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.
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!