by Frank Scoblete
Craps Lingo is the focus for this lesson at Gambling Teachers, Learn to
Yes, we are talking craps
casino players like to state who enjoy
the language of the casino.
As with all great languages, craps has its own dictionary and after
this lesson, you will be able to speak the language of craps.
Let’s begin your linguistic enlightenment with familiar craps lingo.
Almost all players know that snakes
refer to the number 2 or
wagering that the next roll will be a 2.
The same goes for yo
Rocky’s classic comment after he suffered
serious brain damage. However, when asked what he had actually done, he
could not quite remember. So he said, yo-eleven
which he thought was
the round he had been knocked out in. And that is how yo-eleven
became part of craps speak
is another way to say four. Additionally, you could
The popular, Rosemary Clooney song, You
Give Me Fever
became fever or
five, so when you put your bet down for a five, just say, I got a fever for
If the dealer does not know what that craps lingo means, he might
think you are coming on to him or he might get upset because he thinks
you have some rare tropical disease or both.
Not a whole lot of lingo for the number six, except for this one
connecting 6 to 7 as with Six-Ace that is a bet that the next
roll will be a 7.
The seven is the most feared number in craps, particularly after the
shooter has established the point that he’s shooting for. The 7 is
referred to as the Devil
and Big Red
. When a shooter rolls the
seven, it can take a player to hell=“do” bettors or to heaven=“don’t”
bettors. It is well known amongst craps players that if you say
the word seven out loud at the table, bad luck naturally follows.
The eight has several colorful appellations. Craps lingo for the
placing the eight goes like this: Give
me a square pair! I
want two windows. Make that block fours.
When the shooter’s
is eight and he makes it, dealers can say, He eight it!
Or, a dealer
might say, Meet Ada from Decatur
When the nine is your point and you make it, the dealer can shout: Nina from Pasadena
! as Nina in
craps lingo also means nine.
Alternatively, a nine can be referred to as a Jesse James
, as he was
shot with a 4-5 equaling nine.
The Brits jump in with their special linguistic abilities for the
They labeled 10 with Big Ben, The
Ripper, The Queen’s Crown, Sunflowers, Double Nickels
and Venus and Mars.
Lastly, there is the famous Box Cars
or twelve, which can also be
called: Midnight, The Apostles,
You will find many religious and moral sayings related to the language
of craps like Come on, baby needs a
new pair of shoes!
Whereas with, Peace on earth, good will to men, the craps equivalent is
much easier to understand: Dice--be
Lastly, the most feared of all craps calls: The devil jumped up!
means that dreaded seven just ended a shooters roll.
For more Craps Lingo, Gambling Teachers recommends Craps
and Craps Terms
expand your craps vocabulary and become a citizen of Crapsylvania.
Lingo is followed by Craps Dealers: The Good and Bad
to Play Craps Program
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