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How to Start Playing Craps Online

To many people, playing Craps at a brick-and-mortar casino is just as much about the atmosphere as it is about the love for the game itself. However, to some, the love of the game far outweighs the atmosphere, and those people have little reason to travel to the nearest brick-and-mortar casino when there are so many online casinos that offer Craps among their betting options. Hesitation is more than understandable, especially to the veteran players. How do you know if the odds are the same? How do you know if your financial transactions are secure, and will the casino even pay out your winnings? We have the answers.

Where Can I Find Craps Online?

There are four main types of online betting outlets: casino, bookmaker, poker room, and Bingo parlor. A bookmaker is where you bet on sports, horseracing, and even entertainment (Academy Awards) and politics. A poker room is where you can play poker against other players, be it five-card stud or Hold'em. A Bingo parlor is self-explanatory. Where you find Craps is at a casino, and while some casinos will offer a bookmaker, multiplayer poker, and Bingo, while others will only offer Slots and no table or card games, the vast majority have a Craps table. The key thing about an online casino is that you are competing against the casino itself, not against other players, so there will not be a thrower or anything like that, you simply bet on the different betting areas.

How Do I Know If the Casino Is Safe and Secure?

We should be upfront about this right off the bat: there are a lot of online casinos that are not safe and are trying to lure you in to rip you off. However, there are a near countless number of online casinos that are extremely safe and secure, have stellar reputations, and undergo extensive independent third-party regulation and oversight, as well as regular audits. The first place to start looking are third-party review sites by experts, and in player forums, where players rate the casinos, report disputes, and have discussions about specific casinos. Once you find one that has stellar reviews, you can go to their site and look at where they are based and regulated. If they are regulated by places like the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, the UK, and others, they undergo extremely strict oversights. Then you should check their seals at the bottom, like the eCOGRA trust and fairness seal, check that their deposit and withdrawal methods are preferred, and who their software provider is. If the software provider is Playtech, NetEnt, Microgaming, BetSoft, or Novomatic, you're pretty much guaranteed that the casino is safe and secure to enjoy.

How Do I Know If the Odds Are Fair?

Independent monthly audits are done by eCOGRA and other sources to ensure that the Random Number Generators truly make the odds at the online casino identical to the odds at a regular casino. If you believe that you have the magic touch when you throw the dice, you can stick with the land-based casinos, but if you believe that it is truly random where the ball will land (it is), then playing at an online casino has the exact same winning potential as a land-based casino. You can bet on the Pass Line over and over, which would be the same as being the thrower, and you can bet on all the other betting areas you would find at a regular casino. You can simply click on the different areas to place chips, and the game will progress as it normally would.

What Are Some General Tips?

Firstly, it is important to note that you will almost certainly have more betting freedom at an online casino, able to bet as little as $1 per round of Craps, and more than $2,000 per round as well depending on the casino.

If you want to just play Craps online and aren't one for Slot machines, we recommend not taking up the online casino on their Welcome Bonuses, or any deposit-matching or no-deposit bonuses for that matter. The reason for this is because those promotions come with what are known as "rollovers," where you have to bet up to 60X the deposit and the bonus combined before you are eligible for a withdrawal. While you will not be able to play with the "free money" that they offer, you will be able to withdraw your winnings at any time. You will not find a casino without a rollover stipulation for their promotions.

Lastly, just like a brick-and-mortar casino, the best strategy when it comes to playing Craps is setting a time limit on how long you play to minimize losses, avoid most progressive betting strategies, and when you have a good amount of winnings, cash out or take a long break.

Good luck!

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