is an introduction into the craps system
glossary of terms:
- Any Craps:
1 roll bet that in the next dice roll a 2 or a
3 or a 12 will come.
- Back Line:
also known as the Don't Pass Line.
Any Seven: 1 roll bet that a 7 will come
in the next dice roll.
the 12: in order for the casinos to maintain
its edge on the don't come & don't pass type
bets, for the wrong bettors it causes the 12 to
be a standoff.
- Betting right:
is making a bet that the next dice roll will result
in a win on come bets & pass line bets.
- Betting wrong: is making
a bet that the next dice roll will not result
in a win or a pass, by making don't come &
don't pass bets.
- Big 6 &
Big 8: making bets which pays out 1:1
that a 6 or an 8 will come before 7.
- Boxman: The person responsible
for the smooth running of all the casino craps
tables and who is usually seated between the 2
- Buy bets:
Paying a 5% override to the casinos to ensure
payment. Usually four and / or ten.
Change Color: when changing chips to
a greater or smaller amount.
Chips: in lieu of money being used to
play, tokens are used and they are called chips.
- Come Bet: a bet that the
roll of the dice will result in a pass but made
only after the comeout roll.
Come Box: area for placing come bets
on the craps table.
Roll: the initial roll to determine the
point value for the bettors on the don't pass
and pass line.
the term used for the # 2, 3 & 12.
- Crap Out: - used to describe
the rolling of a 2 or a 3 or a 12 on the initial
The 2 dealers, the boxman and the stickman comprising
the staff at the craps table.
Dealer: the person dealing with the bets
cubes with sides numbered from 1 through 6 which
when thrown allows players and casino to ascertain
who are the winners and losers.
Disk or Puck: A 2 sided circular object,
black on one side and white the other. When a
come-out roll of the dice has taken place this
object is placed in a place number box showing
its white side. This means a point has occured.
- Don't Come Bet: the placing
of a bet after the initial come-out roll of
the dice and placed against.
- Don't Pass Bet: the placing
of a bet before the initial come-out roll such
that before a point can be repeated a 7 will
- Don't Pass Line: Don't Pass
wagers are placed in this designated area of
the craps table layout.
- Double Odds Bet: when you double
your initial bet on the line bets. These are
the come, don't come, pass & don't pass
- Easy Way: no pair rolls of
the dice for totals of four, six, eight or ten.
- Edge: the casinos advantage
over its players bets.
- Even Money: payouts of 1:1
- Field Bet: making of a 1
roll bet such that the next # will be a 2, a
3, a 4, a 9, a 10, an 11 or a 12.
- Floorman: the person approving
credit facilities for the players, checking
up on them and who usually stands immediately
behind the table.
- Free Odds Bet: a bet made
after establishing the point and made besides
the line bets of come, don't come, don't pass
and pass. It is also any odds bets made where
there is no further advantge going to the house.
- Front Line: also known as
the Pass Line.
- Hardway Bet: A bet that a
four, six, eight or ten will roll as a pair
before a 7 is rolled or the same numbers being
rolled easy or as pairs.
- Horn Bet: A 1-roll bet which
combines the two, three, eleven & the twelve.
- House Edge: the casinos advantage
over players at the craps table.
- Lay the Odds: odds betting
against numbers which pays out less than 1:1
- Lay Wager: when you pay a
5% commission in order to bet against a thrown
- Layout: the carpet on the
craps table where the various bets positions
are marked off.
- Off: means that specific
bets on the next dice roll will not be put at
risk or will not be working.
- On Base: all dealers except
the stickman are called by this.
- One-Roll Bets: bets where
the winners and losers are determined on the
very next dice roll.
- Parlay: the increasing of
a bet such as by doubling similar to Press.
- Pass: when the right bettors
- Pass Line Bet: bets made
before the come-out roll of the dice that the
dice will win or pass.
- Payoff: a player winning
and collecting his or her money from the casino
who pays it.
- Place Numbers and Bets: The
numbers four, five, six, eight, nine & 10
are the place numbers. A place bet is a bet
that either one or more of these numbers will
be rolled before a 7.
- Point: The # 4, or 5, or
6, or 8, or 9 or 10 determined from the initial
- Press: the increasing of
a bet such as by doubling similar to Parlay.
- Proposition Bet: a bet placed
in the middle of the table layout.
- Quarters: $25 chips.
- Right Better: person betting
the dice roll will win or pass.
- Seven Out: throwing a seven
after establishing the point thus effectively
causing the roll to end and losing.
- Shooter: the dice roller
- Stickman: person calling
the game and handling the stick.
- Working: when the bets are
at risk for the next dice roll.
- Wrong Bettor: person betting against
the roll of the dice.