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Guide to the game of CrapsWelcome to your free online guide to the game of craps (mainly its jargon) - useful whether you're stepping up to the craps table in real life or virtually (online).
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Glossary of popular craps terms
Any Craps - A one roll bet that the next dice roll will be a craps (2, 3 or 12).
Any Seven - A one roll bet that the next dice roll will be a 7.
Behind the Line - A bet on the free-odds after a point has been established on the come out roll.
Betting Right - Betting that the dice will pass ; with the dice.
Betting Wrong - Betting that the dice won't pass ; against the dice.
Big 6 - A bet at even-money that the 6 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.
Big 8 - A bet at even-money that the 8 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled.
Box Numbers - The box areas around the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10, which is used to mark the point, and to put place, come and buy bets.
Casino Advantage - The advantage (or edge) a casino has over a player on a particular bet on the craps layout. Also know as House Edge.
Center Bets - The bets located in the center of the layout; also called Proposition Bets.
Chips - The common term for tokens, issued by a casino in place of money, and having the equivalent of cash.
Cold Dice - Dice which consistently don't pass (losing or unlucky dice).
Color Change - The changing of chips to a higher or lower denomination.
Come Bet - A bet with the dice that they will pass, made after the come out roll.
Come Box - The area on the layout where a come bet is made.
Come Out Roll - The initial or first roll of the dice before a point has been established.
Coming Out - A term to designate that a new come out roll is about to happen.
Correct Odds - The mathematical likelihood, or probability, that a bet will be made a winner (usually the odds a point will be made prior to a 7 rolled).
Craps Out - To throw a craps on the come out roll, an automatic loser for Pass Line bettors.
Craps - Obviously the name of the game but also the term for a roll of a 2, 3 or 12.
Don't Come Box - The area on the layout where a Don't Come bet is made.
Don't Come Bet - A bet made after the come out roll, that the dice won't pass; betting against the dice.
Don't Pass Line - The area on the layout where a Don't Pass bet is made.
Don't Pass Bet - A bet made on the come out roll that the dice will not pass; betting against the dice.
Double Odds (2X) - A free-odds bet made at double (2X) the amount of the original bet.
Easy Way - The roll of a 4, 6, 8 or 10 where the dice are not matched as a pair (i.e. the hardway), such as 5-5, but other combinations.
Even-Money - A payoff at 1 to 1.
Field Bet - A bet that the next roll of the dice will come up 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Five-times Odds (5X) - A free-odds bet made at five-times (5X) the amount of the original bet.
Free-Odds Bet - Another term for any odds bet where the house has no advantage. Either taken (or laid) on a Pass, Don't Pass, Come or Don't Come bet after the point is established.
Front Line - Refers to the Pass Line.
Hardway - The term for the dice coming as a pair for the 4, 6, 8 or 10, such as 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 or 5-5; as opposed to the easy way.
Hardway - Bet A bet that the dice will come up as an even pair on either a 4, 6, 8 or 10 before they come up the easy way or a 7 is rolled.
High Roller - A player (bettor) who wages large sums of money at a craps table.
Hop Bet - A one roll bet on a number not in the center layout.
Horn Bet - A one roll bet on the 2, 3, 11 and 12.
Hot Roll - Dice that are continually passing, and that are held by a shooter for a long time before a seven-out.
House Edge - The advantage (or edge) a casino has over a player on a particular bet on the craps layout. Also know as Casino Advantage. Click here to see the Casino Advantage on specific bets.
Inside Numbers - The numbers 5, 6, 8 and 9. Usually designated as inside numbers when making a place bet on these numbers.
Lay Bet - A bet by a wrong bettor, that a 7 will be rolled before the number; a 5% commission is paid for making such a bet.
Lay the Odds - A free-odds bet by a wrong bettor against a number, based on the potential winnings rather than the bet.
Line Bet - Another term for a Pass Line and/or Don't Pass bet.
Marker - An IOU signed by a player with established credit at a casino.
Marker Buck (Puck) - Plastic round disk used to mark either the point or to indicate that no point is yet established; "OFF" on one side, "ON" on the other side.
Maximum Bet - The maximum bet a player can make in a game of craps.
Minimum Bet - The minimum bet a player can make in a game of craps.
Natural - Another term for a 7 or 11 rolled on the come out roll.
Odds - The ratio or probability of an event occurring in the game of craps. See Tables of Odds for odds on all bets.
Odds Bet - Another term for any odds bet where the house has no advantage.
Off - A designation that a bet is not working on a particular roll.
On - A designation that a bet is working on a particular roll.
One Roll Bet - A wager whose outcome is determined by the next throw of the dice.
Outside Numbers - The numbers 4, 5, 9 and 10. Usually designated as outside numbers when making a place bet on these numbers.
Parlay - To increase a bet, usually by double; same as " Press".
Pass - A winning decision on the dice; the 7 or 11 is rolled on a come out roll and/or the point is made.
Pass Line - The area on the layout where a Pass Line bet is made.
Pass Line Bet - A wager that the dice will pass; betting with the dice.
Payoff - The casino pays and the player collects a winning bet.
Place Bet - A wager on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 in the box numbers area of the layout.
Point - The number 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 when rolled on the come out roll.
Press - To increase a bet, usually by doubling; same as "Parlay".
Proposition Bets - The bets located in the center of the layout; also called Center Bets.
Right Bettors - Players who bet that the dice will pass; with the dice.
Roll - A single throw of the dice. Also, a complete series of throws until the shooter sevens-out.
Sequence Bet - A bet whose outcome is not necessarily determined on the following roll but may take a succession of rolls to be determined.
Seven-Out - To throw a 7 after a point has been established, ending the roll and losing with the dice.
Shoot - A term for a complete series of rolls before a seven-out.
Shooter - The player who rolls the dice, and whose throws determine all payoffs and losses at the craps table.
Single Odds (1X) - A free-odds bet made at equal the amount of the original bet.
Snake Eyes - A slang term for the number 2.
Standoff - A situation where no decision results from a throw of the dice on certain bets.
Take the Odds - To make free-odds bet as a right bettor, thus getting better than even-money on a winning bet.
Ten-times Odds (10X) - A free-odds bet made at ten-times (10X) the amount of the original bet.
Toke - A gratuity or tip given to a dealers by a player. Usually made on a Line bet or Proposition bet.
Triple Odds (3X) - A free-odds bet made at triple (3X) the amount of the original bet.
True Odds - The odds a particular number will be rolled on any single roll of the dice.
Working - A signification that bets are on, and payoffs will be made on the next roll of the dice.
Wrong Bettors - Players who bets Don't Pass, betting against the dice.
Yo-leven - A slang term for the 11.
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