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Be a Master of Craps – Tricks and Techniques: The Background of Craps

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Dice and dice games date all the way back to the Middle Eastern Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Current craps formed from the old English game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, but Hazard is said to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It is presumed that Sir William’s horsemen bet on Hazard amid a blockade on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when displaced by the English, the French relocated south and discovered safety in the south of Louisiana where they eventually became Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they brought their best-loved game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it fair mathematically. It is said that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which is derived from the name of the non-winning throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi scows and throughout the nation. A great many consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of modern craps. In 1907, Winn assembled the current craps layout. He appended the Do not Pass line so players could wager on the dice to not win. At another time, he created the spaces for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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