Is Live Dealer Craps a Difficult Game?

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BetMGM Jun 23, 2023, 2:15 AM

Step right up to the virtual craps table and get ready for an engaging adventure with live dealer craps in an online casino. This rewarding dice-based casino game is now available for you to enjoy without having to leave home. Don’t be put off by the idea that it’s a difficult game — it really isn’t. Continue reading to find out the advantages of playing live craps online.

The History of Craps

The history of craps stretches back to the mysterious civilizations of the Egyptians and the Roman Empire. From there, the dice game spread to Arabia, where it was called Al Dar, literally meaning “dice.” Daring merchants then brought the game to Europe in the 12th century, igniting a fire of excitement that has burned ever since. 

During the Crusades, Sir William of Tyre introduced a game called “Hazarth,” which later resurfaced in French taverns as “Hazard.” As the game took to the streets, players huddled over dice like toads, earning it the quirky name “craps.” With minimal equipment and maximum excitement, craps emerged as a beloved and slightly peculiar game of chance.

Fast forward to the 19th century and this ancient gem made its way to the United States, transforming into the popular casino game now called craps. Ever since then, from the dusty tables of saloons to the glamorous stages of Las Vegas, craps has kept generations of gamblers entertained with its lively dice throws and exhilarating atmosphere.

How To Play Craps

The game’s objective is to bet on the outcome of the rolls of a pair of six-sided dice. There are multiple bets available, each with its own colorful craps terminology.

Pass Line Bet

The most common bet in craps is the “Pass Line” bet. To place this bet, you need to wager before the come-out roll (the first roll of a new round.) If the come-out roll results in a 7 or 11, you win. If it’s a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. Any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) establishes a “point.”


If a point is established, the goal is to roll the point number again before rolling a 7. If you succeed, the Pass Line bet wins. If a 7 is rolled before the point, the bet loses.

Don’t Pass Line Bet

The “Don’t Pass Line” bet is the opposite of the Pass Line bet. It wins if the come-out roll is 2 or 3, loses on 7 or 11 and results in a push (tie) if it’s a 12. Once a point is established, the bet wins if a 7 is rolled before the point.

Other Bets

Craps offers various other betting options, like “Come” and “Don’t Come” bets, “Field” bets and more. These bets have their own specific rules and payouts. It’s worth exploring them as you become more familiar with the game.

Live Dealer Craps

So what’s the deal with live craps online? Instead of being played around a craps table in a brick-and-mortar casino, live dealer craps plays out at a table in a casino studio. Since it’s physically impossible for you to throw the dice yourself, the live dealer will place the dice in a specially-built machine that does the rolling for you. Everything else about the game is the same. There’s nothing too difficult about it. That said, playing craps the live dealer way does have certain advantages.

The Advantages of Live Craps

Live dealer craps is one of the most intriguing casino table games out there, offering an authentic craps experience that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels on any mobile or desktop device. Here are just a few of the advantages.

Interactive Guidance

The live dealer is there to assist and guide you throughout the game. They will explain the rules and betting options and answer any questions you may have. This live interaction can be helpful in understanding the gameplay and gaining confidence.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Craps at a land-based casino can be a rowdy affair, with seasoned players egging each other on and shouting the odds. The live dealer version is much quieter. This gives beginners more time to observe, understand and place their bets without feeling rushed.

Social Interaction

The interactive chat feature allows you to connect with other players. You can ask for advice, share experiences and learn from more experienced players. It creates a supportive and engaging environment to learn one of the more rewarding online casino games.

Lower Minimum Bets

Many online casinos offer lower minimum bets for their live craps tables. This can be beneficial for beginners who want to start with smaller wagers while they get comfortable with the game.

Play Live Craps Online at BetMGM

To get started with live craps online, all you have to do is register at BetMGM. There’s a broad range of live-hosted online casino games so that you can play craps, roulette and online blackjack live dealer games, as well as fun game shows like Crazy Time. All this entertainment is available in the palm of your hand via the mobile app. Step up for fun times at BetMGM.

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