In gambling, snake eyes is the outcome of rolling the dice in a game of craps and getting only one pip on each die. The pair of pips resembles a pair of eyes, which is appended to the term 'snake' because of the long-standing association of this word with treachery and betrayal. The dictionary of etymology traces that use of the term back to 1929., although it may be traced all the way back to the ancient Roman dice games, where 'Dogs' represented two ones. In modern parlance, it refers to such a roll in any game involving dice. Image File history File links Snake_eyes_243x144. ... Gambling has had many different meanings depending on the cultural and historical context in which it is used. ... Typical role-playing dice, showing a variety of colors and styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...
Because this is the lowest possible roll, and will often be a loser in many dice games, the term has been employed in a more general usage as a reference to bad luck.
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