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Learn to Play Craps – Tricks and Schemes: The History of Craps
November 25th, 2017 by Aliyah

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

Dice and dice games goes all the way back to the Crusades, but current craps is just about one hundred years old. Modern craps developed from the old English game called Hazard. No one knows for certain the birth of the game, but Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It is presumed that Sir William’s soldiers bet on Hazard amid a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when expelled by the English, the French relocated south and found safety in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they took their favored game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which was gotten from the name of the losing throw of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi scows and throughout the country. A great many consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the creator of modern craps. In 1907, Winn assembled the current craps layout. He added the Do not Pass line so players could wager on the dice to lose. Later, he designed the spaces for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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