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In the context of craps, the shooter is the gambler whose turn it is currently to roll the dice

During a game of craps, the players make wagers on the outcomes of the shooter’s rolls. The shooter’s initial roll is called the come-out roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11 during this roll, pass line bets win. If they roll a 2, a 3, or a 12, then don’t pass line bets win. If the shooter instead rolls a box number, then the point is established and they continue throwing until either a 7 or the point number is rolled. If the shooter rolls the point number before they roll a a 7, the pass line bet wins. If a roll of a 7 occurs before the point number, then the don’t pass bettors win. After the round ends, the dice are passed to the next shooter and a new round begins.

Shooters who are known for being able to produce rare outcomes consistently are known as arms.

In the past, shooters would often attempt to cheat using loaded dice given to them by a greased casino staff member. Thanks to advances in modern anti-cheating and casino surveillance technology, loaded dice are no longer an issue at respectable, regulated land-based venues.


  • in craps, the gambler whose turn it is currently to roll the dice. 

Man rolling the dice in the craps game

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