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Casino Craps

Not sure you know the proper etiquette of Casino Craps? Or perhaps you have played it before, but you’re feeling a bit rusty.

Here are a few etiquette tips to review:

Holding/Shaking the Dice

  • Handle the dice with one hand. Need to change hands? Set the dice on the table first, then pick them up with your other hand. (Sometimes this isn’t permitted, so check first). Never take the dice past the edge of the table.

Throwing the Dice

  • The goal when throwing the dice is to hit the far end of the table, (the opposite end from where you are throwing). The dice must be thrown past the middle of the table. Remember, the dice are to be tossed, not slid across the table, no higher than eye level of the dealer.

Where the Dice Land

  • “In play” rolls include the dice landing on:
  1. player’s bet
  2. dealer’s working stack
  3. on marker puck
  4. one die on top of another
  • Invalid rolls include the dice landing in:
  1. boxman’s bank
  2. stickman’s bowl
  3. the table rails
  4. and if both dice leave the table
  • If the dice hits a player or the dealer and rolls back on the table with no interference the roll usually counts. (Check with the casino if they consider it a “roll” or “no roll”.)

Dealers Rules

  • No touching hands with the dealer. Players lay down their cash on the layout, then the dealer picks it up and places chips in front of the player.


  • Place chips on the board, don’t toss them.


  • You may pass when offered the dice to shoot, but for the game to continue one of the players must be the “shooter”.


  • Tossing chips on the table and saying “for the dealer” is a common way to tip the dealer. Placing a bet for the dealer is acceptable too.

Bad Luck

  • Saying the word “seven” after the come-out roll is bad luck. However, since the 7 betting space is large and red, using the common nickname of “Big Red” or just “Red” is ok. Leaving the table after a successful come-out roll is also considered bad luck. Shooters are expected to roll until they get a seven, which is known as a “crap out”.

Late Bets

  • When the dice are not in the middle of the table, it’s rude to make wagers.

Now since you have brushed up on your Casino Craps Etiquette and you know how to “play nice with dice”, are you interested in learning more about craps? Download our free eBook: How to Play Craps – 11 Rolls to Win. It’s filled with great information. Learn the history of craps, as well as the types of bets, betting systems, game variations, and the lingo.

When you’re are ready to play, take the next step and make a reservation on The Big “M” Casino, Fort Myers Beach, Florida for one of our AM or PM cruises. Contact us through our website or call 239-765-PLAY (7529).

Interested in making a reservation on our sister ship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Call (877) 250-LUCK, or contact them online!

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2 Responses

  1. Joseph Says:

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    Posted on December 11th, 2015 at 6:47 am

  2. Emily Says:

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    Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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