Craps Glossary

2-Way – The player makes a one-roll wager for the dealers in addition to his/her own bet.

3-Way Craps – A wager of 3 units, one unit each on 2, 3, and 12.

Aces – A bet that the next roll will total exactly 2 (a pair of ones).

Advantage or House Edge – The odds favoring the casino.

Any Craps – A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12, paying 7 to 1.

Any Seven – A bet that the next roll will be 7, paying 4 to 1.

Apron – The outer edge of the craps layout, behind the pass line, where free odds bets are placed.

Arm – A player skilled at throwing the dice.

Back Line – Alternative name for the Don’t Pass Line.

Bank Craps – The casino version of the game, played against the House as opposed to against other players.

Bank – The casino’s stacks of chips.

Bar 12 or 2 – A push for bets made on the Don’t Pass Line and the Don’t Come.

Bar 6-6 – A total of 12 neither wins nor loses; a standoff and bets may be withdrawn or carried over to the next roll. Some casinos have Bar 1-1 or Bar 1-2.

Behind the Line – Free-odds bets made after the come out roll.

Behind – Establishing a Don’t Come point; chips are placed in the box “behind” that box number.

Bet – A wager.

Betting Right – Wagering that the throw will win on Pass Line and Come bets.

Betting Wrong – Wagering that the throw will lose on Don’t Pass Line and Don’t Come bets.

Big 6 – A bet that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 comes up.

Big 6 or Big 8 – A bet placed in the corner of the layout that wins when that number shows, paying 1 to 1.

Big 8 – A bet that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 comes up

Big Red – A bet placed on Any Seven; also, slang for the number seven.

Black – A $100 chip.

Bones – Slang term for the dice.

Bowl – A container used to hold the dice not in play. Should a thrown die land in the bowl, no roll is called.

Box Man – A casino employee who supervises a Craps table.

Box Numbers – Refers to the potential Point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) where Place Bets can be made.

Box Up – To change the dice for different set.

Boxcars – A pair of sixes; also, a bet on the 12.

Boys – Slang for the dealers.

Buffalo – A 5-unit wager on each of the Hardway bets and Any Seven.

Buy Bet – Paying the house a 5% commission to be paid correct odds for a place bet. Buy and lay bets are made like place bets, but at corrected odds.

C & E – Short for Craps & Eleven; a wager that the next roll will be 2, 3, 12, or 11.

Chips – Tokens used instead of cash for placing bets.

Choppy – Said of shooting, a mix of Passes and Misses with no runs of winning throws.

Cocked – When a die lands on an object (chip, marker, etc.) and its uppermost face is not parallel to the table surface.

Cold Dice or Cold Table – Said of shooting, when no one is making their point.

Color In or Color Up – To exchange smaller chips for larger denominations preparatory to leaving the table.

Come Bet – Same as the Pass Line bet, but made after the Come Out roll.

Come Bet Point – The Point established for a Come Bet; this can be any box number thrown after the Point is established on the Come Out roll.

Come Out Roll – The first roll of the dice in a betting round, which determines the point for the Pass and Don’t Pass Line bets.

Comp – Complimentary drinks, food, rooms or other gifts given to the player by the casino.

Crap Numbers – The numbers 2, 3 and 12.

Crap Out – Any throw of craps on the Come Out roll.

Crapless Craps – A variation of Craps in which a roll of craps is not a losing roll on the Come Out.

Craps – A Come Out roll that totals 2, 3, or 12; also the name of the dice game.

Craps Check – Wagering on Any Craps during the come out roll to hedge a Pass Line bet.

Crew – The casino employees who running the Craps table.

Crooked Dice – Non-standard or non-uniform dice; dice that have been tampered with to make them roll differently from normal.

Croupier – Another term for a dealer.

Dealer – A casino employee working one of the table games; most craps game have four dealers working in rotation.

Die in the Wood – Said of shooting, when a die lands in the chip rack.

Dime – A $10 chip.

Don’t Come – Same as the Don’t Pass bet, but made after the Come Out roll.

Don’t Pass – A wager made on the Come Out roll which wins on throws of 2 or 3, loses on 7 or 11, and pushes on a roll of 12 (see Bar 6-6). If a point is established, this bet wins if a 7 comes up before the point is made, otherwise it loses.

Don’t Pass Bar – The betting area above the Pass Line where Don’t Pass bets are made.

