Craps terms: A complete glossary

Craps is a tricky game for beginners. There are a lot of betting options to pick from, and the rules are unlike card games. To help you out, here’s a glossary of craps terms that will help you pick up the game fast. Once you know the lingo, you’ll find it much easier to step up to the craps table and enjoy the game.

Glossary of craps terms

Aces – Betting on two 1s turning up on the next roll.

Any Craps – Betting on 2, 3 or 12 turning up on the next roll. The payout is usually 7:1 with a house edge of 11.1%

Any Seven – Betting that the next roll will turn up a 7. The payout is usually 4:1 with a house edge of 16.7%.

Apron – The area behind the pass line on the craps table where free odds bets may be placed.

Arm – ‘An arm’ is the slang name for skilled shooters who are good at dice control.

Back Line – Another name for the Don’t Pass Line.

Bank – The stack of chips placed on the craps table by the casino.

Base Dealer – Two base dealers at the Craps table are responsible for placing and paying out bets to players at the two betting areas on both sides of the table.

Bar 6-6 – This occurs when there is a standoff with no total wins or losses and bets placed may be withdrawn or, carried over to the next betting roll. Also, known as Bar 1-1 or Bar 1-2.

Bar 12 or 2 – This is a push for bets on the Don’t Pass Line and the Don’t Come.

Behind the Line – Betting on Free Odds after the come out roll.

Big 6 – Betting on a 6 turning up before a 7 on the next roll. The payout is even.

Big 8 – Betting on a 8 turning up before a 7 on the next roll. The payout is even.

Big Red – Betting that the next roll will show a 7.

Bones – Another name for the dice.

Black – Slang name for a $100 casino check.

Bowl – The tray where the Stickman keeps the spare dice.

Boxcars – Betting on the number 12.

Boxman – The person supervising the dealers working at the Craps table, who is also responsible for counting cash and gaming checks, settling disputes and overseeing play on the table.

Box Numbers – The numbers 4, 5, six, 8, nine and 10 marked inside ‘boxes’ on the layout. Also, known as the point numbers. The remaining numbers are known as natural numbers.

Box Up – Refers to the changing of dice with a new set.

Buffalo – Refers to a 5 unit bet on every Hard Way and number Eleven.

Buy Bet – Paying a 5% commission to the house corrects the odds for a place bet. Bets are placed on any of the box numbers and payouts if that number turns up before a seven.

C and E – A two unit bet that the next roll will show 2, 3, or 11: One unit is bet on any Craps ‘C’ the other unit on 11 ‘E.’

Change Only – A player must call out “change only” when placing cash on the felt to indicate to the dealer that he wants to buy some chips rather than place a bet.

Checks and chips – Both names for the round, plastic tokens used for placing bets at casino tables.

Cocked Dice – A situation when one or both dice do not land flat on the table and requires the Boxman to make a call.

Cold Table – A term used when a shooter is not having much luck making their points or naturals.

Colour Change – Refers the exchange of chips for a different denomination.

Colour Up – When a player exchanges chips for larger denominations.

Come Bet – This is a bet placed on the come out roll that pays on a 7 or 11 and loses on a 2, 3 or 12.

Come Out Roll – Is the first roll of a new game.

Craps – Numbers 2, 3 and 12 turning up on the come out roll.

Crapless Craps – A type of Craps where a roll of craps (2, 3 or 12) is not a loss at the come out but instead establishes the Point. The house edge on Crapless Craps are much higher than regular Craps and tend to get a wide berth from experienced Craps players.

Crew – The name for the casino personnel running an individual Craps table.

Dealers – There will be four crew members or dealers per table who rotate positions. It is the dealer’s job to pay out as well as place Free Odds and Lay bets.

Die In the Wood – A die that lands in a rack of chips.

Dime – A $10 bet.

Don’t Come Bet – When the player bets that the dice will not pass after the come out roll. Winnings are on a roll that shows 2 or 3 and losses on a 7 or 11. You can remove this bet at any time.

Don’t Pass Bet – You can place this bet during the come out roll. Losses are on 7 and 11 with wins on 2 and 3. The role of 12 establishes a don’t pass point, and once this is done, a 7 must show on the next roll for the bet to be a winner, throw of craps, or a 7 instead of the point.

Down Behind – A reminder from the Stickman to the dealer at the base that they must take losing Don’t Come bets.

Down With Odds – Refers to the situation when a place bet comes ‘down’ once it is paid and is converted to free odds bet for the come bet.

Easy Way – Refers to the rolling of 4,6,8 or 10 when each die is showing a different number of spots.

Edge – The advantage held by the house on bets placed by players.

E.T Bet – Betting that 11 or 12 will turn up on the next roll.

Fade – When a player meets an opposing player’s bet in a private game rather than playing against the casino.

Field – The area on the layout containing the numbers 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Field Bet – Bets placed in the Field.

Free Odds Bet – A bet paid at the true odds that combine with another bet with a house edge.

Front Line – Another name for the Pass Line.

Hard Ways Bets – Refers to bets, controlled by the Stickman, on boxes with even numbers (4, 6, 8 or 10.) When they are rolled with an even split across the dice, i.e., 2 + 2, 3 + 3, 4 + 4 and 5 + 5 before the roll of a 7.

Hi / Lo – Refers to a two unit bet laid on the high 12 and the low 2.

Hi-Lo-Yo – This three unit bet is a variation on the Hi/Lo bet with one unit each placed on 2, 11 and 12.

Hook – The position on the Craps table between the base dealer and the stickman.

Hop Bet – Refers to one roll bets, carrying a high house edge, on any combination of two numbers picked by a player for the next roll.

