Best Place to Play Craps at Lake Tahoe
Come in and roll the dice and you'll understand why we've received the Best Place to Play Craps award for several years. Our dealers are friendly and helpful to all players, 10X odds are the best you'll find, and it just so happens we have the longest craps table in South Lake Tahoe.
Lakeside Inn, Your Best Bet
Odds, an additional bet made behind an established number, is the only bet where the house has no advantage (your chance of winning and the house's chance of winning are exactly the same). Other casinos allow you to match your initial bet, some will allow up to five times your bet. At Lakeside Inn and Casino, you may match a whopping ten times your bet. It's simple, it's fun and may even be profitable.
Earn Comp Dollars While Playing!
Having a Lakeside Players' Card has many benefits. Track your tables games play by handing your Lakeside Card to the dealer. You'll earn Comp Dollars, which can be spent for a hotel room, gift shop purchase, meals, items from our catalog, and services and merchandise from one of our many partners throughout South Lake Tahoe.
Read below in our "How to Play Craps" section to learn more about the rules and etiquette of craps.
What Others are Saying...
"The Lakeside Inn has become our favorite in Tahoe -- don't know what exactly makes playing there such a delight, but it is like gaming in your own living room with drink service. See you this weekend!" Carole H.
HOW TO PLAY CRAPS
Dice games have fascinated people and decided fates for over 2,000 years. When Caesar made his decision to take his army across the Rubicon against the instructions of Rome, he took his reply from the language of the dice player: "lacta alea est." The die is cast.
Popular among the most fashionable gentlemen of the 18th and 19th century was a dice game called Hazard, played in luxurious private gaming houses throughout England. The French adopted the game and called it "Crapaud", an adaptation of the word "Craps" a name for a pair of ones. Today, the game of "Craps" is a simple Americanized version of "Hazard"; it was made popular on the riverboats and wharfs during the days of the early settlers.
- Craps is a fast paced game played with dice and offers many exciting bets.
- One player known as the "shooter" throws the dice. All other players may bet either with the shooter or against the shooter.
- If the shooter throws the dice and they total 7 or 11 on the first throw (come out), bets on the "pass line" will be paid by the dealers. If the shooter throws the dice and they total 2, 3 or 12 (these numbers are called "craps"), the dealers will collect the "pass line" bets.
- If the shooter throws a total of 3 or 12 on the first throw, bets on the "don't pass" line will be paid (a total of 2 is neither paid nor taken). If the shooter throws a total of 7 or 11 the "don't pass" line will be collected by the dealers.
- If the shooter throws a total of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number will be considered their point.
- Once the point has been established, if the shooter throws the point before a 7 is thrown the "pass line" bets will be paid and the "don't pass" bets will be collected. This is called a "pass" and the game starts over with a new roll (come out). The same shooter will retain shooting privileges.
- Once the point has been established, if the shooter throws 7 before the point is thrown again, the "don't pass" bets will be paid and the "pass line" bets will be collected. The game then starts over with a new shooter. "Pass line" and "don't pass" bets are only made on the shooters first roll (come out).
- "Come" and "don't come" bets are made after a point has been established. The rules for these bets are the same as the rules for the "pass" and "don't pass" bets.
- Players can make proposition bets anytime during the game as long as the dice have not been given to the shooter. With the exception of "hardways", proposition bets are only in action for one roll of the dice. All proposition bets must be placed by the dealer in the center of the table. Please ask our dealers to explain these bets. They can add a lot of excitement to the game.
- "Field" bets may be placed anytime during the game. Players making a bet in the "field" are betting that 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 will roll on the next roll of the dice. These bets are one roll bets. Players place their own bets in the field and should position them as close to themselves as possible. Be sure to pick up your winnings when a "field" number rolls.
- Place bets, buy bets and odds bets are more complicated and should be explained to you by the dealers while you are playing. It is easier to learn the game while playing and the dealers will have more time for explanations on a game that is not too busy. Please feel free to approach the game and tell the dealer you are a novice.
Lakeside Inn and Casino dealers will be happy to help you learn this exciting dice game. Odds and payoff schedules are available at the craps table.