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Pickup Craps – Tricks and Strategies: The History of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves date all the way back to the Crusades, but current craps is approximately one hundred years old. Modern craps evolved from the 12th Century Anglo game referred to as Hazard. Nobody knows for certain the beginnings of the game, however Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It is presumed that Sir William’s knights bet on Hazard amid a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the fortress’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 1700s, when banished by the English, the French headed down south and settled in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s said that the Cajuns altered the title to craps, which is acquired from the term for the bad luck throw of two in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi barges and throughout the nation. A good many acknowledge the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In 1907, Winn created the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to lose. Afterwords, he created the spots for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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