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Pickup Craps – Tricks and Techniques: The Past of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is approximately a century old. Current craps evolved from the 12th Century Anglo game referred to as Hazard. No one knows for sure the birth of the game, but Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It’s supposed that Sir William’s soldiers enjoyed Hazard amid a blockade on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 1700s, when expelled by the British, the French headed down south and discovered sanctuary in the south of Louisiana where they eventually became known as Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they brought their preferred game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which is acquired from the term for the losing throw of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi scows and all over the country. A few think the dice maker John H. Winn as the creator of modern craps. In 1907, Winn designed the current craps layout. He appended the Do not Pass line so players could bet on the dice to not win. Later, he invented the boxes for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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