What is a Shooter?
In craps, the shooter is the player with control of the dice. Players retain the dice until they lose, and then the shooter role passes left. All players have the option to shoot, but they can also pass and remain on the betting side of play. The shooter and the other players take bets on the outcome of the dice roll, and the shooter may make multiple rolls before their turn comes to an end. Players are essentially aiming to ‘shoot’ the dice to score certain numbers; a seven is the only number which ends a shooter’s turn.
In craps, one player is the ‘shooter’ and other players bet on the rolls that shooter will make. Shooters roll until they make a seven, at which point the role of shooter passes left and a new round of play starts. Craps essentially takes place in two parts. The first is when the shooter is establishing a ‘point’ – a number to aim for – in their first roll. This is also known as the come-out roll. At this point in the game, shooters must have a pass/don’t pass bet on the table, and other players might do the same. A roll of 2, 3 or 12 is a loss for the ‘pass’ players and a win for the ‘don’t pass’ players.
Any other roll by the shooter sets a ‘point’ for the game. After this, players are betting on whether the shooter can match their point, and on the combinations of dice which will make up that point. They might also bet on the different outcomes the shooter could score, aside from the point. The shooter can bet in the same way as the players during this round. Play continues until the player rolls a seven, at which point the turn ends and a new shooter, usually the player on the left of the previous shooter, is called to the table for their turn.