What is a 'Boxman'?
The term “boxman” is most commonly used to describe the person who acts as the supervisor at a craps
table. The craps boxman will usually be seated at a craps table, with the craps stickman
– who is also a member of casino staff. The boxman is responsible for the placing of bets, general craps etiquette
and the paying out of bets. The boxman is accountable for the craps chips which, depending on which gambling establishment in question, can be worth a large amount of money. The boxman is seen as the most important member of casino staff in the game of craps.
When a player wishes to enter a game of craps by placing a “buy-in
”, they must do so during the “come-out” roll
or when the dice are in clear sight of the boxman. It is also the boxman who will “colour-up
” at the end of a craps session, when a player wishes to exit the game.Generally, players are expected to colour-up, order and count their chips, with the boxman confirming the amount. A boxman can only colour-up one player at a time.Along with the boxman and the stickman, a game of craps also has two “base dealers”. The base dealers stand on either side of the boxman and collect and pay bets to players around each side of the craps table.It is also the job of the boxman to act as a referee should there be any disputes
at the craps table. While it is expected that most players will be polite and courteous to other players, arguments have been known to take place over a craps table, at which point the boxman will decide what action should be taken and whether or not players will be allowed to continue the game.