Craps Live is a prestigious online live dealer casino game from Evolution. We can see why the first-ever Craps Live might seem attractive, but you have your doubts about how the game is played. We bring you an understandable step-by-step guide on Evolution’s Craps Live.
This is your go-to how-to-play guide, so let’s join the craps table and begin.
Visit an Eligible Evolution Casino and Log In
To be able to play Craps Live, you need to create an account at an Evolution-powered live casino online. Craps Live was launched exclusively to a small number of sites in late October 2020. A roll-out to other operators is expected in early November.
If you already have an account at one of the casinos that host Evolution games and have Craps Live on offer, you just need to log in using your previously established account credentials. Then you can play with your existing balance.
If not, you will have to complete the registration process, which normally takes no longer than a minute, make your first deposit using your preferred banking method and advance to the live lobby where you will load the Craps Live game.
Click on Craps Live Thumbnail to Launch the Game
You can load Craps Live by either clicking on the game thumbnail, or searching for it through the search bar. You will enter the Evolution lobby and join the Craps Live studio. The game is streamed from a Latvian studio room in Riga. You will see the professional croupier hosting the game and you can also take a moment to appreciate the lavish environment.
Wooden details and glass doors add to the elegance and the real craps table adds to the authenticity of the game. To minimise bounces and the possibility of the dice jumping off the table, its walls are upholstered with alligator skin.
The room has privacy and aims to appeal more to men with a “gentlemen in a taproom” vibe.
The studio room is covered by multiple camera angles. You can see the table setup from the front, during moments when the betting time is ticking and the dealer is making small talk. There is a side view that allows you to observe the dice being rolled by a mechanical hand.
A top view of the table is shown when the dice are rolled. The camera zooms in on the mechanical arm when the dealer puts the dice into position for the roll.
Why is the mechanical arm rolling the dice and not the croupier? The company considered this to be more appropriate, otherwise, the shooter would be blamed for a bad roll. Since throwing the dice in the same way each and every time is rather difficult in a real-life casino setting, varying strengths and speeds are programed for the mechanical arm to execute on each roll.
To Join the Game, Choose the Chip Value
You don’t need to take a seat at the craps table, as the game accommodates an unlimited number of players. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a digital representation of the chip values you can select in order to place your bet.
The following chip denominations are available:
Notice that there are also additional functions you can use while placing a bet. You can repeat your previous bet, undo the current selection and double the selected bet.
Placing the Bet
Once you have selected the chips you want to wager, you need to select the type of bet you wish to play for. Each game of craps begins with 15 seconds of betting time. You will see the timer on the screen going from green to yellow as the seconds pass by.
Use your cursor to place the chips on the adequate positions on the betting table. A digital betting panel (the equivalent of the layout shown on the physical table) will be shown on your screen for this purpose.
The panel shows one-roll bets (2/3/11/12, Seven, Craps, C/E), Hardways, Place Win/Place Lose, Come/Don’t Come, Pass/Don’t Pass and Field.
Types of Bets Available
Instead of placing a random bet, you should make sure that you understand what each available bet means. If you are new to the game of craps in general and everything seems too complicated, you can start playing in Easy Mode first. When Easy Mode is active, the game will offer fewer betspots. The Come-Out roll and the Point roll are removed and the remaining betting options come down to one-roll bets and the “Place to Win” and “Place to Lose” multi-roll bets.
In regular game mode, players have a wider range of wagers to choose from. Pass Line and Don’t Pass bets are placed before the Come-Out roll.
Pass Line – player wins if the roll is 7 or 11 and loses if the dice show 2, 3 or 12.
Don’t Pass – player wins if the roll is 2 or 3 and loses if the dice show 7 or 11. Rolling 12 in this case is a Push (roll is repeated).
When the black puck on the edge of the virtual betting layout says “Off”, this means that the Pass Line bet is open.
On the first roll of the game, the Come-Out roll, all of the other numbers rolled result in a Point outcome. The puck will show “On”, which means you can bet on that number to roll again. When the Point is established, players can bet on it over the course of multiple rolls.
Other relevant bets in Live Craps include:
- Place Win – wager on a specific number to come up before 7
- Place Lose – wager on a 7 coming before a specific number
- Hardways – you can bet on rolling a 4, 6, 8 or 10 as sums of 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s, before you roll any combination that makes a 7 or an easy combination that also results in 4, 6, 8 or 10 (depending on the specific Hardways bet you are going for). In simple words, you are betting to roll a pair before you roll a 7 or that number but without the pair
- Field – one-roll bet, you win double upon rolling 2 or 12, and you also win if you roll 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11
If you have played craps before, you may know of the Big 6 bets and Big 8 bets. These, however, do not feature in Evolution Craps Live.
Wait for the Round Outcome
After placing virtual chips into areas that represent the bet you wish to make, simply wait for the round to be resolved.
The croupier will place the dice in the mechanical hand contraption and the roll will be executed. Once the bets are resolved, a new round can commence.
Evolution integrated an exclusive “Applause” button that lets you clap after a winning round. This is a nice touch considering how heated crowds can get at physical craps tables at casino venues. Cheering can get players motivated to continue playing and enjoying the realistic craps experience.
The house edge in Craps Live is standard, standing at 1.40% and that establishes an RTP of 98.60%.