Craps Terms

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Casino Craps Table. Photo Courtesy (Nevada Casino History)

You are going to be amazed by what you hear at a casino craps table, and not all of it is nice. Of course you might misinterpret some of the things you hear, because craps has a lingo all its own. Craps players are very passionate about their game and express their passion verbally, and colorfully. Playing the game will give you a feel for the vernacular, but knowing a few things before you try shooting the dice will help you get comfortable.

Craps Tables and Layouts

A standard craps table is about 14 feet long with rails about 2-feet high so the dice will stay on the table when thrown. Although there are no rules and regulations in most states regarding the exact size of the table, the casino is looking for a game that will always provide a fair roll of the dice. The Pit boss and dealers watch the game closely, but are happy to help if you have questions. Terms heard about the table include:

  • Bones: The dice
  • Box: Short for Boxman; also the box where cash and paperwork is dropped by the boxman
  • Boxman: Supervisor who sits between the inside dealers and is in charge of a craps game
  • Boys: Dealers or the craps crew
  • Chips: Clay-based units of wager purchased at the game to designate bets
  • Crew: The craps crew are the dealers on the game. May include the boxman
  • Dealers: Casino employees who run table games
  • Dice: Six-sided cubes marked 1-6
  • Dice bowl: Plastic or wooden bowl that holds excess dice, also call the dice boat
  • Inside Dealer: Two dealers situated inside the pit area who handle the chips
  • Lay-Out: Printed fabric (originally felt) covering the base of the table where all the action is handled.
  • Outside dealer: Stickman, stands outside the pit.
  • Puck: Marker used to signify the point, shaped like a hockey puck
  • Rail: Open and padded table-top section of a craps table where players store their chips
  • Stickman: Dealer who is in charge of prop bets and the dice.

Playing the Game

Once the dealers have removed the plastic guard from the chips, counted down the bankroll, gotten a stick and dice ready, and set the table limit, players may join the game. More terms are likely to be heard at this time including:

  • Aces: Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2. Also called Snake Eyes.
  • Action: Bets are working or in-action; good action signifies heavy bets.
  • 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.
  • Big Red: The number 7.
  • Black-action: $100 chips are often black in color; this term refers to $100 bets in action.
  • Boxcars: Slang for the 12. Also called midnight and a dozen.
  • Box Numbers: These are the place bet numbers 4-5-6-8-9-10.
  • Boys or The Boys: Slang for the Dealers.
  • Choppy Dice: No long hands, a point or two an seven out - cant win on pass or don't pass
  • Cold Dice: When hands are short and the pass line is not winning.
  • Color In: Changing lower denomination chips for higher denomination chips.
  • Come bet: A bet made after the point is established; a personal pass line bet.
  • Come out roll: The first roll of the dice to establish a point.
  • Comp: Free enticements from the casino like meals and rooms based on action.
  • Corner Red: Big-six and big-eight bet on corner of layout pays even money; printing is red.
  • Crapless Craps: A game where even 2, 3 and 12 are "point" numbers
  • Craps: The numbers 2-3-12.
  • Craps Check: Bet on the numbers 2-3-12/
  • 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 their point.
  • Double odds: A bet double in size of the original pass or come bet; pays true odds.
  • Down or Take me down: Dealer will remove your place bets and odds bets and return them.
  • Easy Way: 4-6-3-10 made the easy way - not with a pair.
  • Eye in the Sky: Surveillance department or the cameras used to watch the casino.
  • E-yo-leven: Slang for eleven to distinguish from the word seven.
  • Field: One-roll bet on the number in the field, typically 2-3-4-9-10-11-12.
  • Front Line: Pass line bet.
  • Front Money: Cash placed by a player at the casino cage, then accessed by markers on table games.
  • Garden: The field.
  • George: Player who tips well.
  • Green: $25 chips.
  • Hard Way: 4-6-8-10 made with a pair (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 2-11-12.
  • Hop bet: A one-roll bet.
  • Horn bet: One-roll prop bet covering 2-3-11-12.
  • Horn High bet: A bet made in multiples of $5 with one unit on 3 of the horn numbers, and two units on the "high" number, such as horn-high twelve with $2 on 12.
  • Hot Dice: The dice are passing; the pass line is winning.
  • Inside Numbers: Place bets on the numbers 4-5-6-8.
  • Lammer: Laminated plastic disc with numbers to signify marker action or fill amounts.
  • Lay bet: A bet that a number will not roll before seven.
  • Lay Odds: Odds placed on a don't pass bet.
  • Little Joe: A total of four on the dice.
  • Mark the point: Inside dealer places the puck on the pass line point to mark the point.
  • Marker: A casino-draft like a check for players to access their casino credit or front-money.
  • Midnight: A total of 12 on the dice; also called a dozen.
  • Natural: A total of 7 or 11 on the dice.
  • One Roll Bet: A bet that wins or loses on the next roll of the dice.
  • Odds Bet: Additional bet made with odds on the pass line or come line wager.
  • Off: When your place bets and odds are not working they are off.
  • Off and On: Come bet stays up (may be with odds) and the bet is paid.
  • On: All bets are working.
  • Outside Numbers: Place bets 4-5-9-10.
  • Parlay: Adding your winnings to an original bet.
  • Pass Line Bet: A wager made on the come out roll in which you are betting that the shooter will make the point.
  • Place bet: Individual wagers on place numbers, 4-5-6-8-9-10.
  • Point: The number established by the come out roll.
  • Press: Increasing a bet, especially a place bet - usually doubling it.
  • Proposition Bet: Any horn bets including hardways.
  • Right Better: Pass-line better.
  • Seven Out: End of the hand at craps, the shooter rolls seven and does not make their point.
  • Shooter: The player rolling the dice.
  • Snake Eyes: A dice total of 2; also bug-eyes, boss-eyes, aces.
  • Two-Way: Any bet split between the player and the dealers.
  • Three-way craps: Prop bet covering 2-3-12.
  • Toke: A tip for the dealers.
  • World Bet: Prop bet covering 2-3-11-12-7.
  • Wrong Bettor: A player betting against the shooter, betting the don't pass.
  • Yo, Yo-leven: Slang for eleven to distinguish from the word seven.

The more you learn, the more you will enjoy playing craps. If you don't understand a casino term, ask the dealers, they are there to help.