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Master Craps – Tricks and Plans: The Background of Craps
June 14th, 2020 by Aliyah

Be clever, play clever, and master craps the right way!

Dice and dice games goes all the way back to the Crusades, but modern craps is only about 100 years old. Current craps evolved from the ancient Anglo game referred to as Hazard. Nobody knows for certain the origin of the game, but Hazard is said to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It is presumed that Sir William’s knights gambled on Hazard through a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when driven away by the British, the French moved down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they at a later time became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which was gotten from the term for the non-winning throw of 2 in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi scows and throughout the nation. A good many acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the current craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he developed the spots for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.


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