Gaming Guide

Play Craps Online in Michigan

If you have ever walked into a casino in Michigan and heard a crowd of people cheer and yell accompanied by high fives and fist pumps, you more than likely saw a hot Craps table.

Now, you can also play Craps online. If live casino environments aren’t your thing, or you know that you’ll end up spending too much time away from home, playing Craps online is the perfect solution, and you don’t have to give up your favorite casino game.

Playing online means you can experience this fast-paced game from the comfort of your own home. There are obviously some stylistic differences, as is the case with every game that’s converted from live to online, but the thrill of the game is still there.  

What Are Michigan Odds, Payback, and Rules?

When estimating RTP (Return to Player), Craps has too many bets, systems, and playing styles to make a definitive calculation. Craps has many bets with a huge house edge and many with a low house edge. When you take odds on the Pass/Don’t Pass, the house has no house edge.

The Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, and Don’t Come all have an RTP that hovers around 98.5%.

Gaming laws apply to Craps Online in Michigan and use clear language. They refer to electronic Craps in 432.202 Definitions: (u) (5) of the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act. In short, “electronic” includes computers, and the fairness must be the same as playing live in a casino.

Michigan law does not cover minimum and maximum bets, leaving that decision to individual casinos. For example, you may find $5 minimum bets in tribal casinos and $10 minimums in Detroit casinos.

How to Play Craps

There are almost an infinite number of ways to play craps. Most people who are learning Craps stick with the Pass or Don’t Pass Line when betting. Known as the come-out roll, a majority of the time the dice will be between 4 and 10, except 7, which establishes a point and moves the game forward.

Sometimes a less likely roll stops the action immediately. 7 or 11 pays the Pass Line. 2, 3, or 12 means the Pass Line loses, the shooter (dice thrower) craps out, and the Don’t Pass Line gets paid.

Once the come-out roll establishes a point, the race is on to roll the point number again before rolling a 7, or crapping out. If the shooter rolls the point number again, all Pass Line bets and odds get paid. All Don’t Pass Line bets and odds lose.

There are also several different proposition bets (prop bets), numbers, and groups of numbers where you can place bets. The prop bets tell you the payout as well.

Online Craps works the same way but moves faster. You can usually hover over a point with the mouse to see payouts or consult a legend found somewhere in the Options menu.

What Are the Bets in Craps?

If you go to different casinos, you may discover slightly different odds. For example, one table may pay 7 to 1, while another pays 8 to 1 for the same bet. The payouts will always be similar despite the variation.

  • Pass Line: This bet tries to establish a point and wins if the point hits a second time before rolling a 7.
  • Don’t Pass: This bet is the opposite of the Pass Line and wins if a 7 comes before the Pass Line wins.
  • Come: After establishing a point, the Come is similar to the Pass Line except your bet moves up to the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, if rolled, to await another hit.
  • Don’t Come: This bet has the same relationship to the Come as the Pass and Don’t Pass, except you are betting a 7 comes before the point.
  • Place Bets: Place odds on the six potential point numbers and win on hits before a 7 comes according to the following schedule: 4 &10: pays 9 to 5, 5 & 9: 7 to 5, 6 & 8: 7 to 6
  • Lay Bets: The opposite of Place bets where you bet on a 7 to come first with the following schedule: 4 &10: pays 5 to 11, 5 & 9: 8 to 5, 6 & 8: 7 to 5
  • Field: A single roll bet that wins if any 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled. 2s pay double and 12s pay either double or triple.
  • Prop Bets & The Hard Ways: Prop Bets are single-roll bets, usually off to the side, and they contain the Hard Ways. The Hard Ways refers to 4, 6, 8, and 10. Rolling two 2s makes a Hard 4, two 3s for a Hard 6, etc.
    • Hard 4 & 10 pay 7 to 1. Hard 6 & 8 pay 9 to 1.
    • Any Craps: Pays 8 to 1 for a 2, 3, or 12.
    • Aces: Aces bets pay up to 33-1 for two 1s.
    • Ace-Deuce: Pays up to 16 to 1 for a 3.
    • Yo/11: Pays up to 16 to 1 for a 5 & 6.
    • Boxcars: Pays up to 33 to 1 for two 6s.
    • Big Red: Pays 4 to 1 for a 7.

As you can see, sticking to strategies that involve the Pass Line and Place Bets offers the best odds. Prop bets look inviting but are a good way to lose your money.

Casinos in Michigan with Online Craps

  • MGM Grand Detroit
    Craps: $10/3x4x5x
  • Greektown Casino-Hotel
    Craps: $10/3x4x5x
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel
    Craps: $10/3x4x5x
  • Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel
    Craps: $5-$500/10x
  • Four Winds Casino New Buffalo
    Craps: $10/3x4x5x
  • Firekeepers Casino and Hotel
    Craps: $5/3x4x5x
  • Northern Waters Casino Resort
    Craps: Virtual craps/3x4x5x
  • Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
    Craps: $5/10x
  • Odawa Casino Resort
    Craps: $5/3x4x5x

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to venture into a casino or play Craps online, Michigan has plenty of options. The most important aspects are picking a table that matches your budget, studying the best bets, avoiding the worst bets, and having a strategy.

There are never-ending playing styles and strategies to choose from, but all the good ones make smart bets and avoid bets with tempting payouts and poor odds. Remember, gambling is like investing. Never bet what you cannot afford to lose. Good luck!