This is the 11th tip in our eBook How to Play Craps – 11 Rolls to Win.
If you want to be a high roller it’s best to learn the lingo.
Craps Dictionary - Glossary of Terms, Jargon and Slang. If you have ever played craps, you may have heard many strange and odd terms used throughout the game. This page will serve as a dictionary of sorts with a glossary of terms listed in alphabetical order. Normally, craps terms describe a specific bet or a range of different bets. Square Pair A slang term for a hard eight (a pair of fours). Stickman A casino employee at the craps table, responsible for passing the dice to the shooter and announcing the outcome of rolls. Toke A tip to the dealer. Up Pops the Devil A slang term for a roll of seven. Winner on Dark Side A slang term for a roll of three. In street craps, most wagers are based on the 'pass line' game. There should be even money between players that bet with the shooter and the players that bet against the shooter. The pass line works like this: First roll: 7 or 11: Immediate shooter win. 2, 3, or 12: Immediate shooter loss. 3-way craps: A bet made in units of 3 with one unit on 2, one unit on 3, and one unit on 12. This is a horn bet without the bet on 11. This is a horn bet without the bet on 11. 5 Count: A system developed by the 'Captain' to avoid bad rolls, stretch your time and money at the table and sets you up for the good rolls.
This post will cover craps lingo from A – Z.
If you read and understand the following casino craps lingo, you will definitely improve your confidence at the craps table!
A: Aces – betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2 (each dice rolls a one) – Also called “Snake Eyes”
B: Big Red – another word for seven (Remember, it’s bad luck to use the word seven at the table!)
Bones – another name for dice
Boxcars – slang for a total of 12 on the dice (Also called “Midnight”)
Boxman – table supervisor who sits between the dealers and opposite the “Stickman”
Box Numbers – these are the place bet numbers; 4-5-6-8-9-10
Boys or The Boys – slang for the dealers (this can apply, even if the dealers are female)
C: Come bet – a bet made after the point is established (pass Line bet)
Come out roll – the first roll of the dice to establish a point
Crap Numbers – the numbers 2, 3 and 12
D: Don’t Come bet – a don’t pass bet made after the point is established
Don’t Pass bet – a bet that the shooter will not make his point when he rolls the dice
F: Front Line – another name for a pass Line bet
Field Bet – one time bet that the next roll of the dice will be on numbers in the “Field Box”
G: Garden – slang for the Field Bet
H: Hard Way – a bet on 4,6,8, or 10 that wins only if the dice roll as pairs; 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5
Hi-Lo – a one roll bet on 2 & 12
Mahjong app casino games. Hi-Lo-Yo – a one roll bet on 2,12 & 11
Hot Dice or Hot Table – when players are winning
L: Lay bet – a bet that a dice roll will be 7 before the number you are placing comes up
Little Joe – slang for a pair of twos on a dice roll or hard 4
M: Mark the Point – the dealer puts the puck on the layout to indicate the point number
N: Natural – a 7 or 11 dice roll on the “come out” roll for a winning bet
O: Odds Bet – an additional wager made in addition to the pass line bet
Off – what you say to indicate that bets are not active on the next roll of the dice
On – this means that your bets are working or in action
Outside Numbers – place bets on the 4-10 –5-9
P: Parlay – adding your winnings to an original bet and wagering it all.
Pass Line Bet – a wager made on the come out dice roll in which you are betting that the shooter will make the point
Point – the number established by the come out dice roll
Proposition Bet – a wager on one of the bets in the center of the layout
R: Right Better – a player with a bet on the pass line
Rack – the grooved rail where you keep your chips
S: Seven Out – expression when a shooter rolls a seven before making their point thus losing the pass line bet
Shooter – the player rolling the dice
Snake Eyes – slang for rolling a 2 (each dice has a 1) Also called “aces”
Stickman – the dealer with the stick that pushed the dice to the shooter and calls the rolls
T: Toke – another word for a tip
W: Wrong Bettor – a player betting against the shooter
Y: Yo or Yo-leven – the word used for rolling an eleven so as to not confuse it with “seven”
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Just like other casino games, Craps has plenty of terms, slang and jargon that can be heard at the Craps table or around it. Knowing these terms makes the game a little easier to understand and play. Don’t be afraid to ask a fellow player or one of the casino employees about any slang terms you hear at the craps table.
Aces – Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2.
Any Craps – A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12.
Any Seven – A bet that the next roll will be 7.
Arm – Term used to describe a player who is skilled at throwing the dice, sometimes even suggesting that the player can alter the result by the way he throws.
Back Line – same as the Don’t Pass Line.
Betting Right – Pass Line and Come bets.
Betting Wrong – Don’t Pass Line and Don’t Come bets.
Big Eight – Even money bet that an 8 is rolled before a 7.
Big Six – Even money bet that a 6 is rolled before a 7.
Big Red – Betting on any 7 being rolled.
Boxcars – Two 6s.
