Learn the Lingo: Craps Terms
Learn the lingo and sound like an experienced Craps player.
Craps is an exciting dice game that essentially has its own special language. If you are a new player, it’s important to learn Craps terms so that you have a better understanding of the game. The lingo used in Craps describes various aspects of the game so you must understand these terms to play the game. Here are some common terms that Craps players should learn.
Boxcars – When the player rolls two 6s
C and E Craps – Another term for rolling 11
Center Field – Another term for the number 9. The reason it is called center field is because the number 9 is in the middle of the seven numbers on the Craps betting field.
Come-Out Roll – The first roll in a betting round. If a player places a Pass Bet then they will win that bet if a 7 or 11 is rolled and lose if a 3, 12 or 2 is rolled on a come-out roll. If a player places a Don’t Pass bet they will win if a 3 or 2 is rolled and lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled on a come-out bet.
Craps – Besides the name of the game, Craps also means rolling a 12, 2 or 3
Dealer – The casino employee who is responsible for the bets placed on the table. If players are playing Craps at an online casino then the dealer is the computer. The dealer is responsible for taking bets and giving players payouts when they win their bets.
Jimmy Hicks – Another word for the number 6
Little Joe – When a player rolls a 4 with a three and one on the dice. Little Joe can also be known as Little Joe from Kokomo.
Natural Winner – A come-out roll of 11 or 7
Player Position – There are a total of 8 positions around a standard Craps table that are labeled 1 through 8 which indicates the player’s position at the table. The player position is based on his/her proximity to the Craps dealer.
Puppy Paws – When a player rolls two 5s. This type of role is also known as ‘10, the hard way’ or simply as ‘Hard 10’.
Skate and Donate – Another term for the number 8
Skinny Dugan – A term for a losing 7 roll
Snake Eyes – When the player rolls two 1s
Yo – Also known as Yo-leven and it simply means ‘11’