Craps Lingo


So I was playing a little craps the last couple days. Craps is a game I have played several times over the last twenty years, but I don’t fully understand. I just make bets on the pass and come line, and I am usually a little lost the entire time. But it is just such a fun game to play!

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When I play craps I love watching the dealers. I could never deal this game, I can barely play But I notice they have nicknames for all the rolls, so I thought I would look them up and write up a list of a few of them.

Two: Both dice on one is called snake eyes. When actually playing the dealer will usually say “two craps two” during the comeout roll. On a snake eyes roll the pass line bet is lost, and any craps is paid.

Three: A three is typically called “Three craps Three” during the comeout roll When it is not a comeout roll it is typically called “Three Ace Duece, come away single” to signify the come bet has been lost and to pay single on to any Field bettors.

Four (usually hard): is sometimes referred to as “Little Joe from Kokomo.” , or “Little Joe”, but probably shouldn’t. It’s roots are from the mispronunciation of the word four as “fo”.

Five: is often called “No Field Five” in casino craps because 5 is not on the Field and thus not paid in the Field bets. Other names for a Five are “Fever” and “Little Phoebe.”

Six: may be referred to as “Jimmie Hicks,” or “Jimmie Hicks from the Sticks,” both, rhyming slang. On a win, the Six is often called “666 winner 6” followed by “came hard” or “came easy.”

Seven: rolled as 6-1 is sometimes called “Six Ace” or “Up Pops the Devil.” During the comeout, the seven is called “seven, front line winner,” frequently followed by “pay the line” and/or “take the don’t s.” After the point is established, a seven is typically called by simply “7 out” or “7 out 7.”

Eight: rolled the hard way, as opposed to an “Easy Eight” is sometimes called an “Eighter from Decatur. It can also be known as a “Square Pair,” “Mom and Dad,” “Ozzie and Harriet,” or “Eight the Hard” followed by vague references of a sexual nature.

Nine: is called a “Centerfield Nine” in casino craps because 9 is in the center of the betting area called the Field.

Ten: the hard way (5-5) is “A Hard Ten” or “A Woman’s Best Friend.” This is both an example of rhyming slang and of a sexual double entendre. Ten may also be known as “Puppy Paws” or “A Pair of Sunflowers.”

Eleven: is called out as “Yo” or “Yo’Leven” because it can often be mistaken for a seven; “Yo” is an attention-getting expletive. And older term for Eleven is “Six Five, no Jive” because it is a winning roll. During the comeout, Eleven is typically followed by “Front line Winner.” After the point is established, the subcall “Good field and Come” is often added.

Twelve: is known as “Boxcars” because the spots on the two dice that show 6-6 look like schematic drawings of railroad boxcars; it is also called “Midnight,” as in 12:00 am.

Well, there you have it, the names of craps rolls. See if you can remember them all for the next time you are playing. I know I still will forget most of them, but oh well the dealer will know how to call the game.

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