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Craps Terms - Part One

Posted by nick_niesen on October 26th, 2010

So you want to play Craps huh? Well, you better know some terminology. In today's article, I'll show you some key Craps terms. There are countless Craps terms out there, but we'll go over just the main and fun ones.

Aces: This is a roll of two. When a two is rolled, both dice show one dot, hence the term.

2-Way Eleven: Dealers love this one. When you bet a 2-way eleven, you're making a bet on eleven for you and the dealers. It's a good move to tip the dealers when playing if you're doing well.

Any Seven: This is a one-roll wager. Make this bet and if the next roll is a seven, you win. A seven can be rolled: 1-6, 2-5, 3-4, 4-3, 5-1, and 6-1. The bet pays 4:1. The house edge is high on this one since it's a one-roll wager. Of course, you'd think it was a pot of gold when you're standing at an ice-cold table.

Big 6: This bet is located in the lower section of the layout. It's called the big 6, because the wager space is a huge 6. It's a gimmick wager though, because it only pays even money. If you were to place the 6, you'd get odds on your payout. This bet stays up until it loses or you take it down.

Big 8: It's the same as the Big 6, except it's an 8. You'll win every time an 8 is rolled and lose when a 7 is rolled. It pays even money. Unless you're very lazy, place the 8 instead.

Big Red: No, it's not a stick of gum. This is a codeword for making a wager on Any Seven.

Bones: Throw them bones. The bones are the dice.

Black: This is slang for a $100 cheque-also called a chip by the layman. "Give me a stack of black," would be saying that you want a stack of $100 cheques, which is $2,000-there are 20 cheques/chips in a stack.

Boxcars: Keep making this wager and you might be living in a boxcar. This is slang for the number 12-6-6 on the dice.

Boxman: This is the guy who is in the suit and sitting down in-between the two dealers on the inside of the Craps table. He's the boss of the table. It's his job to make sure payouts are okay and to watch the game. You'll also see him tracking players for rewards.

The Boys: Perhaps a bit sexist in these days since there are more and more female Craps dealers, but this is slang for the dealers at the table. "Here's $20 for the boys," means that you're giving $20 as a tip to the dealers. In the old days, you'd only find male Craps dealers.

And that concludes today's Craps terms lesson. I'll be back with plenty more.

Also See: Craps Terms, Big 6, Way Eleven, Roll Wager, Dealers, Craps, Wager

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