following is a large selection of terms commonly used
in the casino craps games; knowing them will help
a player better understand the terminology of the
Advantage, Casino Advantage. See Edge
Any Craps. A one-roll bet that the next throw of the
dice will come up 2, 3, or 12.
Any Seven. A one-roll wager that the next throw of
the dice will be a 7.
Back-Line. A bet on don't pass.
Bar the 12. A term shown on the craps layout, both
in the don't pass and don't come betting areas, which
bars the 12 as a winning bet for wrong bettors. In
some casinos the 2 is barred instead of the 12.
Betting Right. Betting that the dice will pass or
Betting Wrong. Wagering that the dice will not pass,
or lose betting against the dice.
Big 6 and big 8. A bet, paying even money, that the
6 and/or 8 will come up on the dice before a 7 is
Boxman. A casino executive who supervises the craps
table from a seated position between two standing
Bring Out. A term used by the stickman exhorting players
to make certain bets in order to have the point come
up on the dice. "Bet the hard six; bring it out."
Buck. See Disk
Buy the 4 and 10. Paying a 5 percent commission to
the house in order to have the place numbers 4 and
10 pay off at correct odds of 2-1. Casino Checks.
The casino's term for chips issued by the house.
Change Color. To change casino chips into larger or
smaller denominations. This is done by a standing
Chips. The common term for the tokens issued by the
casino in place of money and having the equivalent
value of cash, according to the denominations of the
Cold Dice. Dice that aren't passing.
Come Bet. Betting that the dice will pass after the
come out roll.
Come Box. The area on the layout where come bets are
Come-Out Roll. The initial or first roll of the dice
before a point has been established.
Craps. The term for a 2, 3, or 12 being roiled.
Craps Out. Throwing a craps number on the come-out
Crew. The four dealers who staff a craps table.
Dealer. A casino employee who helps operate a craps
table by dealing either directly with the players
or by handling the stick and calling the games.
Dice. A pair of cubes, each with six sides and each
numbered with from 1 to 6 dots, whose combinations,
when thrown, determine the wins and losses in the
games of craps.
Die. A single cube; singular of dice.
Disk. A round plastic object which is black on one
side and white on the other. When on the white side
and in a place box number, it designates that a shoot
is in progress and that that number is the point.
Don't Come Bet. A bet made after the come-out roll
that the dice will lose or won't pass.
Don't Come Box. The area on the layout where a don't
come bet is made.
Don't Pass Bet. A bet made on the come-out roll that
the dice will lose or won't pass.
Don't Pass Line. The area on the craps layout where
a don't pass bet is made.
Double Odds Bet. A free odds bet made at double the
original bet on a line, come, or don't come wager.
Easy, Easy Way. The roll of a 4, 6, 8, or 10 where
the dice are not matched as a pair. For example, a
5 and 1. is an easy six.
Edge. The advantage, usually expressed as a percentage,
that a casino has over the player on a particular
Even-Money. A payoff at 1-1.
Field Bet. A bet that the next roll of the dice will
come up 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.
Floorman. Casino executive who stands behind the craps
table, overseeing the games and watching the play
of junket members. He also determines whether credit
should be given to a player.
Free Odds. A bet made in addition to a line, come,
or don't come bet at correct odds. The house has no
advantage on this bet.
Front Line. Another name for the pass line.
George. A dealer's term for a generous tipper.
Hardway. The term for 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5 pairs
Hardway Bet. A wager that the dice will come up as
a pair on any of the following numbers-4, 6, 8, and
10, before they come up easy or before a 7 is rolled.
Hop Bet. A one-roll wager on any number the player
selects, at disadvantageous odds to the gambler.
Horn Bet. A combined oneroll bet on the 2, 3, 11,
Hot Hand. A shooter who is continually making points
and numbers while rolling the dice is said to have
a hot hand.
Hot Roll. A roll in which the dice are continually
passing and are held by the shooter for a long period
Inside Numbers. The place numbers 5, 6, 8, and 9.
Layout. The imprint on the felt surface of a craps
table, showing all the bets that can be made with
spaces for those bets outlined.
Lay the Odds. An odds bet by a wrong bettor against
a number, which, if won, will be paid off at less
than even money.
Lay Wager. A place bet by a wrong bettor, who pays
a 5 percent commission in order to make this bet.
Miss, Miss Out. Another term far sevening out. Natural.
A term for a 7 or 11 being thrown on the come-out
Nickels. An insider's term for $5 chips at a casino.
Numbers. The term for the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.
Odds Bets. See Free Odds Off. An oral call by a player
that certain of his bets will not be working on the
next roll of the dice, such as place wagers. Also
a term signifying that certain bets on the layout
will not be working on a come-out roll, such as place
bets and odds bets on come numbers.
On Base. The term for the standing dealer who is not
One-Roll Bets. Wagers whose outcome is determined
by the very next roll of the dice.
On the Stick. The term to indicate that a dealer is
Outside Numbers. The 4, 5, 9, and 10 as place numbers.
Pass. A winning decision for the dice.
Pass Line. The area on the layout where a pass-line
bet is made.
Pass-Line Bet. A wager that the dice will pass, or
win. Payoff. The paying out of a winning bet to a
Pit Boss. A casino employee who is in charge of all
the craps tables in one area of the casino, known
as the craps pit.
Place Numbers, Place Bets. A wager on the 4, 5, 6;
8, 9, or 10, either combined or separately, that these
numbers will repeat before a 7 shows on the dice.
This bet is made in the place-box area of the layout.
Player. Another term for gambler or bettor.
Press, Press a Bet. Raising a previous bet, usually
by doubling it.
Proposition Bets. The bets that can be made in the
center of the layout.
Quarters: An. insider's term for $25 chips.
Rails. The grooved area at the craps table where players
keep their chips when not betting them.
Right Bettor. A player betting with the dice, wagering
that they'll pass.
Roll. A single throw of the dice. Also, a complete
series of rolls until the shooter sevens out.
Scared Money. Insufficient cash to gamble with.
Seven out. The roll of a 7 after a point is established,
ending the shooter's roll.
Shoot. A complete series of rolls until the shooter
Shooter. The player who rolls the dice.
Stickman. The dealer who calls the games and handles
the stick during a craps games.
Taken Down. A bet that is removed and returned to
the player, either at his request or by the rules
of the games.
Take the Odds. An odds bet made by a right bettor,
which, if won, will be paid off at better than even
Tip. See Toke
Toke. The dealer's term for a gratuity or tip.
Tom. The dealer's term for a poor tipper.
Working. A designation that bets are on and alive
and thus that payoffs will be made or losing bets
collected as a result of the dice's roll.
Wrong Bettor. A player who bets against the dice;
one who bets that the dice won't pass.