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Learn to Play Craps – Tricks and Techniques: The Past of Craps

Be cunning, play clever, and pickup craps the right way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Modern craps evolved from the ancient English game called Hazard. Nobody knows for sure the origin of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been discovered by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s horsemen wagered on Hazard through a siege on the citadel Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonizers brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when expelled by the English, the French moved down south and found refuge in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they brought their favored game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s said that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which is gotten from the term for the losing throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi riverboats and throughout the country. A few acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the creator of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the modern craps setup. He created the Do not Pass line so players can bet on the dice to lose. At another time, he established the spots for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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