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Master Craps – Tips and Tactics: The Past of Craps
June 18th, 2017 by Aliyah

Be clever, play brilliant, and pickup craps the correct way!

Dice and dice games date all the way back to the Crusades, but modern craps is only about one hundred years old. Modern craps formed from the ancient English game referred to as Hazard. No one knows for certain the beginnings of the game, but Hazard is said to have been invented by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It is supposed that Sir William’s knights bet on Hazard through a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the fortification’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when displaced by the English, the French moved south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they eventually became known as 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 changed the title to craps, which was acquired from the name of the bad luck toss of 2 in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi scows and all over the country. A few think the dice builder John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In 1907, Winn designed the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he invented the spaces for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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