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Become Versed in Craps – Hints and Schemes: The History of Craps
December 10th, 2016 by Aliyah

Be smart, play cunning, and pickup craps the correct way!

Dice and dice games goes all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is only about 100 years old. Current craps come about from the 12th Century English game called Hazard. No one absolutely knows the ancestry of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been created by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the 12th century. It is supposed that Sir William’s knights enjoyed Hazard through a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was derived from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonizers imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when displaced by the British, the French relocated down south and discovered sanctuary in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it fair mathematically. It is said that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which was derived from the term for the losing toss of 2 in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and all over the country. Most acknowledge the dice builder John H. Winn as the creator of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the modern craps setup. He put in place the Do not Pass line so players can wager on the dice to not win. Later, he invented the spaces for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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