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Be a Master of Craps – Pointers and Tactics: The Background of Craps
August 24th, 2022 by Gina

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

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Modern craps evolved from the 12th Century English game referred to as Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been invented by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s soldiers gambled on Hazard amid a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when exiled by the British, the French headed down south and found safety in southern Louisiana where they eventually became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which was gotten from the name of the bad luck throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi scows and all over the country. A good many think the dice builder John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn designed the modern craps layout. He appended the Do not Pass line so gamblers could bet on the dice to not win. At another time, he invented the boxes for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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