Learn to Play Craps – Tricks and Strategies: The Background of Craps

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Dice and dice games date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is approximately one hundred years old. Modern craps developed from the old English game called Hazard. No one absolutely knows the birth of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the 12th century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s paladins bet on Hazard during a blockade on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonizers imported the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 1700s, when driven away by the English, the French moved south and located sanctuary in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s said that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which is acquired from the term for the bad luck toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and across the country. Most consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In 1907, Winn built the current craps setup. He put in place the Do not Pass line so players can wager on the dice to not win. Later, he created the spots for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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