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Become Versed in Craps – Hints and Schemes: The History of Craps

November 21st, 2015 at 5:21

Be clever, play clever, and become versed in craps the right way!

Dice and dice games goes back to the Crusades, but current craps is only about a century old. Current craps come about from the ancient English game referred to as Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the twelfth century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s paladins gambled on Hazard through a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 18th century, when exiled by the English, the French headed south and settled in southern Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s said that the Cajuns changed the name to craps, which is acquired from the term for the losing toss of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi scows and across the nation. Many acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers can bet on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he established the spots for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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