Craps is one of the wildest games at any casino: noisy, chaotic, and super high energy. It can be intimidating for the first-time player, even after you understand the rules of the game, but you can improve your chances of being a sharpshooter with this handy craps glossary courtesy of your favourite online casino. Are you ready to find out what snake eyes means, along with many, many more? Let’s roll.
2-Way – Player bets a one-roll bet for both himself and the dealers.
3-Way Craps – A bet made in three parts: one on 2, one on 3, and one on 12.
Ace – A die showing a value of one.
Aces – Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2. Also called Snake Eyes.
All The Spots (We Got) – A slang term for a roll of twelve.
Any Craps – A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12.
Any Seven – A bet that the next roll will total 7.
Arm – A player who is skilled at throwing the dice.
Betting Right – Betting on the pass line.
Betting Wrong – Betting on the don’t pass line.
Big Red – Another word for seven. Superstitious players do not use the world seven at the table.
Black – Dealer slang for $100 gaming chips – usually black.
Bones – Another name for dice.
Boxcars – Slang for the 12. Also called midnight.
Boxman – Table supervisor seated 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.
Capped Dice – Cheating dice, fixed to favour certain numbers.
Centre Field – A slang term for a roll of nine.
Cold Table – A table where most of the players are losing.
Cold Dice – When it’s not rolling your way.
Colour In – What you say when cashing out smaller valued chips for larger valued chips.
Come Bet – A bet made after the point is established. The same as a pass line bet.
Come-out roll – The first roll of the dice to establish a point.
Crap Numbers – The numbers 2, 3 and 12.
Crap Out – To throw a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out roll.
Craps Check – Betting on any craps during the come-out roll, therefore hedging your pass line bet.
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.
Double Odds – An odds bet that is twice the size of the original pass/come bet.
Easy Way – Rolls of 4, 6, 8, or 10 made without a double.
Fever – Slang term for a roll of five.
Front Line – Another name for a pass line bet.
Garden – Slang for the field bet.
Hard Way – A winning bet on 4, 6, 8, or 10 but only if the dice roll as pairs; 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5.
Hi-Lo – A one-roll bet on 2 & 12
Hi-Lo-Yo – A one-roll bet on 2, 12 & 11.
Hop Bet – A bet that the next roll will result in one particular combination of the dice, such as: 3-5, 2-
2, 3-3, 4-4. etc.
Horn Bet – A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, 11, or 12, made in multiples of 4, with one bet on each of the numbers.
Horn High Bet – A bet made in multiples of 5 with one bet on 3 of the horn numbers, and two bets on the “high” number (number 12).
Hot Dice or Hot Table – When players are winning.
Inside Numbers – Place bets on the numbers 5-6-8-9
Insurance Bet – A wager made to protect against a losing bet.
Lay Bet – A bet that a 7 will be rolled before the number you are placing (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) comes up.
Lay-Out – The printed area on the felt where wagers can be placed.
Lay Odds – After a point has been established, an extra odds bet can be made that wins, only if the original ‘don’t pass’ bet wins.
Little Joe – Slang for a pair of twos or Hard 4.
Little Phoebe – Slang term for a roll of five.
Marker – The plastic disk used to mark the point. One side is printed “on” and the other “off”.
Mark the Point – The dealer puts the Puck on the layout to indicate the point number.
Midnight – Slang for the 12. Also called box cars.
Natural – A seven or 11 thrown on the come-out roll for a winning bet.
One Roll Bet – A bet in craps that is won or lost with a single roll.
Odds Bet – An extra wager made in addition to the pass line bet.
On – This means that your bets are working or in action.
Outside Numbers – Place bets on the 4-10–5-9.
Pass Line Bet – A wager made on the come-out roll where you bet that the shooter will make the point.
Payoff – The amount received from a winning bet.
Payout – The odds associated with a bet, or the amount received from a winning bet.
Place bet – A bet that a selected number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.
Point – The number established by the come-out roll.
Press a Bet – Adding money to an existing bet (typically doubling it).
Proposition Bet – A wager on one of the bets in the centre of the layout.
Puppy Paws – Slang for a roll of ten.
Rail – The area around the top of the craps table where players keep their chips.
Right Better – A player with a bet on the pass line.
Rack – The grooved rail where you keep your chips.
Seven Out – Phrase used when a shooter rolls a seven before making their point thus losing the pass line bet.
Shooter – The player rolling the dice.
Skinny McKinney – Slang for a roll of seven.
Snake Eyes – Slang for the number 2. Also called aces.
Square Pair – A slang term for a hard eight (a pair of fours).
Stickman – The dealer with the stick that runs the table
Up Pops the Devil – Slang term for a roll of seven.
Winner on Dark Side – A slang term for a roll of three.
Working Bets – Bets that remain in play for the next roll.
World Bet – A bet on the horn numbers along with any seven. (2-3-11-12)
Wrong Bettor – A player betting against the shooter.
Yo or Yo-leven – The word used for rolling an eleven so as to not confuse it with “seven.”