Double Odds – Allows doubling of the initial Pass Line, Don’t Pass Line, Come, and Don’t Come bets.

Down Behind – A phrase used by the stickman to remind a base dealer to remove losing Don’t Come bets.

Down with Odds – A phrase used to describe the conversion of a player’s place bet to odds for a Come Bet that has traveled to a number. The place bet comes “down” after it is paid and is converted to a free odds bet for the come bet.

E.T. – A wager on 11 and 12.

Easy Numbers – For an even total, the numbers showing on the two dice are not the same.

Easy Way – A roll of 4, 6, 8, 10, with each die different from the other.

Edge – The odds favoring the casino; also referred to as Advantage or House Edge.

Even Money – Odds of 1 to 1.

Fade – Said of betting in private games rather than against the bank, to match the wager made by an opposing player.

Field – The numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Field Bet – A bet on the Field.

Free Odds Bet – A wager taken at true odds, always made in conjunction with another bet that has an Advantage or House edge; also called an Odds Bet.

Front Line – Another term for the Pass Line.

Garden – Slang term for a Field Bet.

Green – A $25 chip.

Hard Way or Hardway – Any Point made up of a pair of the same numbers: 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, or 5-5.

Hardway Bet – Betting on a Hard Way total appearing before the corresponding Easy total or a 7 comes up.

Hi-Lo – A one-roll bet on the 2 and 12.

Hi-Lo-Yo – A one-roll bet on the 2, 12 and 11.

Hook – The corner of the table midway between the stickman and the base dealer.

Hop – A one-roll bet that a one particular combination of numbers will occur on the next roll, such as 3-5, 4-6, etc.; sometimes called a Hope Bet.

Horn Bet – A one-roll bet on the 2, 3, 11, or 12.

Hoping Hardway – A 2-2 Hop Bet.

Horn High Bet – A one-roll bet split into five parts, two on the 12 and one each on the 2, 3 and 11.

Horn High Eleven – Same as the Horn High Bet, but with two units on the 11 and one each on the 2, 3, and 12.

Horn Numbers – The 2, 3, 11 and 12.

Hot Dice or Hot Table – Said of shooting, when players are winning.

Inside Bet – Wagers made on the 5, 6, 8, or 9.

Inside Numbers – The 5, 6, 8, or 9.

Insurance Bet – Two or more wagers that partially cover one another.

Lammer – A plastic disc that the dealers use to designate various bet situations—On, Off, Buy and Lay; also called a Puck.

Lay Bet – A bet that a 7 will be rolled before the Point number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) comes up.

Lay Odds – After a Point has been established, additional odds bet against the dice on an original Don’t Pass Bet or Don’t Come.

Layout – The surface of the table, with betting areas indicated.

Line Bet – Any bet on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line.

Little Joe – A Hard 4 (2-2).

Long and Strong – An instruction from the stickman to the player to throw the dice hard enough to hit the back wall.

Mark the Point – The dealer’s act of putting the Puck on the layout to indicate the Point number.

Marker – Casino credit; an IOU signed by a player.

Maximum/Minimum – The limits on how much can be wagered on a single bet.

Miss – Rolling any Craps on the Come out or throwing a 7 before the Point.

Money Plays – Cash wagered rather than chips.

Natural – Refers to a throw of 7 or 11 on the Come Out roll; a win on the Pass Line.

Nickel – A $5 chip.

No Bet – Said of wagering, when the dealer will not accept a bet made too late, of an incorrect value, or in a betting area that is marked Off.

Odds Bet – A wager taken at true odds, always made in conjunction with another bet that has an Advantage or House edge; also called a Free Odds Bet

Off – Said of wagering, certain betting areas are not active on the next dice roll; no additional bets can be made there and existing bets are safe.

Off and On – Refers to how Dealers pays off Come Bets when a new Come Bet is the same number as one already established.

On – Said of wagering, certain betting areas are active on the next dice roll; additional bets can be made there and existing bets are in action.

One-Roll Bet – A wager determined by the next roll of the dice.

Outside Numbers – The numbers 4, 5, 9, and 10.

Parlay – Said of wagering, to leave winnings on a bet and active; aka “let it ride.”

Pass – To throw a natural on the Come Out roll or make a Point thereafter.

Pass Bet – Said of wagering, backing the shooter to throw a natural or make a Point.

Pass Line – The section of the table layout where Pass Bets are made.

