Glossary of craps terms

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Craps dice

The following is a glossary of terms used in the dice game craps. Besides the terms listed here, there are many common and uncommon craps slang terms.[1][2][3]

A[edit]

ace deuce
A roll of 3

B[edit]

Big Red
The number 7 or a bet for any 7 to appear
bones
A slang term for the dice
box numbers
The place numbers (4,5,6,8,9,10)
boxcars
A roll of or bet on 12

C[edit]

center field
Nine, often called Center Field Nine
change only
when a player buys into a game specifically with cash, the "only" means no bets are being placed at the time of the buy in. Can also be used when a player colours in. (Dealers will say this out loud so that a player can't take a shot and say he wanted a bet on X.)
Cheque change
Breaking down a chip into smaller denomination chips.
colour up
The process of changing denominations of chips to larger denominations
cold dice
also known as a cold table; an expression used when players are not hitting the established point and sevening out
come out
1. The initial roll of the shooter
2. To roll the dice when no point has been established[4]
crap out
To roll a 2, 3, or 12 on the come out roll. A player betting on the Pass line or Come loses on come out, but the roll does not loses when a point is established. Don't Pass and Don't Come wins if a 2 or 3 craps is rolled on come out, but ties (pushes) if a 12 is rolled on come out. The shooter may continue rolling after craping out.
craps
the numbers 2, 3, and/or 12

D[edit]

double pitch
In dice control, when the dice stay on axis which rarely occurs (less than 5% of the rolls), but one turns two faces more than the other. If players set the dice with the same face, such as a hard ways or 3V set, the roll may likely result in a seven.
down
To remove or reduce a bet, players often say "take it down"

E[edit]

easy way
Any specific combinations of dice which has 2 ways to roll, the roll has a 18:1 probability of appearing. The term generally applies to the 4, 6, 8 and 10 which has both easy and hard way combinations.
even money
Payouts of 1:1

F[edit]

fever five
A roll of 5, also called five fever
free odds
Simply known as odds, is the odds which can be taken or laid behind the Pass/Come or Don't Pass/Don't Come. These are paid at true odds.

G[edit]

garden
Slang for the field bet
George
A good tipper

H[edit]

hard way
Rolling a 4, 6, 8, 10 with a pair of the same number
hi-lo
a single roll bet for 2 and 12
hi-lo-yo
a single roll bet for 2, 11, and 12
high
A bet on or roll of 12, also see boxcars
hop
A single roll bet for a specific combination of dice to come out. Pays 15:1 for easy ways and 30:1 for hard ways
horn
A divided bet on the 2, 3, 11, 12
horn high
A horn bet with addition units going to a specific number. For example "horn high ace deuce" would generally mean a 5 unit bet with 2 units going on the 3.
hot dice
also known as a hot table; an expression used when players are hitting the established points or rolling for long durations without seven outs

I[edit]

inside numbers
betting on the 5, 6, 8, 9

L[edit]

lay
To bet on a seven to come before a specific point number. Lays are paid at true odds with commission taken.
lay odds
To give odds behind a Don't Pass or Don't Come. Betting against the shooter
low
a single roll bet for a 2

M[edit]

mechanic
A shooter who allegedly implements dice control

N[edit]

natural
Rolling a 7 or 11 on the come out roll
Nina
Rolling or betting on a 9

O[edit]

Off
1. The come out roll; when no point has been established
2. To have a bet on the table but not in play. The bet can not be won from or lost when it is Off.
On
1. When a point has been established
2. A bet that is in play (working).
outside numbers
betting on the 4, 5, 9, 10

P[edit]

parley
To parley a bet is to take all the winnings (up to maximum allowed for bet) from the previous bet and add it to the same bet.
press
To double a bet, players generally say "press it" when doubling a bet, players can also press an additional one or more units and increase the bet less than half
push
a tie

S[edit]

same bet
To keep the previous winning bet as is. If a player says same bet it does not mean to double the bet, that is referred to as "pressing it"
seven out
A roll of 7 when the point is On. All bets on Pass, Pass Odds, Come, Come Odds, Place bets, Buy bets, hard ways and any single roll bets not for a seven loses.
snake eyes
A roll of 2
stroker
A player who makes bets overly complicated and/or gives dealers unnecessary additional work

T[edit]

take odds
To bet odds behind a Pass or Come. Betting with the shooter[5]
take down
See down
true odds
The real odds for payout where house edge is 0%

W[edit]

working
A bet which is in play. A bet which can be won from or lost.
whirl
A five-unit bet that is a combination of a horn and any-seven bet, with the idea that if a seven is rolled the bet is a push, because the money won on the seven is lost on the horn portions of the bet. The combine odds are 26:5 on the 2, 12, 11:5 on the 3, 11, and a push on the 7.
world
See whirl

Y[edit]

yo
A roll or bet on 11 (6-5, 5-6), short for Yo-leven

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craps Lingo". readybetgo.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. ^ "Craps Etiquette and Lingo Casino Gambling Game Rules and Strategy Guide". VegasTripping.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  3. ^ Jack Botermans (2008). The Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics & History. Sterling. pp. 545–. ISBN 978-1-4027-4221-7.
  4. ^ Craps A Smart Shooters Guide. Cardoza Publishing. pp. 24–. ISBN 978-1-58042-576-6.
  5. ^ R. D. Ellison (2001). Gamble to Win: Craps. Lyle Stuart, Kensington Publishing Corporation. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-0-8184-0621-8.