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Be a Master of Craps – Pointers and Techniques: The Past of Craps

Be clever, play cunning, and discover how to play craps the right way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but modern craps is approximately a century old. Modern craps formed from the old English game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, however Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the 12th century. It is presumed that Sir William’s knights gambled on Hazard amid a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when expelled by the British, the French relocated down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they took their best-loved game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which is derived from the term for the non-winning toss of 2 in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi barges and across the nation. Many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the creator of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn designed the modern craps setup. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to lose. At another time, he established the spots for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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