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Become Versed in Craps – Hints and Techniques: The History of Craps
January 3rd, 2021 by Gina

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

Dice and dice games date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is approximately 100 years old. Modern craps formed from the ancient English game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, but Hazard is believed to have been created by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It is supposed that Sir William’s horsemen enjoyed Hazard through a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when driven away by the English, the French moved down south and located safety in southern Louisiana where they a while later became Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they took their preferred game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it fair mathematically. It is said that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which was gotten from the name of the losing throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the nation. Most think the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In 1907, Winn assembled the current craps layout. He appended the Do not Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to lose. Later, he designed the spots for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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