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Craps Terms

You will most certainly find this extensive list of craps terms to be very helpful. Not only will learning these terms help you to better understand the game, but you will also find that you will gain the confidence it takes to become a great craps player. You will want to bookmark this page as a future and frequent reference guide while playing the game. Enjoy the craps lingo and good luck!

3-way CrapsThis is a bet made in units of 3 with one unit on 2, one unit on 3, and one unit on 12. This is simply a horn bet without the bet on 11.

Aces – This is betting that the next roll will total the number two (snake eyes).

Any Craps – This is a bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12. You should also note that this bet pays 7:1 and has a house edge of 11.1%.

Any Seven – This is a bet that the next roll will be 7. You should also note that this bet pays 4:1 and has a house edge of 16.7%.

Arm – This is a term used in craps to signify a player who is so skilled at throwing the dice that they are able to alter the conventional odds of the game. While many players consider this type of player to be an urban legend, it might just be one of the reasons that casino craps dealers are so insistent that the dice are thrown against the far wall to ensure a fair and completely random outcome.

Backline – Same term as Don’t Pass Line.

Behind the Line – This is a bet on the free-odds after a point has been established on the Come Out Roll.

Betting Right – This is when you bet that the throw will win on Pass Line and Come Bets.

Betting Wrong – This is when you bet that the throw will not pass on Don’t Pass Line and Don’t Come bets.

Big Eight – This is a bet that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled. You should also know that this bet pays even money, and has a house edge of 9.1%. A place bet on 8 pays 7:6 but is the same otherwise. The place bet is preferred, having a house edge of only 1.5%.

Big Six – This is a bet that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled. You should also know that this bet pays even money, and has a house edge of 9.1%. A place bet on 6 pays 7:6 but is the same otherwise. The place bet is bet is preferred, having a house edge of only 1.5%.

Big Red – This is a bet on Any Seven.

Bones – This is simply a slang term for dice.

Boxcars – This is a bet on the next roll being a 12. You should take note that this is the highest (last) denomination on the dice. Boxcars are also the last cars on a train.

Box Man – This is the table supervisor who sits between the stickman and directly behind the thousands of dollars worth of chips that the casino keeps on hand at each craps table. Like a Pit Boss or Floor Men.

Buffalo – This is when a bet is placed on the Hard Way as well as Any Seven.

Buy Bet (Buy and Lay Bet) – This is when the house is given a 5% commission in order to be paid correct odds for a place bet. Buy and lay bets are made the same way as a place bet, but at correct odds. You should also know that the buy bets on 4 and 10 allow the player chance to reduce the house edge from 6.67% to 4% on these bets. You will find that some casinos collect this commission at the time the bet is made, while other casinos collect it only on winning bets.

Capped Dice – This is the same term as crooked dice or non standard dice.

Cold Table – This is term used when shooters are not making their points or winning at this table at the current moment.

Come Bet – This is the same as the Pass Line bet but it is made after the Come Out roll.

Come Box – This is the area on the table where the Come Bet is made.

Come Out Roll – This is the first roll of the dice in a betting round and determines the point for Pass and Don’t Pass Line bets. Basically Pass bets win when the Come Out Roll is 7 or 11, while Pass bets lose when the Come Out Roll is 2, 3, or 12. Don’t bets lose when the Come Out Roll is 7 or 11, and Don’t bets win when the Come Out roll is 2 or 3. Don’t bets tie when the Come Out Roll is 12 (in some casinos it’s 2; the ‘bar’ roll on the table will signify which roll is known as a tie).

Crap – Term for the numbers 2, 3, 12.

Crap Out – Term used when the numbers 2, 3, or 12 show on the first roll.

Dealer  – The dealer is responsible for all the bets made on his/her side of the table. You should give the money directly to the dealer when you want to make Free Odds, Place, or Lay bets in a casino and let him/her make the bet for you.

Don’t Come Bet  – This is when a bet is made against the dice after a Come Out Roll.

Don’t Pass Bet – This is when e bet is made against the dice before a Come Out Roll.

Don’t Pass Bar – This is the area just above the Pass Line and is a thinner band of felt on the table where Don’t Pass bets are placed. It is basically the opposite of the Pass Line bet.

