Craps is a game that is often perceived to be much harder than it actually is. I believe I wrote a quick guide to the game a few months ago and I want to make sure that players are still hanging on to ir so that they are able to enjoy the greatness of this game. On this post, I want to keep you all updated on the craps  lingo as I find it a useful way to keep the terms fresh and understand the game a bit better.

  • Aces – Betting that the next roll will be the total sum of 2.
  • Any Craps – Betting that the next roll will be 2, 3, or 12.
  • Arm – A very skilled craps player.
  • Big Eight – Betting that an 8 will be rolled before a 7 comes up.
  • Big Six – Betting that a 6 will be rolled before a 7 comes up.
  • Capped Dice – non standard, crooked dice.
  • Come Out Roll – The first roll of the dice in a betting round and determines the point for Pass and Don’t Pass Line bets.
  • Field Bet – A bet on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • Free Odds Bet – Taken at true odds.

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  • Front Line – Another term for the Pass Line.
  • Hi-Lo – A bet that the next roll of the dice will be a 2 or 12.
  • Horn Bet – A bet on 2, 3, 11 and 12 with the same amount.
  • Insurance Bet – Two or more wagers made to partially cover one another.
  • Line Bet – Bet on the Pass Line or Don’t Pass Line.
  • Natural – Another term for a throw of 7 or 11 on the come out roll. (Natural seven or natural eleven.)
  • Outside Numbers – The numbers 4,5,9, and 10.
  • Parley – Increasing a bet, usually double (let it ride).
  • Place Bet – bet stating a place number will be thrown before a 7 comes out.
  • Place Numbers – 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
  • Playing the field – A bet placed on the box with the word ‘field’ with a set of numbers. Placing a field bet means you are betting that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  • Point Number – One of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 determined on the come out roll.
  • Shooter – The player who is currently rolling the dice.
  • Snake Eyes – When you roll a two in craps, it is called ‘Snake Eyes’ – eyes because they look like eyes, snake because they are bad news (for the shooter).
  • Three-way Craps – A bet made in units of 3 with one unit on 2, one unit on 3, and one unit on 12.

I hope these terms are helpful and if you have heard of any others feel free to ask.