Craps Terminology and Glossary

Craps Terminology

The game of Craps is an very popular casino game. Played on a craps table that is big enough for up to 20 players and the 3 casino employees who keep the game going and track everything.

We believe that craps was first played by English Crusaders. Which they called the game Hazard, a corruption of the name of the castle to which they were laying siege. On the other hand others say that the name Hazard is a corruption of the Arabic word for dice. Hazard soon was extremely popular.

Craps came to North America either with the English or with the French , who had learned to play the game and changed it. The modern name craps is considered a corruption of the word crabs which the French used to refer to a throw of 2.

Craps went to the Deep South as the Accadian French settled there after being kicked out of Nova Scotia. A slang term for dice games is African Dominoes, meaning that African-Americans may have had a major hand in the modern development of the game.

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Craps Terminology

Betting that the next roll will total the sum of 2.

Any Craps
A bet that the next roll will be a 2, 3 or 12.

Any Seven
A bet that the next roll will be 7.

A player who is so skilled at throwing the dice that he may possess the ability to alter the accepted odds of the game.

Back Line
AKA Don't Pass Line.

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

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

Big Eight
A bet that an eight will be thrown before a seven is thrown.

Big Six
A bet that a six will be thrown before a seven is thrown.

Big Red
Placing a bet on Any Seven.


Two sixes rolled; Betting on the 12.

A casino worker who sits in between the two dealers at the Craps table, who is in charge of the casino's chips.

Broke Money
Transportation money given to a player who has lost all his money at the casino.

Placing a bet on the Hardway and the Any Seven.

Buy Bet
An agreement between the player and the casino whereby the player gives the house 5% commission in return for getting paid correct odds for a place bet.

C and E Bet
A one roll bet that the following throw will be any craps (2,3 or 12) or an 11.

Capped Dice
Crooked or rigged dice.

Cold Table
A table which does not provide wins at a certain period, or where few shooters are making The Point.

Come Bet
Similar to the Pass Line bet, generally made after the Come Out roll.

Come Out Roll
The first throw of the dice in a betting round which sets the points for the Pass and Don't Pass Line bets.

The numbers 2, 3 or 12.

Crap Out
Throwing 2, 3 or 12 on the first roll.

Don't Come
Betting against the dice that a seven will appear before the Point is rolled again, after the Come Out roll.

Don't Pass Bet
Betting against the dice before a Come Out roll.

Don't Pass Bar
A thin line of felt where Don't Pass bets are placed.

Double Odds
The ability to double the original Pass Line, Don't Pass Line Come and Don't Come bets.

Easy Way
Dice rolls of 4, 6, 8 and 10.

The casino's advantage over the player during a wager.

Field Bet
A bet that the next throw will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Free Odds Bet
A bet taken at true odds.

Front Line
AKA Pass Line

A bet that 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be thrown as doubles.

Betting that the next throw will be a 2 or 12.

Hope Bet
A one roll bet on a specific dice combination.

Hoping Hardway
A 2-2 hope bet.

Horn Bet
A bet that the next throw will 2, 3, 11 or 12; made in multiples of four, with one unit on each of these numbers.

Horn High Bet
The bet amount is split into five - two units on the 12 and one unit on the other numbers.

Hot Table
A table which is advantageous for the shooters - where most of them are making the Point.

Insurance Bet
When two or more wagers are made with the intention to cover one another.

Lay Bet
A bet that a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 will not be thrown before a seven is rolled.

Lay Odds
Additional odds bet against the nice.

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

Little Joe
A pair of twos.

Marker Puck
A small plastic disk used by dealers to mark the point on the craps table - Off or On.

A one roll bet on the number 12.

A bet that a throw of 7 or 11 will appear on the Come Out roll.

Players can call bets as off' - they are left on the felt but are not affected by the current bet.

Outside Numbers
Numbers 4, 5, 9 and 10.

To raise a bet, usually a double.

Pass Line Bet
A bet that the dice will win or pass.

The payback a player receives from his successful wager.

Place Bet
A bet that a place number will be rolled before a seven comes out.

Place Numbers
4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

The number established on the Come Out roll. Only place numbers can be the Point. The shooter tries to throw the Point before rolling a seven to win that round of betting.

Point Number
4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 - determined on the Come Out roll.

Press a Bet
To double a bet.

Proposition Bets
All one roll bets and the Hardway bet.

The ridged area at the top of the craps table where players keep their chips.

Right Bettor
A player who bets if the dice will pass or win or that the shooter will make the Point.

Seven Out
When a seven is rolled after a point has been decided and before the point number has been repeated, the next player in line becomes the shooter.

Snake Eyes
Rolling a two in craps.

A casino worker who announces the dice rolls and hands the dice back to the shooter. He is also in charge of placing and paying proposition bets.

A tip given to the dealer.

Three Way Craps
A bet made in units of 3 - one on 2, one on 3 and one on 12.

The commission taken by the house (casino).

Certain bets that are at risk on the next dice throw.

Whirl Bet
Betting on 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 with the same amount.

Wrong Bettor
A player who bets that the dice will not pass.

The number 11.

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