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Be a Master of Craps – Tricks and Schemes: The Background of Craps

Be brilliant, play cunning, and learn how to play craps the correct way!

Dice and dice games goes back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is only about one hundred years old. Modern craps developed from the ancient Anglo game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, but Hazard is said to have been made up by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, around the twelfth century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s horsemen wagered on Hazard through a blockade on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the castle’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when displaced by the English, the French moved south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they at a later time became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which was gotten from the name of the losing throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi scows and all over the nation. Most consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In 1907, Winn assembled the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so players could bet on the dice to not win. At another time, he created the boxes for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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