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Be a Master of Craps – Tips and Schemes: The History of Craps

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Be cunning, play clever, and learn how to play craps the right way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about 100 years old. Current craps developed from the 12th Century English game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the origin 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’s believed that Sir William’s knights enjoyed Hazard amid a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 1700s, when expelled by the British, the French moved down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns altered the title to craps, which is gotten from the term for the bad luck toss of two in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the nation. A few think the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In 1907, Winn built the modern craps setup. He created the Do not Pass line so players can bet on the dice to lose. Later, he designed the spaces for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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