As you might already know, they pulled out of the U.S. a couple of years ago. At the same time the people behind Bodog launched another online casino – called Bovada – which does accept players from the U.S.A.
That new casino Bovada uses the same software for the most part that was used in the other site, so the free craps game is the same, and so I recommend this one now. It is flash based so it runs in your browser assuming that you have flash installed.
Practice Craps for free – no registration – no downlaod
Bovada Casino Craps Game
The game above is the exact same software as that used by Bovada. If you would prefer to play on their game, it is easy to do so.
Just like with the last game that I used to recommend, this is a no download, no registration required game. So you just go to Bovada, go to games and click practice play on the craps game and away you go.
Go to the Casino tab, scroll down in the box of ‘Table Games’ on the right, click on Craps then click on ‘Practice’.
Not having to register and create an account is very convenient, especially if it’s your first time at this casino. As it happens I keep going back there to play so I guess I should have opened an account anyway.
Because the house edge can be very low in this game, you won’t find too many bonuses that will include craps on their permitted games list. There are some sites that will allow it however, though the wagering requirements will be heavily increased. Those that we have found are listed in the craps bonuses section.
The current Bovada table games bonus offer does not count any play at this game towards the rollover.
Basic Craps Strategy for beginners
I find Craps to be fairly complicated with the huge number of different ways to bet, but playing for free is a really good way to get used to the game.
I still haven’t found a system that can give me any edge, and of course many people will tell me that there is no system to be found, but I’ll keep looking anyway.
In the meantime, I do use a betting pattern that is quite fun, can be managed bankroll wise, and can provide good returns if things go well.
For this strategy we are going to size our bets to a maximum of $7.00 per play. It’s a ncie round number and can be altered easily to accomodate larger bankrolls, or doubling up if that is the way that you like to play. So you can easily play this at multiples of $10.00 if that suits your bankroll better. It will also scale down if you can find a table with lower limits.
Ok, $7 is our max stake per roll, so to start we place a $1.00 (one dollar) bet on the pass line, and roll the dice. If on this roll we get a 2, 3 or 12, we lose. If we get a 7 or 11 we win at odds of 1 to 1, or evens.
What we are hoping for though is that a point will be made. That means that a number other than those 5 will come up. Whatever that number is, that is the ‘point’.
There can only be 11 possible numbers that can be thrown, number 2 to 12 (number 1 can never come up as we are using 2 dice). On each of 5 numbers the game ends immediately with a win or a loss – numbers 2, 3, 7, 11, 12.
If any of those come up the roll is ended and we begin again.
Any other number tha comes up becomes the point, and the play continues.
For this example we are going to say that number 6 came up, and was made the point number.
The play will continue then until either 6 comes up again, or 7 comes up.
In this example 6 comes up. So now we buy $1.00 on 6. When you hover the mouse over the 6 box on the table, you will see that there are a number of different bets we can make here. What we want is to ‘buy’ the number.
Roll the dice again, and for this example, now 5 comes up. Again we ‘buy’ this number of $1.00.
We continue to buy the numbers that come up will the roll is going on. At most, you will have $7.00 on the table.
In the play of this game, when we made the opening bet on the pass line, and then 6 was thrown, our bet on the pass line remained live. Again when we bet on 6, and 5 came up next, our 6 bet was still live, along with the original pass line bet. In this way, on a good roll, we can have bets on all 6 numbers, plus the pass line bet, all live and in play for us.
If in this example the second number was 5, and so we bet 5, and five came up again, we get paid on that bet. And we can bet it again.
To finish this out, let’s say that the next number up is 6, which is the ‘point’ number. In that case, we get paid on the 6 bet, plus we get paid on the pass line bet. Plus, our bet on 5 is still lvie, even though this roll is over.
So we can choose to leave that 5 bet on the table for the next roll or we can take it back. I usually leave it, but it is optional.
That might look complicated when written down, but it is quite simple, and can be good fun to play when you get a good roll. Sometimes though you find that you have just managed to fill the table – have all six numbers covered – when 7 comes up and you lose all your bets. That part is not fun. But this is gambling, after all.
Aside from the sheer excitement and buzz to be had, the main attraction with this complicated game is the low house edge that can be had on some of the various bets you can make. On some plays the house edge can be as low as 0%, with many bets having an edge of under 2%. This can be great for clearing bonuses, where craps is allowed under the terms of course.
Of course, because the edge can be that low, craps is usually excluded from bonus play. Where it is allowed, the rollover requirements are always greatly increased. Experienced casino gamblers know this, but it is good for newer players coming to this game to realise that the casino will have thought of all the angles.
Aside from that, players should also be aware that while craps is well known as having a very low edge, there are some bets in the game that have a higher edge.
While opening bets on the pass / come line have an edge of just 1.41% and the don’t pass / don’t come line bets are even lower at 1.36%, a bet like any seven has a massive house advantage of over 16%!
As I said above, not many bonuses will have this game as a permitted game under the terms. There are a few though, and, while the contribution percentage will be very low for this game, meaning that you will have to wager a whole lot more than you would on other games, it can still be a viable option both for players that already know how to play to advantage, and for those players that are willing to learn.
As a starting strategy that will keep the hosue edge low and give you the best, or nearly the best, possibility of coming out ahead, you could try the bet on the come / pass line and tehn take maximum odds on the follow up bets. If you don’t understand any of that, don’t worry, you can use the above free version of the game to get to grips with the way the game runs and all the different ways that you can bet.
Just remember betting on any hard seven is going to be very hard on your bankroll!
Remember that with the Bovada games they do not give fractional payouts. That means that where the amount you bet and the odds that you bet at result in a winning payout which is not an even dollar amount, the actual returns will be rounded off, usually down, so the actual return you get in a dollar amount will be less than the true odds would suggest. Be careful then with your bet sizing so as to maximise your return with this rule in mind.
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