Payoff – The return or payback that the player gets for a winning wager.

Pips – Another name for the spots on the dice.

Pit – The area in a casino where the table games are located.

Pit Boss – A casino employee in charge of the Pit, including its Craps tables.

Place Bet – A bet on a Box Number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) being thrown before a 7 is rolled.

Place Numbers – Another name for Box Numbers, the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

Point – A number established by the Come Out roll, which is not craps (2, 3, or 12) or a natural (7 or 11); one of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.

Press or Press a Bet – Said of wagering, to double a bet.

Proposition Bet – Any wager made in the center of the Craps layout, including the Hop and Hardway bets.

Puck – The Lammer; a plastic disc that the dealers use to designate various bet situations—On, Off, Buy and Lay.

Put Bet – A Come Bet allowed by some casinos to “put” a wager directly to a Box Number with odds without going through the Come.

Quarter – A $25 chip.

Rail or Rack – The grooved wooden edge around the table, where players store their chips.

Right Bettor – A player who bets on the Pass Line.

Rounding – The act of rounding up or down the amount paid out.

Sequence Bet – Any wager that is not necessarily determined by the next roll.

Seven Out – Said of shooting, when a 7 is thrown after a point has been established; the shooter’s turn with the dice ends and the next player in line will shoot.

Shooter – The player who is currently throwing the dice.

Skinny Dugan – Slang for the number 7, used because saying “seven” is considered bad luck; see other terms used for 7 below.

Snake Eyes – Slang for the number 2; see other terms used for 2 below.

Square Pair – Slang for the hard 8; see other terms used for 8 below.

Stacks – The stacks of chips in front of the Dealers used to pay bets.

Stick – An elongated tool used to collect and offer the dice.

Stickman – A casino employee who calls out the dice rolls and returns the dice to the shooter; typically responsible for the placing and paying of proposition bets, too.

Taking Odds – Making a Free Odds Bet as a Right Bettor, by backing the Pass Line or Come Bet with an additional wager.

Toke – Slang term for a tip given to the Dealer or Crew.

True Odds – The correct odds according to a dice probabilities chart.

Vigorish or Vig – A commission taken by the House.

Whip – Slang term for the stick.

Whirl Bet or World Bet – A Horn Bet combined with one unit wagered on Any Seven; i.e., one unit each bet on the 2, 3, 7 11, and 12.

Working – Bets that are in action on the table, or at risk, on the next dice roll.

Wrong Bettor – A player who bets against the shooter on the Don’t Pass Line.

Yo or Yo-leven – The number 11; see other terms used for 11 below.

Zuke – Slang term for a tip given to the Dealer or Crew; also called a Toke.

Nicknames for Dice Rolls

(2) 1 and 1 – Snake Eyes, Cat’s Eyes, Two Aces

(3) 1 and 2 – Cross Eyes, Cock Eyes, Ace-Deuce, Phoebe, Bad News

(4) 1 and 3 – Easy Four, Easy Four, Baskin Robbins (“31”), Bree Walker

(4) 2 and 2 – Little Joe, Little Joe from Kokomo, Hard Four

(5) 1 and 4, 2 and 3 – Handy Andy, Fever Five, No Field Five, 32 Juice Roll (“32”)

(6) 1 and 5, 2 and 4 – Easy Six, Six Easy, Alien Handshake (“51”), All Day (“24”)

(6) 3 and 3 – My Sister, Sixty Days, Brooklyn Forest, Sixie from Dixie, Hard Six

(7) Any 7 – Natural, Big Red, Skinny Dugan, Savannah, Magic Number, Sweet (“16”)

(8) 2 and 6, 3 and 5 – Ada, Eighter from Decatur, Easy Eight, Eight Easy

(8) 4 and 4 – Windows, Square Pair, Ozzie and Harriet, Forty-Four, Hard Eight

(9) 3 and 6 – Nina from Pasadena, My Carolina, Centerfield Nine, Lou Brown

(9) 4 and 5 – Same As 3 and 6, also Railroad Nine

(10) 4 and 6 – Big Dick

(10) 5 and 5 – Puppy Paws, Pair-a-Roses, Pair of Sunflowers, Hard Ten

(11) 5 and 6 – Six Five/No Jive, Yo, Yo-Leven

(12) 6 and 6 – Boxcars, Midnight, Double Saw, All the Spots We Got