The Craps Glossary

Before you start the real game study the most regular terms which may be met in the craps and bewilder you when you play craps for the first time. The clear understanding of them may polish your craps skills and talents.


Any Craps Bet - bet that a 2, 3 or 12 comes up with the next dice shot. The payout is 7/1.

Any Seven Bet - bet that number 7 comes up with the next dice throw. The payout on this bet is 4/1.

Big 6/Big 8 - betting that number 6 or 8 occurs before 7 on the next dice throw. The payoff of bet is 1/1.

Big Red -bet that any 7 comes up with the next shot.

Buy Bets - the types of bets which give the chance to bet that a 4, 10, 5, 9, 6, or 8 appears in the next dice roll earlier than a 7 (after the Come Out roll). Every gambler must pay 5% commission on buy bets whether the bet is winning or is only placed.

Come Box - the box on the craps table for Come bets.

Come Bet - betting that the dice will pass on the next shot after the Come out roll.

Come Out Roll - the very first dice roll in the dice game. Come out roll indicates the "point" for Pass and Don't pass bets.

Crap or Craps - the numbers 2, 3, and 12 which determined the name of the craps game.

Dealer - the person which operates on the craps table. Commonly two dealers operate the craps table.

Don't Come Bet - betting that the dice don't pass in the next throw after the Come out roll.

Don't Pass Line - the betting zone of the craps table for Don't Pass wagers.

Don't Pass Bet - bet that a 2 or 3 occurs on the Come out roll. This bet happens to win if a 7 appears earlier than the point number.

Field Bet - betting that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will come up on the next dice shot. The payoff on 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 is 1/1, for numbers 2 and 12 the payout is 2 to 1.

Hard Way Bet - bet that "hard" (the same numbers thrown on both dice) 4, 6, 8, or 10 comes out with the next dice roll before a "soft" 4, 6, 8 or 10 or a 7 comes out.

Horn Bet - bet that a 2, 3, 11, or 12 comes up with the next dice shot.

Lay Bet - the bets which allow to bet that number 7 will come up before numbers 4, 10, 5, 9, 6, or 8. The craps player is charged 5% commission on these bets.

Pass or Pass-Line Bet - betting that number 7 or 11 will come up in the next dice throw or a point will come up before 7. This bet is placed before the Come Out roll. If a 2, 3, or 12 appears or number 7 falls out on the dice before the point number the bet is loser.

Place Bets - bets which allow to make bet on place 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The bets are winners if the place number is rolled earlier than 7.

Point - number 4 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 that is rolled on the dice on the Come Out roll.

Right Bettor - the gambler who makes bet on the Pass Line.

Shooter - the gambler who rolls the dice.

Stickman - casino employee who carries out the dice shot and is responsible for making proposition bets.

Vig or Vigorish - the commission charged for some particular bets.

Wrong Bettor - the craps player which makes bet on the Don't Pass Line.

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