Horn Bet – Refers to a 4 unit bet with 1 unit each bet on 2, 3, 11, and 12.

Horn High Bet – Refers to a 5 unit bet on 2, 3, 11 and 12 with a fifth number that is high which is called by the player.

Hot Table – A table where the shooters are rolling the point.

Inside Bet – Betting on the inside numbers 5, 6, 8, or 9.

Inside Numbers – The inside numbers are 5, 6, 8, or 9.

Insurance Bet – Two or more bets made in an attempt to cover each other.

Juice – A well-known slang term for vig (vigorish) which refers to the house edge.

Lammer – This is a plastic puck-like marker used by the dealers to indicate which place and lay bets are ‘on’ and ‘off.’

Lay Bet – A bet that the 7 will turn up before the point. It is just like a place to lose the bet but has a different payout.

Layout – The felt surface of the Craps table where the betting areas are marked for the players.

Line Bet – Betting on the Pass or Don’t Pass Line.

Long and Strong – A call from the stickman when the shooter needs reminding to throw the dice hard enough to hit the back wall.

Little Joe, or Little Joe from Kokomo – Slang for the roll of a 4, particularly when rolled as a 1 and a 3.

Marker – Refers to an IOU agreement between a player and the casino when the player owes money to the house.

Marker Puck – The plastic disc used by dealers to indicate the ‘Off’ and ‘On’ points on the Craps table.

Maximum/Minimum – The limits set on an amount that can be wagered on a single craps bet.

Midnight – Refers to a single roll bet on the number 12.

Miss – When Craps or 7 turn up before the point.

Money Plays – Called by the Dealer to acknowledge that cash is being used to bet on the craps table rather than chips.

Natural – When there is a throw of either a 7 or an 11 on the come out roll. Also known as natural seven or natural eleven.

Nickel – Used to describe a $5 chip.

No Bet – Announced by the dealer when a player’s bet is not accepted at the table either because it was too late, incorrect value, improper dice throw, etc.

Odds Bet – A bet with no house advantage that is paid at its true odds. However, such a bet is usually made in conjunction with a bet that does have a house edge.

Off – Refers to a bet that is not working for the next roll. The dealer will call it at the player’s request.

On – Refers to a bet that is live and working on the layout.

One Roll Bet – A bet on the next roll of the dice.

Outside Numbers – The outside numbers are 4, 5, 9 and 10.

Pass Bet – Betting that the shooter will roll the point or a natural (7 or 11).

Parlay – Adding the winnings of one bet to another bet.

Pass Line – A bet that pays evens on a 7 or an 11 turning up on the come out roll. A 2, 3 or 12 loses.

Past Posting – Refers to a form of cheating when a player places or adds to a bet that has already won.

Pips – Refers to the spots on the dice.

Pit – This refers to the area in the casino where you will find the Craps tables.

Pit Boss – The individual responsible for supervising and overseeing the ‘Pit.’

Place Bet – Placing a bet on numbers 4, 5, six, 8, nine or 10 turning up before a 7.

Point – The Point is established when a 4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10 is rolled in the ‘come-out,’ and the dealer places the puck on that box number.

Press – When a player tells the dealer that they want to “press” to increase an existing bet. Bets are increased by a factor of 2, but the player can choose the increments.

Proposition bet – A bet, placed in the centre of the layout, that either wins or loses on a single roll, i.e., the next roll.

Purple – Slang for $500 chips.

Put Bet – A bet ‘put’ directly on a box number without having to place a come bet, which carries a high house edge.

Quarter – Refers to a $25 chip.

Rail – The area designed for players to keep their chips which run around the top of the Craps table.

Right Bettor – The player, on the side of the shooter, betting that the dice will win or pass.

Rounding – Refers to the rounding off of the payout amount to a whole number.

Seven Out – This is called by the Stickman when a shooter rolls a seven before making the point and indicates the end of that shooter’s current roll.

Sequence Bet – Refers to a bet not necessarily determined by the next roll.

Shooter – Refers to the player currently in control of the dice.

Skinny Dugan – Refers to the number 7 which must never be referred to by directly as “seven” in the game of Craps as it is considered very bad luck and will make you very unpopular.

Slow Bleed – Refers to the slow and steady loss of a particular player at the Craps table.

Snake Eyes – Refers to a roll of two 1s.

Square Pair – Another name for a hard eight.

Stacks – The stack of chips placed in front of the dealers that are used to pay bets.

Stickman – The member of the crew whose job it is to handle the dice using a long stick.

Take the Odds – Making a Free-Odds bet as a right bettor.

Three Way Craps – Betting in multiples of` 3 with 1 unit each going on the 2, 3 and 12.

Toke – Another word for a tip given to a member of the crew.

True odds – Refers to the right odds on an outcome according to the probabilities laid out in the chart.

Two way – A one roll bet for the player and the dealers.

Vigorish – Better know by its abbreviation Vig refers to the commission paid to the house on buy bets, lay bets and other types of bets. Also used to refer to the House edge.

Whirl Bet – This is a 5 unit bet on a 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 turning up on the next roll.

Wrong Bettor – A player who bets that a dice will not pass, in other words, one who is betting against the shooter.

Working Bet – A bet that is currently live or active on the table.

Yo or Yo-leven – Slang for the number eleven and used to prevent any confusion with the similar sounding number seven.

Zuke – Slang for a toke or tip.

That’s a lot of craps terms, but as soon as you start playing the game you’ll pick them up fast. Casinos in some parts of the world will use some more than others. While any of the terms to do with betting are more universally accepted. If you’re playing the game online, keep this list open in another tab to refer back to. This way, if any words crop up that have you scratching your head, you don’t have to waste time looking up each one.