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Pickup Craps – Hints and Tactics: The Past of Craps

Be cunning, play cunning, and master craps the proper way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Crusades, but current craps is only about a century old. Modern craps evolved from the 12th Century Anglo game called Hazard. Nobody absolutely knows the origin of the game, however Hazard is said to have been discovered by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, in the twelfth century. It is presumed that Sir William’s horsemen gambled on Hazard during a siege on the fortress Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonizers imported the game Hazard to Nova Scotia. In the 18th century, when expelled by the English, the French headed down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they a while later became Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they brought their favored game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it more mathematically fair. It’s believed that the Cajuns changed the title to craps, which was derived from the name of the bad luck throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game migrated to the Mississippi riverboats and all over the nation. A great many consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of modern craps. In the early 1900s, Winn built the modern craps layout. He added the Do not Pass line so players could bet on the dice to lose. At another time, he established the boxes for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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