Snake eyes

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Snake Eyes

In gambling in general and the game of Craps in particular, snake eyes is the outcome of rolling the dice in a game and getting only one pip on each die. The pair of pips resembles a pair of eyes, which is appended to the word snake because of the creature's long-standing association with treachery and betrayal. The dictionary of etymology traces use of the term as far back as 1929.[1] Ancient Roman dice games used the term dogs to describe a throw of double ones, referring to this as "the dog throw".

Because this is the lowest possible roll, and will often be a loser in many dice games, such as Craps, the term has been employed in a more general usage as a reference to bad luck. In some board games, such as Monopoly, house rules may decide that this roll earns the player a bonus due to it being rare and otherwise disadvantageous.[2]

The odds of rolling snake eyes on two six-sided dice are 1-in-36.

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  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  2. ^ "How to Play Monopoly On a Roll". rgsgames.com. Retrieved 2009-10-15.