Colorful Nicknames for Dice Combinations in Craps

Craps is one of the most lively games in a Las Vegas casino, and it’s also one of the games with the most colorful jargon.

Over the decades, craps dealers (many of them bored out of their skulls) have come up with clever ways of calling out dice numbers, often based upon rhymes.

Here’s a collection of our favorite names for dice combinations in craps.

Craps dice rolls

Because the number seven is the most frequently rolled number on the dice, it has the most nicknames. Sevens, by the way, are jerks, except on what’s called the “come-out roll.” Long story.

Many of the slang terms for craps numbers have fascinating stories behind them. We obviously won’t be talking about those here, because we have a reputation to preserve.

An “Australian yo” is called that because on the opposite sides (“down under”) of a 1 and 2 are a 6 and 5. Those total 11, and “yo” is another name for 11. It’s called “yo” because it’s bad luck to say “seven” at a craps table. Please keep up.

A “ballerina” is called that because, wait for it, two 2s sound like “tutu.” Hey, we didn’t say this was rocket science.

A 4-5 combination is called a “Jesse James” because the notorious outlaw was shot with a .45 caliber pistol.

You don’t hear many dealers use “O.J.” for a 3-2 dice combination these days, but it’s called that because O.J. Simpson’s uniform number was 32.

It would be awesome if someday craps dealers started calling removing a “place bet” an “O.J.” Because Las Vegas took O.J. down, too. Long story.

Thanks to our reader James Hilder for this gem: A roll of three is sometimes called a “shocker,” because its a two and a one. Saucy!

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  • skeptic555

    I have 2 favorite calls: Any nine is “German Birth Control” (“Nein! Nein!) and hard 6 is “The national average”

  • James Hilder

    Rolled a 3 at PH. Dealer called “2 & a 1, that’s the shocker!” Me and my mates still use it.

    • This is awesome and wrong. Thanks, James. Included your comment in our original blog post!

      • James Hilder

        Brilliant! As I say… The dealer called it so I can’t take credit!

  • mattbob77

    My favorite is from the old Cheapo Vegas site. 55 is “Big Dick Daddy From East Cincinnati”. We like to scream this, especially at Terrible’s/Silver Sevens and Ellis Island. Because nobody there finds it odd.

  • Deuce_Fairbanks

    Twelve Craps Twelve all the spots on the rocks

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