What is Double Saw on Boxcars?
In craps, double saw on boxcars is a slang phrase which means double six. It refers to a dice roll that totals twelve. This roll is also known simply as boxcars. The name comes from the shape of the six dots on the face of the two dice, which resemble a freight train carriage or boxcar. The roll is often also called midnight, a reference to the total of 12, or all the spots in reference to the faces of the dice.
Double Saw on Boxcars Explained
The phrase double saw on boxcars is associated with the game of craps, although it might be heard in any game where two dice are rolled to play. It is usually heard in the shortened form as boxcars. The phrase is used to describe the dice themselves, but it might also be called by a player who wishes to bet on that particular outcome.
Boxcars or double sixes are the only way to make a total of twelve. Along with snake eyes (double ones) and three (either 1-2 or 2-1), the boxcar bet is the hardest single number bet to win. These rolls are all sometimes called craps by players for this reason. Like the other double rolls, there is a 1 in 36 chance of landing the double saw on boxcars with every roll of the dice. The bet is essentially a hardway bet, except with boxcars there is no easy way alternative.
A boxcars roll is often called all the spots or all the pips because it shows the maximum possible number of dice spots. It is also commonly called midnight because the faces add up to 12. A player calling for midnight, boxcars or even double saw on boxcars is asking the dealer to place their bet on the 12. The odds for this bet are listed at 35-1 and the payout is usually 30 to 1 in most casinos.