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Master Craps – Hints and Strategies: The Past of Craps

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Be smart, play smart, and pickup craps the right way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Crusades, but modern craps is approximately one hundred years old. Modern craps evolved from the 12th Century English game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the birth of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It is supposed that Sir William’s paladins bet on Hazard during a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the citadel’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 1700s, when displaced by the British, the French relocated down south and located sanctuary in southern Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they took their preferred game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s believed that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which was acquired from the term for the bad luck throw of 2 in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the country. A few acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the creator of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn developed the modern craps setup. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to not win. At another time, he established the spaces for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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