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Pickup Craps – Tricks and Tactics: The History of Craps

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Dice and dice games goes back to the Crusades, but modern craps is approximately a century old. Current craps evolved from the old English game referred to as Hazard. No one absolutely knows the ancestry of the game, although Hazard is believed to have been invented by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, around the twelfth century. It is believed that Sir William’s horsemen gambled on Hazard amid a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was gotten from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonizers brought the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 18th century, when driven away by the English, the French relocated south and settled in southern Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it mathematically fair. It’s believed that the Cajuns adjusted the title to craps, which is derived from the term for the losing toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi river boats and across the nation. A great many acknowledge the dice builder John H. Winn as the father of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the modern craps layout. He created the Do not Pass line so players can wager on the dice to lose. At another time, he developed the boxes for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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