Below are some of the most useful craps terms and definitions to help you master the game. Read our Craps Glossary of Terms.
2 Way – when half the bet goes for the player and the other half goes as tips for the staff.
22 Inside – when $5 is bet on numbers 5 and 9 and $6 is bet on numbers 6 and 8. A
A Hand – whether the puck is on or off there are bets and rolls being made right up until a 7 is thrown or a point has been made.
A Hot Table – this would be a table where the shooters are making Points while avoiding the number seven.
Aces – when two dice are rolled and both land on the number 1. In movies this is called ‘snake eyes’, however in the game punters refer to it as Aces.
At Risk – when a bet is active. B
Betting Right – when you bet with the roller.
Betting Wrong – when you bet against the roller.
Bones – an alternate name for the dice.
Boxcars – when two dices are rolled and both land on the number 6. C
C and E – Craps and Eleven in short.
Change Only – A phrase you will often hear when you are buying chips. You have to make it clear that the money placed down is not a direct bet, but a request for chips.
Come Bets – when a bet is based on the next number to come out. This bet would either pay directly, or it will get moved to one of the point numbers, very similar to a come out roll.
Craps – 2,3,12. D
Dark Side – this is an alternate way of describing Betting wrong.
Dime – Usually refers to $10. F Free Odds – an alternate way of saying True Odds. H
Hedge Bet – when you place a bet against one or more of your other bets so that you will reduce your potential losses.
Hi Lo – when you bet on 2 and 12.
Hi Lo Yo – just like the Hi Lo but with 11 added. L
Layout – the printing on the table where you place your bets (the printed boxes).
Little Joe – when two dices are rolled and both land on the number 2. N
Nickel – Usually refers to $5.
Nina Ross – when the total of two dice is 9. O
Odds Bet – a bet that will give you true odds and increase your existing bet.
ON/OFF Puck – A button that is circular and placed on a number to show the point number. In some instances this is flipped over to show if certain bets are turned off or on. P
Parlay – when you increase the bet by letting it ride after a win.
Pass – passing the roll over to the next shooter in line when you decide not to roll the dice.
Past Posting – when you make a bet when the roll has been set, hoping that the dealer / Boxman doesn’t see it.
Penny – A $1 chip.
Press – an alternate way of saying increase the bet.
Prop Bets – when you bet on the centre layout. R Rail – the place where you keep your chips. S Seven Out – when you roll a seven and end the hand for the roller. After this play, the dice gets passed on to a new shooter. T
The Apron – that area outside of the layout.
The Big Red – an alternate way of calling a seven. This is popular because calling seven is considered a jinx.
The Box numbers – an alternate name for the point numbers 4,5,6,8,9,10.
The Buy Bet – when you bet on a specific box number.
The Come Out Roll – this would be the first roll after a hand has been set.
The Easy Way – rolling a 4,6,8, or 10 short of rolling a pair.
The Field – 2,3,4,9,10,11,12.
The Garden – an alternate name for the field.
The Hard Way – rolling a 4,6,8, or 10 by rolling a pair.
The Inside Numbers – the inner numbers of the box numbers (5,6,8,9).
The Insurance bet – exactly the same as a Hedge Bet.
The Lay bet – when you bet against a box number.
The Line Bet – an alternate name for the Pass Line bet.
The Marker – a different name to describe the puck.
The Outside Numbers – the outer numbers of the box numbers (4,5,9,10).
The Pass Line bet – a bet that supports the shooter.
The Place Bet – when you bet on a specific box number.
The Point Number – the number that is set via a Come Out roll.
The Point Numbers – 4,5,6,8,9,10.
The Shooter – the person that throws the dice.
The Yo-leven – this is the way the number eleven is pronounced so that it is not confused with the number seven.
True Odds – here there is no house edge, it refers to the odds of a bet being as accurate to the likelihood of the event. V Vig – an alternate name for the commission or rake of the house. W
When you Regress – when you reduce the bet.
Working – When bets are active and the puck is switched ON.