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Craps Glossary

Craps has a language all of its own that will mystify a newcomer.  Don't worry, you can learn all the slang, jargon and terminology that the crew and players use on this page.

You don't have to use all the terms listed here in a casino and you may sound like an amateur if you were to do so.  If you're new at Craps then listen to the other players and when and how they use Craps slang, terms and phrases.  You should pick it up pretty quickly and if you get stuck on what a word or expression means, you can look it up in the list below.  You'll soon sound like a seasoned pro. 

Some of the explanations won't make much sense unless you have grasped the fundamentals of the game.  If you haven't, then try reading basic Craps in a casino, first.

 

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(2) 1 and 1        Snake eyes / Two aces
(3) 1 and 2 Cross eyes / Cock eyes / Ace-deuce /Ace caught a deuce / Phoebe / Little Phoebe
(4) 2 and 2  Little Joe / Little Joe from Kokomo
(5) 3 and 2    Thirty-two juice roll
(6) My sister / Sixty Days
(8) Ada / Ada from Decatur / Eighter from Decatur
4 and 4 Square pair
(9)  Nina from Pasadena / My Carolina
(10) Big Dick
5 and 5  Puppy paws / Pair-a-roses / Pair of sunflowers
(11) 6 and 5 Six five, no jive
(12) 6 and 6 All the spots we got / Boxcars
A
Aces A bet the next roll will be two 1s.
Advantage The House edge.  The percentage worked into the game's odds giving the casino the long term probability that it will win more than it loses. 
Any Craps A bet the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12.
Any Seven A bet the next roll will total 7.
B
Backline The Don't Pass Line.
Bar 6-6 Means that a total neither wins or loses a bet but is a standoff and bets may be withdrawn or carried over to the next roll.  Sometimes it's Bar 1-1 or Bar 1-2.  Gives casinos the advantage on Don't Pass/Don't Come bets.
Behind the Line A bet on the Free-Odds after the come out roll.
Big 6 A bet that a 6 will roll before a 7.
Big 8 A bet that 8 will roll before a 7.
Big Red A bet that the next roll will be a 7.
Bones The dice.
Bowl Container tray holding spare dice by the crew. 
Boxcars A bet on the 12.
Box Man Casino employee supervising a Craps table.
Box Numbers The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 marked inside "boxes" on the layout.
Box Up Change of dice for different set.
Broke Money Money given by the casino to a player, who has nothing left, to pay for transportation home.
Buffalo A bet on each Hard Way and Any Seven.
Buy Bet Paying the House 5% commission to get correct odds on a Place Bet.
C
C & E A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 11.
Chips Round plastic tokens used, instead of cash, for placing bets in a casino.
"choppy" Inconsistent Passes and Misses with no good runs of winning throws.
"cold table" Shooters are not making their points or naturals.
Colour Change Exchanging chips for different denominations.
Come Bet Betting after the come out roll that the dice will Pass from that point in the game.
Come Out Roll The initial roll in a round when setting the point or rolling craps or a natural.
Comps Complimentary drinks, room, food, etc given by a casino according to a players rate/amount of play.
Craps A total of 2, 3, or 12 on the come out roll.
Crap Out An initial throw of craps.
Crew Casino employees running a Craps table.
D
Dealers Casino employees at either end of a Craps table responsible for paying out and placing Free Odds and Lay bets.
"die in the wood" A die has landed in the chip rack.
Don't Come Bet Betting the dice won't pass after the come out roll.
Don't Pass A throw of craps, or a 7 instead of the point.
E
Easy # Total of both dice made as two differing numbers not as a double.  Easy 4 - a 1 and 3 not a 2 and 2.
Even Money Odds of 1 to 1.  Payoff of your original wager and the same amount again.
E.T. A bet that 11 or 12 will roll.
F
Fade Cover a bet in the private game.
Field 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.
Field Bet Betting on a 2, 3. 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 for the next roll.
Free Odds Bet A bet paid at the correct/true odds.  Made in conjunction with another bet that has a House edge.  
Front Line Another term for the Pass Line.
G
H
Hardway A double totalling 4, 6, 8 or 10.  Both dice showing the same number.
Hi / Lo A bet on the 12 and 2.
Hop A bet that a specified number will show on the next roll.
Horn Bet Betting multiples of 4 with 1 unit each on 2, 3, 11, and 12.
Horn High Bet Betting multiples of 5 with 2 units on the high number 12 and 1 unit on the 2, 3, 11.
Horn High Eleven Betting multiples of 5 with 2 units on the number 11 and 1 unit on the 2, 3, 12.
Horn Numbers 2, 3, 11 and 12.
I
Inside Bet Place bet on the 5, 6, 8, or 9.
Inside Numbers 5, 6, 8, or 9.
Insurance Bet Two or more bets attempting to ensure a win on at least one.
J
K
L
Lay Bet Betting that either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10  will roll before a 7.
Layout The lined base of a Craps table marked with the different bets available for players to place their chips.
Line Bet A bet on the Pass Line or Don't Pass Line.
"long and strong" Stickman says it when he wants the dice thrown hard enough to hit the back wall. 
M
Marker An IOU signed by a player with credit at a casino.
Marker Puck Plastic disc used to mark or indicate the point number.
Maximum/Minimum The limits on the amount that can be wagered on a single bet.
Midnight Betting 12 will roll next.
Miss An outcome of craps or a 7 before the point.
N
Natural A throw of 7 or 11 on the come out roll.
O
Odds Bet A bet paid at true odds where the House has no advantage.  Made in conjunction with a bet that has a house edge.
Off Designating a bet is not working/active for the next roll of the dice.
On Designating a bet is working/active for the next roll of the dice.
One Roll Bet A bet determined by the next roll of the dice.
Outside Numbers 4, 5, 9 and 10.
P
Pass A throw of the point or a natural.
Pass Bet Betting the shooter will throw the point or a natural.
Parlay Leaving winnings on a bet and working.
Pass Line Area of Craps table layout where you bet that the dice will pass (throw a natural or make the point)
Pit Area in a casino containing a number of Craps tables.
Pit Boss Casino employee who oversees and supervises a number of Craps tables.
Place Bet A bet on either a 4, 5, 6  8, 9 or 10 rolling before a 7.
Point A number established by the come out roll which is not craps (2, 3, or 12) or a natural ( 7 or 11) ie - 4, 5, 6, 8,  9, or 10. 
Put Bet  
Press Increase a bet, usually double.  See Parlay. 
Proposition Bets A number of bets located in the centre of the table placed through the dealers.
Q
R
Right Bettor A player who bets the dice will pass.
S
Seven Out Rolling a seven before making the point.
Sequence Bet A bet not necessarily determined by the next roll.
Shooter The player who's throwing the dice.
"slow bleed" Losing your money slowly but steadily.
Stickman Casino employee who handles the dice with a long stick curved at the end.
T
Take the Odds Making a Free-Odds bet as a right bettor.
Three Way Craps Betting in multiples of` 3 with 1 unit each on the 2, 3 and 12.
Toke A tip or tipping the crew.
U
V
Vigorish or Vig Originally refers to a percentage charged by a craps operator on bets.  Now sometimes used to refer to the House edge.
W
Whirl Bet A bet the next roll will be a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12.
Working Bet A bet that's live/active.  Not called off by its player.
Wrong Bettor A player who has bet the dice won't pass.
X
Y
Yo (Yo-leven) Slang used for the number eleven.
Z
Zuke Casino slang for a toke or tip.
   
   

 

 

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