Craps Glossary – Craps Terms Explained

CRAPS Updated on: 4 September 2018

Craps is a game that takes you to a completely different world. Therefore, as you roll in craps circles, you will often need knowledge of special words and phrases to understand what you are hearing from the players around you. And even after playing this game for years, you may find that some terminologies have become all but forgotten after years of disuse.

So, being a pro at this game does not protect you from the potential embarrassment of being caught unawares by a phrase you have heard before but cannot for the life of you remember what it meant. To avoid drawing a blank and possibly ruining the momentum of the game during a spell-binding round of craps, I have prepared a glossary of craps terms to keep you on top of your game, so to speak.

The list of terms listed below will help you refresh your mind. And if you are a beginner at this game, you can go to your next craps game having enough confidence to take part in cool craps banter without trouble.

1. Online Craps Terms

Any Craps: This is a craps bet in which you win by rolling a 2, 3, or a 12. The payout is usually 7 to 1, while the house edge is usually 11%.

Any Seven: With this bet, you stake your money on the possibility that the shooter will get a 7. The payout for this bet is 4 to 1, which puts the house edge at 16.7%, which is the highest among all craps bets.

Betting Right: Betting on the Pass Line and Come Bets

Betting Wrong: Betting on the Don’t Pass Line or Don’t Come bets

Big Red: A craps bet in which you predict that the next outcome will be a 7. Synonymous to the Big Red bet.

Bones: A slang reference to dice

Boxcars: A roll/bet on 12 (two sixes)

Buy Bet: This bet is made on the numbers 4, 10, 5, 9, 6, and 8. If you get any of these numbers before a 7 appears, the bet is won. The house edge on this bet is 5%.

Cheque Change: Breaking chips into smaller denominations

Color Up: Changing the denomination of your chips upwards

Come Bet: The most notable aspect of this bet is that it is made after the come out roll. Otherwise, it is similar to the Pass Line bet in other ways.

Come Out Roll: This is the first dice roll in a fresh game of craps. This roll establishes a “point.” You can win with a come out roll after placing a Pass Line bet if the numbers on the dice add up to 7 or 11. If, however, the results is either a 2, a 3, or a 12, then the bet is lost. With the Don’t Pass Line bet, the opposite is true – a 7 and an 11 lose while a 2, 3, or 12 win.

Craps: The numbers 2, 3, or 12

Don’t Come Bet: This bet is made after the come out roll. It is analogous to the come bet. So, the ways that a Come Bet makes you lose will help you win with this bet, while the outcomes that make you win with the Come Bet will make you lose with this bet.

Don’t Pass Line Bet: This bet is the opposite of the Pass Line bet. While a 7 or an 11 will help you win with the Pass Line bet, they will result in a loss with this bet. However, the 2, 3, or 12 that causes a loss with the Pass Line bet will lead to a win with this bet.

Easy Way: This bet is made on 4, 6, 8, or 10. If any of these numbers is achieved before a 7, you will win your bet.

Field Bet: This is a bet that wins when the next roll results in a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. If the outcome happens to be a 3, 4, 9, 10, or 11, the bet pays you at a ratio of 1 to 1 (an even money bet). Winning with a 2 or 12 would entitle you to a more lucrative 2 to 1 win ratio.

Hard Way: Rolling a 4, 6, 8, or a 10 with a set of two numbers

Horn Bet: This bet is placed on the numbers 2, 3, 11, or even 12.

House Edge: This is actually a very general casino term, but it’s very relevant to craps all the same. House edge is the advantage that the casino has over the players staking their bets.

Natural: When a dice roll’s outcome turns out to be a 7 or a 11.

Pass Line Bet: With this bet, you will can win with the come out roll. This bet wins with a 7 or an 11, and loses with a 2, 3, or 12. Other numbers give you a chance to win with the subsequent roll. This bet has one of the lowest house edges with a casino edge of just 1.4%.

Payout: The amount of money you get after you have won your bet.

Place Bets: This is a bet on a place number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10). You can win if you get any of these numbers before a 7 is achieved.

Point: The point is the number achieved during the come out roll. A point number has to be either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or a 10.

Press: To double a bet

Same Bet: To keep the previous bet as it was. Doubling a bet, as indicated above, is called “pressing it”

Snake Eyes: Rolling a 2

Shooter: This is the term used to describe the person shooting the dice in a game of craps.

Working: A term indicating that a bet will still be at stake during the next dice roll

Yo (Yo-leven): The number 11

These terms are very common in betting circles, and as you can see, they represent lots of underlying information that would be tedious to spell out in detail during the game. So, you should go through them a couple of times to ensure you not only know the terms, but what they mean so that you can use them to your advantage when it counts – during the heat of the game.

You may find yourself forgetting what some of these words mean after some time, which is why I recommend you bookmark this page as a quick reference so you can always come back and look at it when necessary.