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The language of craps20 August 2009
(Thanks to Billy the Kid of Golden Touch Craps for his input.)
When a new player walks up to a busy craps game he will sometimes stand and stare wide-eyed at the table, listening to the incessant din of the game, attempting to discern what all of these players are saying and in what language they are speaking. Virtually nothing that is being said seems to make any sense.
This is the first problem that a new craps player has to overcome. What are these people saying, what does it mean and how does it affect me and the game that I am trying to play?
There are many things that are said by the craps crew that do in fact impact the players, and can seriously affect their bets and their bankroll. Some of these are:
Understanding the words and phrases of the game will help your play, and might save you money. The dealers are there to help you and the better you are at speaking their language the easier it will be for you to play this great game.
What the Dealers Say and Why
Everyone who has walked past a craps game knows that it is a very noisy and confusing corner of the casino. Craps dealers also know this. They know that to run the game properly every one of the dealers must be able to communicate precise instructions, give accurate payoffs, and handle disagreements, and therefore the game has developed a language that helps dealers and players to easily understand each other.
Every word or phrase that the dealers use has a purpose and even though you may have been under the impression that they say some of these phrases to entertain the players — and they are quite entertaining sometimes — these phrases do have a greater purpose than their entertainment value.
Some words and some numbers sound very much alike; an excellent example of this are seven and eleven.
During the heat of battle, the stickman must have a way to differentiate seven and eleven, since a dealer confusing what the stickman said would create a problem so severe between the casino and the players that it would require a United Nations negotiating team to calm everyone.
Thus stickmen will shout out "yo-eleven" so that none of the dealers will mistake that call for the hand-ending seven-out! Five has attached to it "no field five" and nine adds "center field nine" to help the crew tell the difference.
With the exception of conversation on a dead or slow game, everything the dealer says is said to either sell the game or to improve the accuracy and the speed of the game. Listen closely to what the dealers say and you will notice the pace and structure they are giving the game and your enjoyment of the game will also increase.
What You Should Say
Knowing how to say the bet that you want to make will make the dealers' job easier and will help them keep the game at a good pace.
In fact, both players and dealers like the game to progress at a good speed and some superstitious players will become very agitated if the game slows down because of a player not using proper etiquette or proper phrases.
Phrases that Pay
1. Two ways.
2. Working / Off.
3. Dice out / In the middle.
4. Inside / Outside.
The box numbers 5, 6, 8, 9 are the inside numbers. A craps layout shows the box numbers with the low number, 4, on the left and continues to the right going to the highest box number 10. Players that make place bets will often place all the inside numbers. When you make a bet like this you should tell the dealer how much the total bet will be, as in $22, $44, $110 followed by the word "inside." This tells the dealer how much and where you want your money bet. The box numbers 4, 5, 9, 10 are the outside numbers. As you can see 5 and 9 are considered both inside and outside numbers when they are being bet with either their inside or outside neighbors. Players betting all of the outside numbers should again tell the dealer how much as in $20, $40, $100 followed by word "outside."
This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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