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Become Versed in Craps – Tips and Tactics: The Past of Craps
May 30th, 2020 by Aliyah

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

Dice and dice games date all the way back to the Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Current craps come about from the 12th Century Anglo game referred to as Hazard. Nobody knows for sure the birth of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been created by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, around the twelfth century. It is presumed that Sir William’s knights gambled on Hazard during a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when driven away by the British, the French headed down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their favored game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s said that the Cajuns changed the name to craps, which is acquired from the name of the non-winning toss of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the nation. Most think the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of modern craps. In 1907, Winn created the modern craps layout. He added the Don’t Pass line so players can bet on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he created the spaces for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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