What is a Back Line Skinner?
In the dice game craps, a back line Skinner is a bet that the next roll will be a seven, or a call by the dealer signifying that a seven has been rolled. It is usually used as part of the phrase ‘front line winner, back line skinner’, and relates to a bet against or for the dice on the come-out roll or after a point has been established. The ‘back line’ is the don’t pass line, while the front line is the pass line. Betting on the seven means betting against the shooter, and predicting that they will ‘seven out’ and end their turn.
Back Line Skinner Explained
During a game of craps, players bet on what the two dice rolled by the ‘shooter‘ (the player whose turn it is to control the dice) will total. Those players can opt to make single-roll bets on the next number called, or place a series of bets that stay active during the whole round. Single bets include the hard way and easy way numbers (doubles such as 4-4 and 3-3, or mixed sets like 3-5 and 2-4) or one of the harder-to-get combinations such as 1-1 or 6-6. Bets that remain ‘working’ include come and don’t come bets, and pass and don’t pass bets. These are bets on whether or not the shooter will ‘make their point’ (roll one of the number 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), or hit a seven (the most common total possible) to end their turn.
If a player or dealer calls ‘back line skinner’ (or ‘front line winner, back line skinner’ in full) they are declaring that the dice came up with a seven or that they wish to bet on the seven. In craps, rolling a seven signifies the end of a shooter’s turn and is known as crapping out or sevening out, depending on when the seven occurs. Bettors can opt to go with the shooter and bet they will have a successful next roll, or bet against them and predict a seven.