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Learn to Play Craps – Hints and Strategies: The Past of Craps
February 9th, 2019 by Aliyah

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

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Crusades, but modern craps is only about one hundred years old. Current craps developed from the ancient Anglo game referred to as Hazard. Nobody knows for sure the origin of the game, however Hazard is said to have been created by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the 12th century. It is supposed that Sir William’s soldiers bet on Hazard amid a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonizers imported the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 1700s, when expelled by the British, the French headed south and settled in southern Louisiana where they eventually became Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which was acquired from the term for the non-winning toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the nation. Many consider 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 Don’t Pass line so players could bet on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he designed the spaces for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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