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Craps Terms - Glossary

Played with a pair of dice, the name of the Craps game is for players to make wagers on what they think the outcome of the dice roll will be. Craps originally developed in the United States and is a simple form of the western European game of hazard. Brought from London to New Orleans in around 1807 by Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville who was a member of a wealthy colonial Louisiana family of landowners, Craps is now one of the best-known dice games in existence. Here, we've compiled all the best known Craps Terms so you can learn to speak like an expert.


Advantage: The percentage the casino has on a bet - same as the edge.

Any craps: A one-roll wager that the next roll is 2, 3 or 12 - pays 7 to 1.

Any seven: A one-roll wager that the next roll is 7 - pays 4 to 1


Back Line: Same as don't pass line

Behind the Line: This is when you place odds on pass/come/don’t pass/don’t come bets. It’s called betting 'behind the line' as there is no place marked for the odds bet on the table itself and instead, the player places the chips directly behind his original bet on the table.

Big 8: A bet that 8 will be rolled before 7 - pays 1 to 1.

Big 6: A bet that 6 will be rolled before 7 - pays 1 to 1.

Boxcars: A roll of two sixes

Boxman: The casino employee who is in charge of the bets.

Buy Bet: This is exactly the same as a place bet, the player wagers on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 but gives the house a 5% commission on the bet in order to be given true odds. The vast majority of casinos will ask for commission regardless of the outcome of the bet, however, there are a few which will allow players to keep the commission until a bet is actually won.


Center bets: The bets in the middle of the layout - one-roll wagers.

Come bet: Can only be made after the come-out roll and works like a pass-line bet.

Come out roll: The come-out roll starts a round of betting. Pass-line and don't pass-line bets have to be placed before this roll.

Craps: When the shooter throws 2, 3 or 12 on the come-out roll.


Dead: A craps table with no players sitting at it.

Don't come bet: Can only be made after the come-out roll and works like a don't pass-line bet - pays 1:1

Don't pass bet: A wager that the come-out roll is 12, 3 or 2 and looses if it's 7 or 11. All other numbers establish a point.


Field bet: A wager that the next roll is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 - pays 1 to1.


Hardway: Means that the dice show the same number; 22, 33, 44 etc.

Hardway bet: A wager that the shooter rolls a certain number as a double (see hardway) before he rolls 7 or the number "the easy way" - pays 7 to 1 or 9 to 1 depending on the bet.

Horn bet: A bet on that the next roll is 2, 3, 11 or 12 - pays 15 to 1 or 30 to 1.


Inside numbers: A place bet on 5, 6, 8 and 9.


Lay bet: A bet that the shooter rolls a 7 before the number - pays 1 to 2, 2 to 3 or 5 to 6.

Lay odds: An additional bet when a point is established, offers true odds.


Natural: When the come-out roll is 7 or 11.

No Roll: A no roll will be called when the shooter doesn’t manage to roll the dice to the other side of the table. A no roll is also called if the dice slip from the shooters hand, or rolls off the table. A no roll is an invalid roll.


Outside numbers: The place-bet numbers 4, 5, 9 and 10.


Parlay: Increasing the amount you bet by adding what you have already won to your original bet.

Pass line bet: A bet that wins if the come-out roll is 7 or 11 and looses if it's 2, 3 or 12. All other numbers establish a point.

Place bet: A wager that the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled before 7 - pays 9 to 8, 7 to 5 or 7 to 6 depending on which number is chosen.  

Point: The number that is established when the come-out roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. anyone who bet on pass line must hit the point before a 7 is rolled.

Proposition bets: All hardway and one-roll bets


Seven out: When a 7 is rolled after a point has been established but before the point is rolled again. This ends the round.

Shooter: The player rolling the dice

Stickman: The casino employee handling the dice and calling the rolls.


Yo: Are used instead of 11, so it's not confused with seven.

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