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Be a Master of Craps – Tricks and Tactics: The Background of Craps

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Dice and dice games date all the way back to the Crusades, but current craps is just about a century old. Current craps come about from the ancient Anglo game called Hazard. No one absolutely knows the beginnings of the game, but Hazard is believed to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the twelfth century. It’s theorized that Sir William’s knights played Hazard during a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The title Hazard was gotten from the citadel’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when driven away by the English, the French relocated south and located refuge in southern Louisiana where they eventually became known as Cajuns. When they fled Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, along. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it mathematically fair. It is believed that the Cajuns altered the name to craps, which was derived from the term for the non-winning toss of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, referred to as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi river boats and all over the country. A good many acknowledge the dice builder John H. Winn as the founder of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn assembled the modern craps layout. He created the Don’t Pass line so gamblers could bet on the dice to not win. Later, he established the boxes for Place bets and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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