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Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Schemes: The History of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Modern craps formed from the ancient English game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been made up by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It’s presumed that Sir William’s knights played Hazard during a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when driven away by the English, the French moved down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s believed that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which was gotten from the name of the bad luck toss of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and across the nation. Many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In 1907, Winn designed the modern craps setup. He appended the Don’t Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to not win. Later, he designed the boxes for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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