Master Craps – Tips and Plans: The Background of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes all the way back to the Crusades, but current craps is approximately a century old. Current craps formed from the 12th Century Anglo game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the birth of the game, however Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It is theorized that Sir William’s soldiers gambled on Hazard during a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when displaced by the British, the French headed down south and located sanctuary in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s believed that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which was derived from the term for the bad luck throw of 2 in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi river boats and throughout the nation. Most think the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn assembled the current craps layout. He added the Do not Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to lose. Later, he designed the boxes for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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