Double Odds – This is an odd bet that is just about twice as large as the original Pass/Come bet. You will find that some casinos might even offer higher odds. Some will offer 5 times, or even 10 times the odds.

Easy Way – This is a dice roll of 4, 6, 8, 10 where each die has a different number on it.

Field Bet – This is a bet on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. You should know that this bet pays even money for 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11. It usually pays 2:1 for 2 or 12. You will also find that some casinos pay 3:1 for either the 2 or 12, but never both. Some casinos may make the 5 instead of the 9 a Field roll.

Floor Men – These are the people who are responsible for the games in the casino. You will see them spend their time behind the tables watching over the games. Like a Pit Boss or Box Man.

Free Odds Bet – this is a bet taken on true odds.

Hard Way – This is a dice roll of 4, 6, 8, or 10 thrown as pairs.

Hope Bet – This is bet made on specific or particular dice combination.

Horn Bet – This is a bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, 11, or 12, made in multiples of 4, with one unit on each of the numbers.

Horn High Bet – This is a bet amount split into 5 parts. Two units on the ‘high’ number (which is 12), and three units for the other numbers 2, 3, and 11.

Insurance Bet – This is when there are two or more bets in an attempt to partially cover each other.

Lay Bet – This is a bet that a particular (point) number will not be rolled before a 7 is rolled. You should know that the casino will take a 5% of the winnings on these bets. Most casinos will take this commission up front.

Lay Odds – These are additional odds bet against the dice. Making this bet is usually referred to ‘laying your odds’ for your Don’t bet.

Line Bet – This is a bet on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass line. These bets are placed at the beginning of the game before the Come Out roll. A shooter has to make a Line Bet in order to be able to shoot the dice.

Little Joe – This is the Hard 4 roll. A pair of twos.

Marker Puck – This is the plastic disk dealers use to mark the point on the table. Basically, if the puck is turned to the ‘off’ side, then you know all the Free Odds Bets have no action on the next roll.

Midnight – This is a bet placed that the next roll will be a 12.

Off (or Odds Off) – This means that certain bets will be safe on the next roll.

One Roll Bet – Like Midnight. The outcome of these bets are established on the next roll of the dice.

Parlay – This is when you leave your winnings in action. Also know as letting it ride.

Pass Line Bet – This is a bet stating whether the dice will win or pass. This bet is usually placed immediately before a Come Out roll, but you can make or increase this bet  at any time. You should know the house edge on this bet is 1.41%.

Payoff – This is the payback or return a player gets for his/her bet.

Place Bet – This is a bet that states a particular or place number will show before a 7 is rolled. These bets are typically paid at a little less than correct odds. This gives the house an edge of about 1.52% on 6/8, 4% on 5/9, and 6.67% on 4/10.

Pit – This is the area in the middle of all the craps tables in a casino. This is where you will see the Floor Men walking around keeping their eye on play and the dealers.

Place Numbers –  The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

Point (or Point Number) – This is one of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 that is determined on the Come Out roll.

Playing The Field – This is a common and very popular bet. Placing a field bet means the player is betting that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Pressing (a bet) – This is when a player doubles the bet.

Puppy Paws – This is when the shooter rolls a pair of fives. This slang term is used based on the belief that many players think this roll looks like actual paws.

Right Bettor – This is a player that bets the dice will pass/win.

Seven Out – This is when a 7 is thrown after a point is established. This means the next player in line shoots the dice.

Shooter – This is simply the player that is currently rolling the dice.

Single Odds – This is an odd bet that is just about as much as the original Pass/Come wager. You will find that some casinos allow ‘double odds’ or even bigger odds bets.

Snake Eyes – This is betting on the number two, or when the dice are rolled and they show a pair of ones. This phrase comes about because many players think they actually look like a pair of eyes, and they are a bad roll for the shooter.

Stickman – This is the casino employee that calls out the dice and returns the dice to the shooter. They are also responsible for paying and placing of proposition wagers.

Vigorish (Vigs) – These are the house commissions taken from a particular or certain bet. Comparable to taxing.

Working Bets – This refers that certain bets will be at risk on the next roll.

Whirl Bet – This is a bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12, with the same amount being bet on each number.

Wrong Better – This is a player that bets the dice will not pass.

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