The History of Casino Craps
February 10th, 2010 by Gina
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The recorded history of Craps dates all the way back to a dice game known as Hazard, which goes back to Bernard de Mandeville in New Orleans in Early 1800’s. Hazard is believed to be a by-product of Azzahr, meaning ‘the die’ a game played by Arabs.

The game developed as it spread out from the Arab territories to France and then England. By the early 18th century, formal rules for Hazard had been established. France started playing the British version of Hazard and is assumed to have been imported to the us by early French settlers. In the mid-1700s, when the English beat the French in Canada, the French colonizers migrated to Louisiana. Dice were enjoyed on river boats, casinos and wharfs and a streamlined ‘US’ style of Craps was developed. The game moved west and is a favoured game that is played all over the United States and all over the world.

The name ‘Craps’ is presumed to be a French articulation of the word crabs, which means a pair of ones. There are two basic forms of Craps that are gambled on-street Craps and bank Craps. Street caps, correctly called because it is played on the streets is where a hurler makes a point and then attempts to roll that point. The betting is made either with or opposed to the player and another person has to cover the bet in order for the dice game to go on.

In bank Craps, which is the normal game, competed in in betting houses, the casino banks the game. The gamblers play against the house-the casino covers all of the bets of all of the individuals. Craps used to be a very well-loved casino game but in the past 20 years had split itself and different games, like poker and blackjack became even more well-loved. However, Craps is seeing a surge in fame once again in web casinos and in real world betting houses.

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