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Commonly observed etiquette in craps

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  • When offered the dice to shoot, a player may pass the dice to the next player without fear of offending anyone; however, keep in mind that at least one player must always be a “shooter” betting on either the pass line or don’t pass line for the game to continue.
  • Players are encouraged to tip the dealers, especially if they are winning. The most common way to tip is simply to toss chips onto the table and say “for the boys.” (This is considered acceptable even though dealers often are women). Another method is to place a bet next to your bet and call out “dealers.” A “two-way” bet is one that is part for the player and part for the dealers. Usually, the dealers’ bet is smaller than the player’s bet, but it is appreciated. The part of the bet for the dealer is called a “toke” bet; this is from the $1 slot machine coins or tokens that are sometimes used to place bets for the dealers in a casino. Most casinos require the dealers to pick up their winning bets, including the original tip, rather than “let it ride” as the player may choose to do.
  • After the come-out roll, it is considered bad luck to say the word “seven.” This may offend other players. A common “nickname” for this number is “Big Red”.
  • It is considered bad luck to change dice in the middle of a roll.
  • Center bets are made by tossing chips to the center of the table and calling out the intended bet; the stickman will then place the chips correctly for you.
  • It is not considered rude to correct a dealer that you feel has made an error. Mistakes happen and disputes are often resolved to the player’s benefit, mainly in the interest of keeping their business.
  • It is considered rude to “late bet,” or make wagers while the dice are no longer in the middle of the table. While entirely permissible, excessive late betting will generally garner a warning.
  • Food, drinks, and other items should remain off the chip rail.
  • Players feel it is bad luck for the shooter to leave the table after a successful come-out roll.
  • It is considered very bad etiquette to allow the dice to hit your hands. More often than you would imagine, this seems to result in the shooter “sevening out” and the offender noticing glaring looks and mumbling curses from the other players. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to when the stickman will say “hands high, let ’em fly”.

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