Craps is a dice game that is the loudest, most social, and often most fun game in land-based casinos across Michigan. Unfortunately, developers have yet to figure out a way to bring the social aspects of the game to online casinos.
However, an online version of craps does exist. Since it’s faster than the live game and can be used as a learning tool, several Michigan online casinos will likely end up running online craps.
Outside of the volume level and the raucous social scene, the big difference between craps at live and online casinos in Michigan is the graphic interface you see on the screen when you play online only mimics the roll of the dice. Plus, you don’t bet with actual casino chips online.
In fact, Michigan online casinos don’t use real dice or casino chips at all. The outcome of each roll is determined by a computerized random number generator and betting is done by clicking on the wagers of your choice on a virtual felt.
Online craps will be live in Michigan once the Michigan Gaming Control Board finalizes its rules for online casino gaming in the state.
The board was set on the path to doing so when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the state’s online gambling bill into law in December 2019.
The executive director of the board stated the online casino licensing and rule-making processes are currently underway. If part of these processes can be expedited, the first Michigan online casinos could launch by November 2020.
Only the three Detroit commercial casinos and 23 tribal casinos across the state will be able to get an online casino license.
Those that do become licensed will be able to legally offer online craps to anyone 21 years old and over and inside Michigan state lines. Since most of these casino operators offer live craps, it’s a good bet they’ll host the game online as well.
There is one way to legally play online casino games in Michigan while you wait for the first licensed Michigan online casinos to go live.
Sweepstakes-based online casinos like Chumba Casino allow you to play online slots and online table games with Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins.
Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins are not real money. You can’t win real money playing with Gold Coins and you can’t purchase Sweeps Coins with real money. However, you can redeem a Sweeps Coin for $1.
There are three ways to get Sweeps Coins:
Since Chumba gives away Sweeps Coins for free, playing slots and table games on the site is technically taking part in a sweepstakes competition, not gambling. That makes it perfectly legal to take the Sweeps Coins Chumba gives you and use them to play the games.
Then, you’re free to cash out any Sweeps Coins you win at $1 per coin.
The craps played at Michigan land-based casinos is the same dice game played in casinos throughout the world.
Since there are so many different bets you can make at varying odds, it’s hard to define the game’s Return to Player (RTP). Craps is a different game for different people depending on how they bet.
What we do know is that basic bets like the Pass Line (98.59% RTP), Don’t Pass (98.64% RTP), Come (98.59% RTP), and Don’t Come (98.64% RTP) have a relatively low house edge.
Plus, the Pass/Don’t Pass odds have no house edge at all, making it one of the best bets in the entire casino.
This is why most people judge a craps game based on the maximum Pass/Don’t Pass odds bets available. The bigger the max, the better the game.
There are a variety of additional single and multi-roll bets, some offering decent payouts. However, they all come with a higher house edge than the basic bets offer, and playing them will only drive down the game’s overall RTP.
Michigan gaming laws dictate the kind of dice that can be used by a casino, when and how the dice should be removed from a craps table and how they should be stored and inspected.
Plus, the law prescribes how craps games should be observed by security staff and that electronic craps should have the same odds as the live game.
What Michigan gaming law does not dictate is minimum and maximum bets or the maximum Pass/Don’t Pass odds casinos are allowed to offer.
Instead, the MGCB leaves it up to casinos to set the minimum and maximum bets they want to take and maximum Pass/Don’t Pass odds.
In Detroit casinos, the games are generally $10/3x4x5x.
However, operators are free to change that by posting a sign at the table and advising all players.
Most Michigan tribal casinos offer the same game, with a $5-$10 minimum. However, you will find up to 10x Pass/Don’t Pass odds at some.
Craps starts with betting on the pass line or don’t pass line. A (revolving) shooter rolls the dice. This is known as the come-out roll.
Seven or 11 means all pass line bets get paid. Two, three, or 12 means the shooter craps out. In this case, pass line bets lose, don’t pass bets get paid, and a new shooter starts over.
If the shooter rolls any other number on the come-out roll, that number is established as the point. The shooter continues rolling until they hit that number again or roll a seven and crap out.
Once a point is set, players can make odds bets behind the pass line and don’t pass line bets up to the specific game’s maximum allowed. These bets have no house edge. Therefore, the maximum bet allowed has a big impact on how good that specific game is for you as a player.
If the shooter rolls the point before rolling a seven, all pass line bets and odds bets are paid and all don’t pass and odds bets lose.
You can also bet on a number of different propositions, numbers, and groups of numbers. The bets available and payouts for most are displayed on the table.
Online craps plays a little faster with no time taken to calculate payouts. However, you can play the game at your own pace, making it a great learning tool, even if the fun, social aspects of the game are missing.
Online craps games generally offer lower minimum bets as well.
Betting works a little differently online. Instead of using chips and communicating with pit staff to make bets, you click on virtual chips and a virtual craps felt to make wagers.
The game is pretty much the same though, as you can bet with the dice or against. Plus, the same huge-house-edge side bets are available.
The following is a list of the bets available in craps:
Before you play craps, online or live, you should try to learn everything you can about the game. Read about the basics above and seek out other online resources to help you dive a little deeper into the game.
Start with the rules and move on to some basic strategies to arm yourself with a complete understanding of craps before you put your money on the table. The following includes some basic craps strategies you can employ:
The Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets have a small house edge.
A basic strategy of betting on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line can be a winning strategy. That’s because these are hard bets to lose on the come out roll. Your bet will only be taken away when a couple of numbers appear. Plus, they are almost as hard to lose after the point is set.
Betting either religiously is a simple way to win consistently. You will be taking advantage of a low house edge and opening yourself up to the opportunity of a zero-house-edge bet as well.
Once a point is established, you should always take the odds bet up to the maximum allowed. This is the best bet you’ll find in a casino. There is no house edge.
Doing something simple like betting the Pass Line and taking the odds up to the maximum available once the point is set is a proven craps strategy.
Hard ways bets pay 7-1 or 9-1, but the house edge hovers around 10%. You can get lucky and win hard ways bets, but over the long haul you’re going to lose.
Be smart and avoid these bets, particularly the hard four and hard 10 where the house edge is almost 11%. The big payouts aren’t even close to the real odds of rolling pairs.
Props seem like fun because of the potential for a big payout. But the house edge is too big. Even at 33:1 for some props you aren’t getting the right price based on real-world odds.
It may seem boring to dice-rolling regulars, but the best craps strategies are about sticking to the basics, taking advantage of the odds, and staying away from long-shot props.
Every one of Detroit’s three commercial casinos and many of the state’s 23 tribal casinos host craps games.
This includes the following list of casinos planning to launch online casinos, available statewide as soon as possible: