Snake eyes is the outcome of rolling two dice in any gambling game and getting one pip on each die. In most cases, this outcome is very disadvantageous for the player – and since the pair of pips looks just like a pair of eyes, the gamblers have associated it with snakes since they’re considered to be a symbol of treachery and bad luck. However, please note that rolling snake eyes doesn’t necessarily result in an instant defeat, as everything depends on the specific rules of the game that is being played. The odds of rolling snake eyes are 1:36.
“I bet a lot on the Pass line in craps, and I rolled the snake eyes. Needless to say, it wasn’t the luckiest game I’ve ever had.”
Despite the fact that the phrase has been coined in 1929, the origins of snake eyes can be traced back to ancient Roman dice games, in which two ‘Dogs’ represented two ones. The ancient Romans called it “the dog throw.” Furthermore, the term is sometimes employed outside the casino setting as a reference to a streak of bad luck. However, in many board games, the house rules may decide that rolling snake eyes leads to a bonus, since the odds of rolling any doubles are fairly low.