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Pickup Craps – Hints and Strategies: The Background of Craps

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Games that use dice and the dice themselves goes back to the Crusades, but modern craps is just about 100 years old. Modern craps evolved from the old Anglo game called Hazard. Nobody knows for certain the beginnings of the game, but Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s soldiers bet on Hazard amid a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was derived from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonists brought the game Hazard to Canada. In the 1700s, when displaced by the British, the French relocated south and settled in southern Louisiana where they after a while became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their preferred game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns streamlined the game and made it mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns altered the title to craps, which is derived from the name of the bad luck throw of two in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi barges and across the country. A good many think the dice maker John H. Winn as the creator of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn created the modern craps layout. He put in place the Do not Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to not win. At another time, he developed the spots for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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