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Become Versed in Craps – Tricks and Strategies: The History of Craps
December 9th, 2019 by Gina

Be brilliant, play clever, and master craps the ideal way!

Dice and dice games date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is just about 100 years old. Modern craps evolved from the old English game called Hazard. No one knows for sure the origin of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It’s supposed that Sir William’s knights enjoyed Hazard through a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was derived from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when banished by the English, the French moved down south and located refuge in the south of Louisiana where they a while later became Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they brought their best-loved game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s believed that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which was derived from the term for the non-winning throw of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi river boats and throughout the country. Many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the modern craps layout. He added the Don’t Pass line so players could wager on the dice to not win. At another time, he established the boxes for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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