Boxman – The casino employee who sits behind the table between the two dealers and is in charge of the houses’ chips and overseeing all activity on the table
Buffalo – Betting on all the Hard Ways and Any Seven.
Buy Bets- 5% commission paid to the house so that the correct odds are paid
C &E – One time bet that the next roll will be any craps (2, 3, or 12) or 11.
Capped Dice – non standard, crooked dice which are no longer playable.
Center Bets – Also known as proposition bets, they are placed in the center of the table.
Cold Table – Something every Craps player hates! This table is losing often because shooters are not making points.
Come Bet – wager that the shooter will roll his point
Come Out Roll – The first roll by a shooter, either at the beginning of his turn or after he has made a point.
Craps Out – rolling a craps on the come out roll includes loss of pass line bets
Craps – The name of the game as well as a roll of 2, 3 or 12
Dealer 001f- the two casino employees on the sides of the Boxman who handle placing the bets and payouts
Don’t Come – Betting that the shooter will roll a 7 before he rolls his point.
Don’t Pass Bet – Making a bet against the dice before a Come Out roll.
Don’t Pass Bar – opposite of a Pass Line bet
Double Odds – Doubles the initial Pass Line, Don’t Pass Line, Come, Don’t Come bets.
Easy Way – A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, and 10 with each die having a different number.
Edge – The casino’s advantage over the player.
Even Money – 1:1 payout
Street Craps Slang
Field Bet – A bet on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Floorman – casino employee who stands behind the craps table, dealers with players and credit
Free Odds Bet – Taken at true odds.
Front Line – Same as the Pass Line.
Hard Way- Betting on a 4, 6, 8 or 10 when both dice are the same number
Hi-Lo – One roll bet that the next roll will be a 2 or 12
Hope Bet – Single time bet that the dice will land on specific numbers.
Horn Bet – A bet on 2, 3, 11 and 12 with the same amount.
Horn High Bet – bet amount is split into five parts. Two parts on the high number 12 and three units for the other numbers 2, 3 and 11.
Hot Table – The best kind to play on! A Hot Table will have shooters making points and lots of money for other players. You can always spot these tables by the crowds around them and the noise coming from them.
Inside Numbers – 5, 6, 8 and 9. Used mostly when placing bets dice
Line Bet – Bet on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line.
Lay Bet – Betting that a point number will not be rolled before a 7 is thrown
Lay Odds – Additional odds bet against the dice
Layout – painted marks on the felt showing all bets that can be made
Little Joe – A Hard 4 or rolling 2 2s
Loaded dice – dice that are weighted, results in specific rolled numbers
MarkerBuck/Puck- A Plastic disk that the dealers use to mark the point on the Craps table; ‘Off’ or ‘On’.
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Midnight – One time roll bet on 12.
Natural – 7 or 11 on the come out roll.
Odds – ratio of an event occurring, generally the amount paid out per winning bet
Off – bets will not be active on the next dice roll.
On – active
One Roll Bets – betting on a single dice roll
Outside Numbers – 4, 5 9, and 10.
Parlay – Using winnings to increase a bet, usually double (let it ride/ press the bet).
Pass Line (Bet) – Betting the dice will win or pass.
Payoff – winnings on a wager
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Pit Boss – Casino employee responsible for all craps tables in one area of casino
Place Bet – betting a point number will be thrown before a 7 comes out.
Place Numbers – 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
Point – number established on Come Out roll 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10
Point Number – One of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 determined on the come out roll.
Press (a Bet) – use winnings to double a bet.
Proposition Bets – Prop Bets – single roll bets and the hardway bet.
Rail – The grooved area along the top of the craps table where chips are kept
Right Bettor – A player who bets that the shooter will make the Point.
Roll- single throw of the dice
Rounding – Payout rounding. Rounding up or down the amount.
Seven Out – When a 7 is thrown after a point has been established and before the point number is rolled again thus ending the shooters turn.
Shooter - The player who is currently rolling the dice.
Snake Eyes – When you roll a two in craps. Each die looks like a snake’s eye
Stickman – A casino employee standing opposite the Boxman who calls out the dice rolls and returns the dice to the shooter, also responsible for the placing and paying the proposition bets.
Toke – A tip given to the dealer usually made on a line or prop bet
The Point – The number established on the come-out roll. Only place numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10) can become the point. The shooter attempts to roll the point number again before throwing a 7 in order to win that round of pass line or come betting.
Three-way Craps – A bet made in units of 3 with one unit on 2, one unit on 3, and one unit on 12.
True Odds- odds a particular number will be rolled on any single dice roll
Unit – bet size used as standard of measurement
Vigorish – or Vig. The casino edge or commission taken by the house.
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Working – Bets that are active on any given roll
Whirl Bet – Betting on 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 with the same amount.
Wrong Bettor – A player betting the dice will not pass. A player who bets the shooter will not make the point and instead he will Seven-Out.
Yo – The number 11. Also called Yo-leven