There's etiquette to playing craps. Many actions are purely social
or superstitious in nature, but some others help ensure that the
game is run smoothly and efficiently.
You should try to practice all of the following etiquette
rules when playing craps:
• If you want to be a part of the "team"
be a "right" bettor: Always bet with the shooter.
• Never let your hands interfere with
the roll of the dice; this is a big no-no in craps.
• Don't hold a drink over the lip of the
table, where it could possibly spill onto the table.
• Collect your winnings and make your
bets quickly so as not to delay the shooter.
• Never, never say the word "seven"
at the craps table - it's bad luck. Of course, this is only a
superstition, but you don't want the table angry with you for
using that word. Instead, use the nicknames "big red"
or "six-ace" when referring to a seven.
• It's popular to call 3 as "ace-deuce"
or "craps", 11 as "yo", and 12 as "boxcars."
• Use only one hand when throwing and
handling the dice.
• A good way to tip the dealers is to
place a bet next to yours on the pass line. The dealers will know
it's for them.
• Another way to tip is to throw $1 (or
more) on a hard way and announce "a hard 8 for the boys."
If it rolls, the "boys" will get a $9 tip.
• After the dealer pays you, he or she
will put your chips down on the layout. It is your responsibility
to pick them up before the next throw of the dice, or they may
be declared a bet. The expression for this is "They lay ...
they play." Act promptly.
• First-time female shooters always seem
to be lucky. This might just be another superstition, but you
should always ride with them.