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Common Craps Terms

Definitions

Any Craps - A one roll bet that the next roll of the dice will be a 2, 3 or 12

Any Seven - A one roll bet that the next roll of the dice will be a seven

Back Line - Another term for Donít Pass Line

Bar the 12 - Makes the 12 a standoff for the wrong bettors, which allows the casino to keep its advantage on Donít Pass and Donít Come bets

Betting right - Betting that the dice will win on Pass Line and Come bets

Betting wrong - Betting that the dice will not win, or pass, by placing Donít Pass and donít Come bets

Big 6 & Big 8 - A bet that pays even money that a six or an eight will be rolled before a seven

Boxman - The casino executive who is in charge of the craps table. The boxman sits between the two dealers

Buy the 4 and 10 - Paying a five percent commission to the casino so that the 4 and 10 payoff at 2-1 on place bets

Change Color - Changing casino chips into smaller or larger denomination

Chips (Checks) - A casino term for tokens used instead for money

Come Bet - A wager placed after the come-out roll that the dice will pass

Come Box - The area on the craps layout where Come bets are placed

Come-Out Roll - The roll which establishes the point for the pass and Donít Pass Line bettors

Craps - A term for the numbers 2, 3 and 12

Crap Out - Rolling a 2, 3 or 12 on the come-out roll

Crew - The dealers who staff the craps table

Dealer - A casino employee who either works the identical ends of the layout or a stickman at a table

Dice - The cubes, which are marked from 1 to 6, whose combinations when, thrown, determine the wins and losses at a craps table

Disk (Puck) - A round object white on one side and black on the other. When on the white side and in a place number box signifies that a come-out roll has occurred and that a point has been established

Don't Come Bet - A wager against the dice placed after the come-out roll

Don't Pass Bet - A wager placed prior to the come-out roll that a seven will be rolled before a point is repeated

Don't Pass Line - The area on the layout where Donít Pass bets are placed

Double Odds Bet - A free odds bet made at double the original Pass Line, Donít Pass Line, Come or Donít Come wager

Easy Way - The roll of a 4, 6, 8 or 10 where the dice are not pairs

Edge - The advantage that the casino has on any given wager

Even-Money - A payoff of 1-1

Field Bet - A one-roll wager that the next number thrown will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12

Floorman - A casino executive who supervises one or more tables

Free-Odds-Bet - A bet made in addition to the Pass Line, Donít Pass Line, come and Donít Come wagers which is paid at true odds

Front Line - A casino term for Pass Line

Hardway Bet - A wager that the 4, 6, 8 or 10 will be rolled as a pair before being rolled easy or a seven is thrown

Horn Bet - A one-roll wager that combines the 2, 3, 11 and 12

Lay the Odds - Odds bet against the number that pays off at less than even money

Lay Wager - Betting against a point number that has been thrown by paying a 5 percent commission

Layout - The imprinted surface of a craps table, which shows all the areas where bets can be placed

Nickels - A term used by experienced players meaning chips with a five dollar denomination

Off - A term meaning that certain bets will not be at risk on the next roll of the dice

On Base - The term for the dealers other than the stickman

One-Roll Bets - Wagers whose outcome is determined by the very next roll of the dice

Pass - A winning situation for the right bettors

Pass-Line Bet - A wager that the dice will pass, or win, made prior to the come-out roll

Payoff - The paying out of a winning bet to a player

Pit Boss - A casino employee who is in charge of all the tables in a particular area

Place Numbers and Bets - The place numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. The place bet is a wager that either one or more of the place numbers will come up before a seven

Point Number (Point) - The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 established on the come-out roll

Press a Bet (Press) - Increasing a bet by double

Proposition Bet - Bets that are made in the center of the layout

Quarters - A term used by experienced players meaning chips with a twenty-five dollar denomination

Rails - The grooved area of the craps table where players keep their chips that are not in play

Right Bettor - A player betting that the dice will pass, or win

Seven-Out - The rolling of a seven after the point has been established

Shooter - The person who is rolling the dice

Stickman - The dealer who calls the game and handles the stick

Tip (Toke) - A gratuity given to a dealer by a player

Working - A casino term meaning that the bets are at risk on the next roll of the dice

Wrong Bettor - A player who bets against the dice