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

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Be cunning, play clever, and pickup craps the correct way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about a century old. Current craps developed from the 12th Century English game referred to as Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, however Hazard is believed to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, in the twelfth century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s paladins gambled on Hazard through a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when expelled by the English, the French headed down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they took their favored game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s said that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which was gotten from the name of the non-winning toss of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi scows and all over the country. A great many think the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn developed the current craps layout. He appended the Don’t Pass line so players can bet on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he established the boxes for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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