It is improper for a craps player to handle the dice using both hands. Thus, shaking the dice inside your cupped hands before throwing them is generally frowned upon by others. You must not also go past the edge of the craps table while handling the dice prior to a throw. The proper way to change hands during a throw, if it is permitted in the casino, is by placing the dice on the craps table, letting them go, and then taking them using your other hand. There are some casinos that adopt a strict no dice setting rule. This procedure is adhered to by craps player to ensure that there are no attempts of dice switching in the process with the simple sleight-of-hand.

When a player throws the dice, it is generally expected that it will hit the back wall on the opposite end of the craps table. A dice throw that fails to bounce off from the back wall is referred to as Mellenberg Rolls. Most brick and mortar casinos will consider a dice throw that does not hit the back wall legitimate if it clears past the middle part of the craps table. In some instances, casinos will declare a dice throw as a “no roll” due to the apparent controllable state of the dice throw. Generally, casinos will not allow players to throw the dice by sliding them across the craps table. However, there are some casinos that explicitly consider such instances as no roll. Players are required to “toss” the dice up to a height which is usually not higher than the dealer’s eye level.

The dice are declared “in play” when they are thrown and land on the bets of players on the craps table, on the working stacks of the craps dealer or on the device that is used by the dealer in marking a point. The dice is also in play on a dice roll when they rest on top of each other. On the other hand, the dice roll is declared invalid in case one or both dice end up in the bank of the boxman, the bowl of the stickman and along the rails where players store their chips. A “no roll” is declared every time a dice or both leave the craps table after a throw. In such instances, the boxman will first inspect the condition of the dice before resuming play.