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Become Versed in Craps – Tricks and Strategies: The Background of Craps
March 3rd, 2020 by Aliyah

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

Dice and dice games date all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about a century old. Current craps evolved from the ancient English game referred to as Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the twelfth century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s horsemen wagered on Hazard through a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 1700s, when displaced by the English, the French moved south and located refuge in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they took their preferred game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which is gotten from the term for the losing toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi river boats and throughout the country. Many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In 1907, Winn designed the modern craps layout. He put in place the Do not Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he invented the boxes for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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