Craps is mostly a game of chance – no one can predict where the dice will fall or which bets will win and which will lose when they are playing. In craps, however, not all bets are created equal because not all outcomes have the same chance of occuring at the same time. It is these variances, as well as the resulting differences in the house edge, that can assist players in making the best decisions possible.
As part of our craps strategy guide, we explain the advantages of placing bets that have a reduced house edge as a means of increasing your odds of winning money. As we progress through this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the many practical decisions you may make when it comes to betting, as well as how math plays a role in those decisions.
Dice combinations are used in this game.
Craps is played with a pair of six-sided dice, which are thrown by the shooter in each round. The outcomes of each throw can range from 2 to 12 and can be arranged in a variety of configurations.
For example, the following can be combined to yield a result of four:
Dice A shows 1 and Dice B shows 3; Dice A shows 2 and Dice B shows 2; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3 and Dice B shows 1; Dice A shows 3
The same holds true for all of the other potential outcomes, with the exception of the 2 and the 12, which can only be created in one method (1+1 and 6+6).
Because each die has six possible outcomes depending on which side it lands on, we are looking at a total of 36 different possible results every time the dice are rolled. It is possible to calculate the % chance of a specific outcome by comprehending this element of it. As a reminder, the formula is as follows:
[intended results] divided by [total outcomes] multiplied by 100 percent
As an illustration, let’s look at the consequence of 11 in practice. There are two methods to get the number 11: by adding 5 and 6 or by adding 6 and 5. Those are the outcomes we hope to achieve. Because we now know that there are a total of 36 possible outcomes, our formula will look something like this:
55.5 percent is equal to 2 x 36 x 100 percent.
The probability of landing on 11 on a throw of the dice is 5.55 percent in craps. As we shall show next, we can also visualize the chances using a different visualisation technique.