The Street Craps, sometimes called Shooting Dice or Ghetto Craps is similar to casino craps but is played without a craps table. The name comes from the way that the game was played in the late 1900’s; on city streets and sidewalks.
A pair of dice is used in the game and the players make wagers on the outcome of rolling the dice. In street craps wagers are made against money that players put up against each other.
Street Craps Rules
- Players must first identify the player who will be shooting dice – the shooter. The shooter will then need to make a bet followed by the rest of the group in the clockwise direction. Each player can cover a portion of or all of the shooter’s bet. Betting continues until the shooter’s wager is matched.
- The come out roll comes next. This is the game’s first roll and it could end the game if it is a 7, 11, 2, 3 or 12. The shooter and any other player who bet in favor of the shooter win the game if a 7 or 11 is rolled. If a 2, 3 or 12 come up when the dice are rolled the shooter and other players who bet for him lose.
- A Point number, which is a number other than those mentioned above, must be set up. So if the come out roll is not any of those numbers listed above that number will be designated as the point number.
- The roll is next and the goal is for the shooter to roll the number identified as the point before he rolls a 7. The 7 is referred to an “Out 7” and once the shooter gets this before rolling the point he loses the game.
- Rolling dice proceeds until a 7 or the Point is rolled. The shooter loses if the 7 comes up and wins if the Point is rolled. If other numbers are rolled the shooter continues rolling the dice. The round ends only after a 7 or the point is rolled.
It is important that you remember that all bets should be made before the come out roll and you will only win what you bet. As you can see the street craps rules are very similar to rules of casino craps.
Street Craps vs Casino Craps
Rules of street craps vary from casino craps in several ways. The first obvious variation is the absence of a banker. In the street version there is no specific person to handle the money, monitor the bets and pay the winners.
Another difference is that there is no craps table when playing the more informal street craps. This is a disadvantage because it then becomes more difficult to place complicated bets. Due to this street craps usually will only have two betting options – Pass and Don’t Pass. This is limited especially when compared to the numerous options available in casino craps.
A final and very important difference between casino craps and street craps is that the latter is generally illegal. Players must keep their play secret and if they are caught they will face stiff fines.
With this in mind you can decide if you want to play the rolling dice game live and face possible problems with the authorities or you can play the casino version in an offline casino or online.
In the streets, you can also make side wagers… much like a pass line bet, or a place betting. These bets are against other onlookers or verses the shooter. Typically players will “side bet” whether a player passes, doesn’t pass, or chooses to place bet in combinations of 6/8, 5/9, or 10 and 4. These bets are offered aloud, and anyone watching or playing can bet against the player making the side bet.
What’s the difference between pass and doesn’t pass would passing be rolling the number rolled on the come out?
And in street craps a gunfight invariably breaks out. So, don’t forget to pack heat.