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Learn the language of Craps




learn the language of craps


Craps is one of the most popular games in casinos. You’ve surely seen at least one movie where people are gathered around a craps table and having the time of their lives. It’s played on a table which is big enough for up to 20 players and the 3 casino employees who track everything and keep the game going.


Historians think that the game was first played by English Crusaders. They called the game Hazard, a misspelled version of the name of the castle they were sieging. Others think that the name Hazard is a corruption of the Arabic word for dice. Hazard quickly turned into the game of choice for soldiers everywhere.


Craps traveled to North America either with the English or with the French, who learned how to play the game and started changing its rules over time. The modern name it got of craps probably comes from the word crabs which the French used to refer to a throw of 2. Then the game went to the Deep South as the Accadian French started settling there after they were kicked out of Nova Scotia. Another slang term for dice games is African Dominoes, which means that the African-Americans may have had a major hand in the modern development of this game.


Now let us give you some insight into the craps terminology with this list of words which are used all around the world at craps tables.

  • Aces


    When you bet that the next roll will total 2.
  • Any Craps


    Betting that the next roll will be a 2,3 or 12.
  • Any Seven


    You bet that the next roll will be 7.
  • Arm


    This is what you call a player who is considered to be so good at throwing dice that he can alter the accepted odds of the game.
  • Back Line


    Also known as the Don’t Pass Line.
  • Big Red


    Placing a bet on any seven.
  • Bones


    This is what they call the dice.
  • Boxcars


    When two sixes are rolled; Betting on the number 12.
  • Capped Dice


    Dice which people think is crooked or rigged.
  • Easy Way


    When you roll a 4, 6, 8 or 10.
  • Field Bet


    Betting that the next throw will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Hi-Lo


    When you bet that the next throw will be a 2 or a 12.
  • Hope Bet


    A one roll bet with a specific dice combination.
  • Little Joe


    A pair of two’s.
  • Midnight


    A single roll bet on 12.
  • Natural


    Betting that a throw of 7 or 11 will appear on the Come Out roll.
  • Parlay


    Raising a bet, usually a double.
  • Payoff


    The money a player receives from a successful wager.
  • Snake Eyes


    Rolling a two.
  • Toke


    Tipping the dealer.
  • Vigorish


    The commission that the casino takes.
  • Whirl Bet


    Betting on 2,3, 7, 11 or 12 with the same amount of money.
  • Yo


    The number 11.

Those are just some of the many expressions which have been created by players around the Craps table. At least now you know some of them which will make you feel at home around this popular casino game.


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