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

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

Dice and dice games goes all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is just about one hundred years old. Modern craps formed from the old English game referred to as Hazard. No one knows for certain the ancestry of the game, but Hazard is said to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the twelfth century. It’s presumed that Sir William’s paladins played Hazard through a blockade on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was derived from the citadel’s name.

Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 1700s, when exiled by the English, the French moved south and found refuge in southern Louisiana where they after a while became Cajuns. When they departed 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 name to craps, which is derived from the term for the losing toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi barges and across the nation. A few acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the current craps setup. He added the Do not Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to lose. At another time, he invented the boxes for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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