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

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is just about a century old. Modern craps developed from the old English game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, however Hazard is said to have been invented by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It’s supposed that Sir William’s soldiers gambled on Hazard through a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was derived from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 18th century, when driven away by the English, the French headed south and discovered sanctuary in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their preferred game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s believed that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which was gotten from the term for the losing throw of two in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi river boats and across the country. Many consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the modern craps setup. He created the Do not Pass line so players could bet on the dice to not win. Afterwords, he established the boxes for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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