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Each die (that's singular for dice) in the game of craps has six sides, so there are 36 possible numerical combinations when you throw a pair of dice (6 x 6 = 36). While there is only one combination that results in a 2 (1 and 1) and one that results in a 12 (6 and 6), the number of possible combinations increases as you move forward from 2 or backward from 12 until you reach 7, which has six possible combinations (1 and 6, 2 and 5, 3 and 4, and so on).
Your odds of rolling a particular number in craps are based entirely on the number of possible ways you can roll that specific number. For example, to determine your chances of rolling a 4, divide 36 by 3. (You use 3 because there are only 3 ways to throw a 4.) The result is 12, which means you have a 1 in 12 chance of rolling a 4. This is very important. The odds are 12 to 1 against you, but the house only pays 11 to 1. This is how the casino wins even when you win. Another way to say it is: "When you lose the house wins, when you win the house also wins."
Still, craps is a fun and exciting game. You can be a winner in the short run, but in the end the house will win more often in the long run. So, one good strategy would be to play, win and run.
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