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Pickup Craps – Pointers and Strategies: The Past of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves date all the way back to the Crusades, but modern craps is only about one hundred years old. Current craps formed from the old Anglo game referred to as Hazard. No one knows for certain the beginnings of the game, but Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the twelfth century. It’s presumed that Sir William’s horsemen played Hazard amid a blockade on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers imported the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 18th century, when exiled by the English, the French moved south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they brought their preferred game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which was acquired from the term for the non-winning throw of two in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi scows and throughout the country. A few consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn developed the modern craps setup. He created the Don’t Pass line so gamblers could bet on the dice to lose. At another time, he designed the spaces for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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