The top 10 craps terms you need to know

All games have their own set of jargon and craps is no exception.

A popular casino game like craps will naturally have its own language and for a first time player, it can be pretty difficult to keep up with some of the things that’s being relayed back and forth between long time players and dealers on the table.

While it’s certainly not necessary to know every term to play the game, it would help if you familiarize yourself with some of them especially if you plan on playing in a live casino game.

The top 10 craps terms you need to know

There are plenty of slang and jargon used at a craps table, even by the stickmen and the dealers and it’s important to understand their language so you will know what’s going on in the game.

Once you are able to speak their language and join in on the fun, it makes the experience a whole lot more enjoyable and relaxed.

With that being said, here are the top 10 craps terms you need to know right away.

1.) Dealer and shooter

Those casino employees in uniform on each side of the boxman who control the payouts for both sides of the table and assist players in wagering their bets are called dealers.

When you play in a live casino, you will hand your money to the dealer on your side of the table, and he or she will be the one to put the bet on the table for you. The shooter, meanwhile, is the player who will roll the dice.


When eleven is rolled in the game of craps, the outcome is coined as yo-leven. The term is called out this way by the croupier to prevent confusion with seven since the word eleven and seven sound similar.

When you play a simple table, the yo is not considered a big number, but there are tables that offer the yo bet as a single roll wager. Betting on a yo gives you a 15-1 payout.

3.) C and E

The C and E bet is a very popular wager in craps. With the C and E, your betting on a craps (2, 3, 12) or the YO (11) to hit.

This is a two part bet which means if any of the craps bet wins, you will lose your bet on the 11, and if the eleven wins, you will also lose all the bet you put on the craps.

4.) Snake Eyes

When the pair of dice are rolled and the result is a one on each die, the term for the outcomes is snake eyes.

Generally, snake eyes is unfavourable for players – and because the pair of pips appear just like a set of eyes, gamblers have coined it with snakes since they are widely considered as a symbol of treachery and bad luck.

However, it’s important to note that not every roll that results to snakes eyes is automatically and instant defeat, as everything depends on the specific rules of the game that is being played. The chances of a snake eyes outcome in a roll is 1:36.

5.) Boxcars

Also known as Midnight, Cornrows or Twelve Craps, the term Boxcars refers to a bet where you wager on the shooter to roll a 12. This involves having each dice with a six.

With the way the six dots are arranged on both dice (it resembles a rectangular box like a box car or rows of corn), the name Boxcars and Cornrows was coined. Midnight was coined because 12 o’clock is the same as midnight.

Boxcars is a popular bet on the game of craps but also the least likely to win. Because there is only one possible combination that would result to a 12, the chances of a boxcar outcomes is pretty slim at 1:36.

6.) Little Joe

Little Joe is quite confusing as many use both terms for any combination of four. Actually, the craps term refers to a hard 4 in which the outcome of both pair of dice is two.

While Little Joe is commonly mistaken as any 4, being 3-1 or 1-3, it is exclusively the Hard 4.

7.) Pass Line Bet

The pass line bet is the most popular bet in the game of craps.

If you wager on this bet, you will win if the outcome of the roll is a 7 or an 11, and loose if the results is a 2, 3 or 12, while all other numbers establish the point.

8.) Don’t Pass Bet

If you wager on a don’t pass bet, you win if the outcome of the roll is a 12, 3 or 2 and lose if it’s 7 or 11, and it’s a push if a 12 is rolled.

All other numbers rolled will become the point number. This kind of bet has a house edge of 1.36%, which becomes even lower if you decide to lay odds on the don’t pass bet.

9.) Come Out Roll

The term used to refer to the very first roll of the dice in craps. During the come out roll, every pass and don’t pass bet must be wagered before the dice is rolled.

If the outcome of the shooter’s roll is a 7 or 11, the shooter wins if he wagers on a pass bet and loses if he wagers on a don’t pass bet.

If the outcome of the shooter’s roll is a 2,3, or 12, the shooter loses and those who wagered on the don’t pass bets win with the 2 and 3. A 12 results in a push. The game continues with the roll of a 4,5,6,8,9 or 10 and the point number is established.

10.) Natural Winner

In the world of craps, a natural winner is a term used to denote when a the outcome of the roll is a 7 or 11.

The result is a win for all players who wagered money on the Pass or Come bet, but a loss for players who bet on Don’t Pass or Don’t Come.

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