sticking to bets with the smallest house edge.
The Pass Line and the Don’t Pass Line are the wagers with the highest return to player, so they’re a good place to start. Generally speaking it’s a good idea to avoid props. They’ll have glamorous payouts in excess fo 30-1, but trust us – they won’t make you money over the long haul.
Another measure players can take to maximize their payouts is to take advantage of the bonuses offered by regulated online casino operators. The bad news here is that most casinos place qualified games restrictions on their bonuses, and craps is typically left off due to the high RTP on Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets. If you do find a bonus that supports craps, be sure to snap it up.