When you watch the game of craps in a land-based casino, the table is always the center for a lot of noise, because the people participating in the game are not only rooting for themselves to win, but also, through that, they are rooting for or against the person rolling the dice. And it has a tendency to get loud. When it is played online, craps takes on a different quality, because it's just one player against the house.
In a land-based casino, there are people around a table and someone at the head of that table with a pair of dice in hand. That is the "shooter."
There is a "come out roll" at the beginning after bets are made. Those wagers include the Pass, Don't Pass, Come and Don't Come. They are some of the basic bets in the game.
Let's talk about some of them. First the Pass Line bet. So the shooter (which in the online game would be an automated situation where the dice are rolled by the program) throws a 7 or an 11, you are going to win right away, and if the number is a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. If there is a number rolled aside from that it becomes the "point" and play moves forward. Then that point number has to be rolled again before a seven (7) rolls for you to be able to win. .
The Don't Pass bet works in reverse in the sense that when the dice come out to a 7 or 11 on the initial roll, you're going to be a loser. When the 2 or 3 gets rolled, you win. Nothing happens one way or the other, though, when the 12 is rolled. And this time you win when the seven is rolled before the point.
The"Come" bet is one that can be made after the point is set. So that means it can be made after the come out roll. If the 7 or 11 is rolled you are a winner, and when a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled you are a loser. Any other number would be the point, and you win the Come bet if the point is rolled again before a seven. The Don't Come bet works the opposite way, much like the Don't Pass.
Keep in mind that all of the combinations of dice that are rolled in the game of craps come with a certain probability that they are going to be rolled. It is best that you be able to familiarize yourself with the true odds in relation to the actual payout in a craps game.
You may be well-advised to investigate the possibility of placing bets with "free odds," which means that they pay off at the true odds of the numbers occurring. The requirement to place a free odds bet is that you have to place that one on top of a bet that's already out there. But it is quite possible that you can make the free odds bet for more money than that original bet - much more in some cases.
What you may want to do is shop around for a craps game that will give you the best deal on free odds. What you ideally want is to have a situation where a very small percentage of the money you have on the table is going to pay off at what would be referred to as the "house odds," that is, the odds at which the house will have a definite edge, with a much higher percentage of that total bet going off with free odds.