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           Craps Terms / Craps Dictionary


Aces   Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2 (1,1).

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. Donít play this. See my Craps Vig chart.

Back Line   Another term for the Don't Pass Line.

Bar 12   The 12 is a push or tie for Donít Pass Line Betters on the Come out roll.

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

Betting Wrong   Betting the throw will win on Don't Pass Line and Don't Come bets.

Big Eight   A bet that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 comes up.  Donít play this.  See my Craps Vig chart.

Big Six    A bet that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 comes up.  Donít play this.  See my Craps Vig chart.

Big Red    Placing a bet on Any Seven.

Bones    nickname for dice

Boxcars    (Betting or referring to the number 12) Two 6ís rolled are known as Boxcars.

Boxman    Casino employee who sits between the two dealers at the Craps table and is responsible for the chips the casino keeps at the table.  The Boxman oversees all play and counts your chip total when you color up.

Buffalo    Placing a bet on each of the Hard ways and Any Seven.

Buy Bet     Giving the house a 5% commission in order to be paid correct odds for a place bet. Buy bets are made the same way as a place bet, but at corrected odds with a 5% fee involved.

C and E Bet   A one roll bet that the next roll of the dice will be any craps (2,3, or 12) or 11.

Center Field    Referring to a 9 being thrown.  Nine is in the center of the field bets.

Choppy Table   A table where the shooters are throwing one or two numbers then sevening out.  Tough to make money on a choppy table.

        Cold Table    A table in which shooters are sevening out before the point is made.

Color Up    Handing in your chips to the dealer in order to receive larger chip denominations.  This makes the handling your chips much easier.  You then proceed to the cashier to cash out.

Come Bet   As secondary Pass Line bet made after a point has been established.

Come Out Roll    The beginning roll when the puck is in the off position.  Pass Line Bet pays 1 to 1.  On the "come out" roll (the first roll), you win on a natural 7 or 11, and will lose if "craps" (2, 3 or 12) is rolled.  Any other number rolled is your "point," and you must throw your point again before a 7 to win your pass line bet.

Craps     when a 2,3 or 12 is rolled.

Dealer    Person to the left and right of the Boxman. The dealer     physically handles   all bets and payouts.

Double Odds    A bet double the amount of the initial Pass Line bet,  Don't Pass Line,    Come or Don't Come bets.  Double odds pay true odds when you win.

Easy Way     A dice roll of 4, 6, 8, 10 each die being different from the other. i.e. 5.3 for an eight or 2,4 for a six.

Edge    The advantage the casino has on the player on any given wager.

Even money bet    a bet that pays 1 to 1.

Free Odds Bet   see Double Odds

Front Line    Same as a Pass Line.

Hi-Lo     A bet that the next roll of the dice will be a 2 or 12.

Hop Bet    One roll bet stating an exact dice combination.

Horn Bet    One bet that covers the 2, 3, 11 and 12.

Horn High Bet    bet amount is split into five parts.  Two parts on the high number 12  or 11 and three units for the other numbers 2, 3 and 11.  Horn High Yo means one unit bet on 2,3,and 12 and two units bet on the 11.

Hot Table     A table in which most shooters are making The Point.

Lay Bet     Paying a 5% commission in order to get true odds on (4,5,6,8,9,10).  You are betting against the Pass Line players.  You are betting the 7 will be rolled before the point.

Layout    referring to the Craps table layout

Line Away    Stickmen will yell this when the shooter sevens out.

Line Bet    Bet on the Pass Line or Don't Pass Line.

Little Joe   Also known as a Hard 4 or (2-2).

Long and Strong     Stickmen will yell this if the shooter does not hit the back wall when rolling the dice.

Marker     A Plastic disk that the dealers use to mark the point on the Craps table; Displays either 'Off' or 'On'.

Midnight    One roll bet on 12.

Natural     when the shooter rolls either a 7 or 11 on the come out roll

Off     Term used when stating which bets will be off or not working on the following roll.

OJ     Term used referring to a 3,2 combination.  aka soft 5

One Roll Bets    Outcome of these bets are established by the next dice roll. Depending on the next roll, the bet either wins or loses.

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

Pair of Aces   Dice rolled with an outcome of (1,1).  aka snake eyes

Pair of Roses    Term used for a hard 10 ( 5,5)

Payoff    The return or payback the player receives for his or her wager.

Pit    The area that is roped off inside the playing tables.  Casino employees pace this area while observing for fair play.

Pit boss    Casino employee who is in charge of a certain section of the table games in a casino.

Place Bet    bet stating a place number will be thrown before a 7 comes out.

Place Numbers     4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.

Point Number    One of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 determined on the come out roll.

Press a Bet    To double an existing bet.

Proposition Bets     All one-roll bets and the hardway bets.

Rail     The grooved area along the top of the craps table perimeter where players keep their chips

        Right Bettor  A player betting the shooter will make the point..

Seven Out Line Away     When the shooter rolls a 7 after a point has been established and before repeating the point number.  At his point, the shooter relinquishes the dice.

Shooter      The player rolling the dice.

Single Odds     a bet amount behind the line matching the bet on the Pass Line or Donít Pass Line.

Snake Eyes     When a two is rolled.

Square Pair     Term used for a hard 8 (4,4).

Stickman      A casino employee who calls out the dice rolls and returns the dice to the shooter, also responsible for the placing and paying the proposition bets.

Taken Down     Term used to denote a bet that has been taken off the table and returned to the player.

Toke      A tip given to the dealer.

The Hard Way Bet     You win if the number comes up exactly as on the table; lose if the number comes up any other way, or if a 7 is thrown. For example, if you have $1 on the hard 4, the dice must roll two two's to win. If the dice roll is 1 and 3, the bet loses. HARD WAY bets will remain on the table in play until the number rolls, or if a seven rolls.  A  Hardway 4 or 10 pays 7 to 1.  A Hardway 6 or 8 pays 9 to 1.

The Point     The number that is established on the come-out roll. Only place numbers (4,5,6,8,9,10) can become the point. The shooter will attempt to repeat throwing the point before throwing a 7 in order to win that round of 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.

        Vig  also known as vigorish The casinoís edge or advantage..

Working      Opposite of off.  Term used when stating which bets will be on or working on the following roll.

World Bet     Betting on 2, 3, 7, 11 and 12 together.  The World bet is always bet in increments of five.  Example: A $10 world bet would be $2 each on 2, 3, 7, 11 and12.

Wrong Bettor     A player betting the dice will not pass. A player who bets the shooter will not make the point and instead will Seven-Out.

X Odds     this is an additional wager thats bet along with the Pass Line  and  Donít Pass bets.  You can wager X times the amount of  your original bet.  The X amount is determined by the Casino.  Many Casinos  offer 2X odds.  Others are now offering 3X on the 4 and 10,   4X on the 5  and 9, and 5X on the 6 and 8.

Yo     The number (5,6) or 11. Also called Yo-lev or Yo-leven



Craps Terms / Craps Dictionary