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Be a Master of Craps – Pointers and Plans: The Past of Craps
April 23rd, 2020 by Gina

Be smart, play smart, and become versed in craps the proper way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is approximately a century old. Current craps come about from the 12th Century English game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It is theorized that Sir William’s paladins wagered on Hazard amid a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 1700s, when banished by the English, the French headed down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns changed the name to craps, which was acquired from the name of the non-winning toss of two in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and across the country. Many acknowledge the dice builder John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the current craps layout. He added the Don’t Pass line so gamblers could bet on the dice to not win. Later, he developed the spots for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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