Be a Master of Craps – Tricks and Schemes: The Past of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about a century old. Current craps formed from the old English game called Hazard. No one absolutely knows the birth of the game, but Hazard is said to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It is supposed that Sir William’s knights bet on Hazard during a blockade on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when expelled by the British, the French moved down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns altered the title to craps, which is acquired from the name of the bad luck toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi scows and all over the country. Most consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of modern craps. In 1907, Winn built the current craps layout. He put in place the Do not Pass line so players can bet on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he established the boxes for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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