No one can say weather craps game is simple or difficult one. In fact it depends mostly on your decision what bets to place. In general, craps game is played by several players, one of which rolls the dice and is usually called the "shooter". According to the craps rules at first all the players make come up or don't come up bets and then the shooter rolls the dice.
Before the very first roll called the "come out roll" the players make "pass line bets". The result of this betting is defined by the come out roll result. If the come out roll is 7 or 11 pass line bets are winners, in case it is 2, 3, or 12 these bets are losers. All the rest numbers that may come up (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10) are called the "point". In case of this numbers the shooter has to re-roll the dice until the "point" number or a 7 falls out. The pass line bets are the winners when the point numbers appear the first (before 7). Otherwise, they are losers. The betting result can be determined only if these numbers come up, but if not, the game will continue all night. On one hand, it can seem a bit confusing, on the other, it is a real fun!
The basic craps rules deal with the types of bets a player is offered to place in craps game. Below there is description of these bets and their payouts.
These bets are winning when a 7 or 11 appears in the first come out roll. When a 2, 3, or 12 comes up Pass Line Bets are losing. One of the remaining numbers that appears becomes the point and the dice are rolled again. If the point is produced with the next roll before 7 the bets win, otherwise they lose. Payout is 1 to 1.
On the contrary to the Pass Line Bets these bets are considered to be winning when 2 or 3 appears. If the come out roll is 7 or 11 Pass Line Bets are losing. The situation when a 12 comes up is called "push" and the player gets his money back. If the other numbers are rolled they again become the point and the shooter re-rolls the dice. Then Don't Pass Line bets win if a 7 comes up before the point, they lose if the point is produced first. It is worth mentioning that according to the craps rules the Don't Pass Line Bets can be changed or even taken off the table when the shooter rolls the dice for the second time. Payout is 1 to 1.
Come bets are similar to the Pass Line Bets. They are placed when the point is established. And as in case of Pass Line bets these bets are winning if the next roll is 7 or 11, if it is 2, 3, or 12 the bets are losing. The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 become the "come point". When the shooter re-rolls the dice and the come point appears before a 7 Come Bets win, otherwise they lose. Payout is 1 to 1.
It is obvious that Don't Come Bets are similar to the Don't Pass Line Bets. As the craps rules say they are made after the first come out roll. After the point has been established these bets are winners if 2 or 3 comes up, losers if 7 or 11 appears, and they become push if the shooter's next roll is 12. Again all remaining numbers turn into the come point. If in the shooter's next roll a 7 appears the bets win, otherwise they lose. Craps rules state that the Don't Come Bets can also be changed or removed. Payout is 1 to 1.
Knowing these basic rules you are ready to start practicing.