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The game of craps can sometimes be intimidating to newcomers, partially because of it's extensive collection of bet names and lingo. For those of you still getting into the game, here's some help with the terminology:

Any Craps

 – A one-toss bet on all of the Craps numbers with one unit, or groups of units, bet on the 2, 3 or 12.
Payoff is 7 to 1.

Any Seven

– A one-toss bet on any of the possible combinations of seven. Payoff is 4 to 1.


– A player's total amount of betting cash. Many players divide their bankrolls into smaller amounts to extend their betting ability.

Barred Number

– Can be either the 2 or the 12. Creates a standoff or push when betting Don't Pass or Don't Come. In a standoff or push, neither you or the casino win any money, your bet is unaffected.

Bet Numbers Across

– A group of five bets on all the Place numbers other than the Point number.

Big Six or Big Eight

– A bet made on either 6 or 8 that it will be rolled before a 7 comes up. Pays even money.

Box Point

– Shooter's number: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.


– The casino employee who supervises the Craps game and deposits money into the drop-box.

Buy Bet

– A Place bet made at true odds rather than at Place odds. Carries a 5% fee.


– A term, which designates dice action of win-lose, win-lose, win-lose, etc.

Come Bet

– An even money bet. Exactly the same as a Pass Line bet, after the shooter's Point is established.

Come-out Roll

– The shooters initial throw of the dice after a Pass Line decision.


– Common name for the game of dice. Also the name given to a toss of 2, 3 or 12.

Craps / Eleven

– The name used to indicate bets in the specially marked area on either any Craps or Eleven.

Don't Come

– An even money bet. The same as Don't Pass bets, after the shooter's Point is established.

Don't Pass

– An even money bet that the shooter will not toss his Point number again before tossing a 7. The same as Don't Come, except that the shooter's Point is the Point number for the entire table.

Don't Pass Bet

– An even money bet that the dice will lose. That a 2 or 3 will be rolled on the first roll, or that a 7 will come up before the shooter repeats his Point. The same as a Don't Come bet except that the bet can be made only before a new shooter rolls.

Double Odds

– A bet permitted in some casinos in which the player takes an odds bet at twice his/her original wager on the line.

Easy Number

– Any even number that appears in any combination other than as an actual pair.

Field Bet

– A one-toss bet that 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 will be the next roll of the dice. (Some layouts use 5 instead of 9; some pay double or triple on either 2 or 12.)

Flat Bets

– The type of wagers in which the player bets the same amount on each roll win or lose.

Free Odds

 – A bet on true odds permitted with pass and come bets. Unlike Buy bets, these don't carry a 5% vigorish charge.

Front Line

– The same as the Pass Line.

Full Odds

– The correct odds.

Hard Number

– An even number that appears exactly as a pair. Two 2s are called a Hard Four.

Hardway Bets

– Bets made, in a specifically marked area, on an even number, that will appear exactly as a pair. Payoffs are for greater amounts than if the number appeared as any other combination.

High / Low

 – A one-toss bet on both the 2 and the 12, with two units bet. Payoff is 30 to 1.

High Rollers

– Payers who have large amounts of cash with witch to play.

Horn Bet

– A four-unit bet that covers all three of the Craps numbers (2, 3 or 12) and also the 11.

Hot Hand

– A succession of passes.


– The casino; the management.

Inside Bets

– A Place bet on 5, 6, 8 and 9.

Lay Bet

– A Place bet made that the shooter will toss a 7 before the number is bet on. The player must wager more than he expects to win, A lay bet is a don't Place bet at true odds.

Lay Odds

– An additional bet that allows the Don't Pass and Don't Come bettors to give, rather than take, true odds on their bets.


– The physical playing area in any game, usually printed on felt in the center of all tables.

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