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Master Craps – Hints and Techniques: The Past of Craps
January 2nd, 2016 by Aliyah

Be clever, play cunning, and pickup craps the ideal way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is only about a century old. Current craps come about from the old Anglo game referred to as Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, but Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It is believed that Sir William’s horsemen played Hazard during a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was derived from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when banished by the English, the French moved down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they brought their favored game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which is derived from the term for the non-winning throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi river boats and throughout the nation. Most consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the current craps setup. He appended the Do not Pass line so gamblers could bet on the dice to not win. At another time, he created the spaces for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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