Craps Stickman - The Craps Caller

A craps stickman is the casino staff member who calls out the dice rolls and then returns the dice to the shooter.

A craps stickman is the casino staff member who calls out the dice rolls and then returns the dice to the shooter. The stickman also places and pays out the proposition bets.

Let’s look at the various people who run the casino craps game. You have the craps boxman at the top middle of the table. He or she is usually sitting and their job is to watch everything and to ensure everything goes smoothly.

On his or her right and left are 2 dealers who handle the Pass and Don’t Pass and Come and Don’t Come wagers, and make the place bets. In the middle of the table on your side you have the craps stickman. He is in charge of the Crazy Crapper or Proposition wagers in the middle of the table. He is also responsible for pushing the dice to the players. Behind the craps table you will find a floor man who is in charge of 1 or more tables. This man or woman rates the players’ bets for the purposes of comps. The Pit Boss is in charge of a whole craps pit and this person’s job is to settle arguments and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Let’s look at the dealers’ serving you. There are 3 dealers at the table. The craps stickman runs the game as he or she controls the dice and sends them to the shooter. The craps stickman is responsible for the proposition bets directly in front of the stick position. It is the craps stickman’s job to decide the winning pay-off, what player is paid, and when they’re paid. The craps stickman 1st instructs payment of winning proposition bets from the end of the table, on the opposite of the shooter. He begins with the player closest to the paying dealer.

In craps, all proposition bets go to the craps stickman. Make sure to get his or her attention first before throwing the chips in. Nothing is quite as irritating and slows the game like a craps stickman chasing checks and then having to ask whose bet it is and what they want. You do not want to annoy the craps stickman or the other players.

Besides the rules of the actual game of craps, certain unwritten rules of etiquette exist and are expected to be followed. Many seasoned craps players consider these guidelines as important as the actual rules themselves. New craps players should familiarize themselves with craps etiquette before approaching a craps table.

Players are not supposed to handle the dice with more than one hand nor take the dice past the edge of the table. The only way to change hands when throwing dice, if permitted at all, is to set the dice on the table, let go, then take them with the other hand. Players should also be very polite towards the craps stickman and all other casino staff members.