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Master Craps – Tricks and Techniques: The Background 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 approximately one hundred years old. Modern craps evolved from the 12th Century English game called Hazard. No one knows for certain the ancestry of the game, although Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the 12th century. It’s presumed that Sir William’s knights wagered on Hazard during a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when exiled by the English, the French moved south and located safety in the south of Louisiana where they at a later time became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they brought their favored game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns altered the title to craps, which is acquired from the name of the losing throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi scows and throughout the country. A good many think the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In 1907, Winn designed the modern craps layout. He put in place the Don’t Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he invented the boxes for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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