If you haven't felt the excitement of "shooting the craps", then sorry but you haven't really lived yet.
Craps is the game that all the noise comes from on the casino floor. It's exciting not just for the player actually rolling the dice, but also for everyone else at the table betting on that player's roll.
A craps game begins with a player (known as the shooter) rolling two dice, on a come-out roll. If the total of the dice is 2,3 or 12 the shooter loses immediately. If it is 7 or 11, it is called a natural and they win automatically. If they roll 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 11, that number is set as their 'point' and they have to roll again. Their object is now to roll their point number again before they roll a 7.
A craps layout looks complicated - and it can be - but there are also some very simple bets you can make to have some fun and win some money. Most people don't even what most of the bets on a craps table mean, so they bet on one of two easy options - the 'Pass' line or the 'Don't Pass' bar.
To bet on the pass line means that you think the shooter will win. To bet on the don't pass line means you don't think the shooter will win, but this is considered bad luck by many.
We're not going to get into Craps theory too much, but a good strategy for any player who likes action is to have a new bet on either the 'Pass line' or 'Come' on every throw. The come line is similar to the pass bet, but is made after a come-out roll.
The commonly used term 'Roll the Dice' comes from the craps table, as does "snake eyes' and 'crapped out'.