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Bar 6-6 – A total of 12 neither wins nor loses; a standoff and bets may be withdrawn or carried over to the next roll.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