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Be a Master of Craps – Hints and Schemes: The History of Craps
December 6th, 2017 by Gina

Be clever, play smart, and master craps the correct way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about 100 years old. Current craps come about from the 12th Century English game called Hazard. No one knows for certain the birth of the game, but Hazard is said to have been invented by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, in the twelfth century. It is supposed that Sir William’s knights wagered on Hazard amid a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when displaced by the English, the French moved down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they brought their preferred game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which is acquired from the name of the losing toss of two in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi river boats and across the nation. A great many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so players could wager on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he invented the spaces for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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