Craps is a fun game with one of the lowest house odds of any casino online, theoretically making it worth your while to play if you’re trying to make money and you know what you’re doing. Plenty of newcomers will hover around the pass line or the call bets for weeks or months until they’ve taken the time to observe and learn the details of the game. And, believe me, that table can be crowded. So crowded, in fact, that if you’re on the far end, it can be difficult to even see what was rolled on the dice.
Thankfully (or unfortunately, depending on who’s working the craps pit), there are specific names for each combination that are called out when the number is determined after a roll. Little catchy names attached to each one that are commonplace to the regulars and professionals, but might be a big foreign to somebody playing for the first time. So let’s go through them in a quick, reference form.
Two 1’s: Snake eyes. Probably the most familiar to the mainstream population, and named such for obvious reasons. Plus, it’s cool to say snake eyes and stretch out the sssssss.
2 and 1: Ace Deuce. Again, fairly self-explanatory. a deuce is just another name for a 2.
3 and 1: Easy four. It’s easy because there are more combinations of 4 when it’s a 3 and a 1 than when it’s just two 2’s.
4 and 1: Fever five.
5 and 1: Easy six: same as the four
6 and 1: Seven out. Often what you hear, followed by clapping since a 7 came up. The Pass Line’s friend.
2 and 2: Hard four. Hard…the, uh, opposite of easy.
2 and 4: Easy six
6 and 2: Easy eight: Say it. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
3 and 3: Hard six
5 and 3: Easy eight
6 and 3: Nine nina. For the longest time when I was in college, a frat brother would say this incessantly. I had no idea what it meant for the longest time. I thought he was trying to give me Nina as a nickname.
6 and 4: Easy 10
6 and 5: Yooooooooooo 11. The most annoying thing you’ll ever hear in a casino. The reason they add the YO is so the 11 call can’t be mistaken as a seven to someone’s ears. It’s also just often spoken as yo’leven.
6 and 6: Box cars
Why these names? Really, it spices the game up. There are other ones, too, that aren’t as widely used, such as calling a 9 roll “center field” since it’s in the center of the field bets. Hard 4 is also called “Little Joe from Kokomo.” That’s one of my favorites. In Atlantic City, a 4 and 5 is called Railroad Nine.
But if you stick to understanding the basic ones, you’ll be speaking like a craps pro in no time. Repeat after me, “I lost the kids college fun on a hard six.”