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Become Versed in Craps – Pointers and Techniques: The Past of Craps

Be smart, play cunning, and master craps the ideal way!

Games that use dice and the dice themselves date back to the Crusades, but modern craps is just about 100 years old. Current craps evolved from the 12th Century Anglo game called Hazard. No one knows for certain the birth of the game, but Hazard is said to have been made up by the Anglo, Sir William of Tyre, sometime in the 12th century. It’s supposed that Sir William’s paladins wagered on Hazard during a siege on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was derived from the fortification’s name.

Early French colonists imported the game Hazard to Acadia. In the 18th century, when exiled by the English, the French relocated down south and discovered safety in the south of Louisiana where they after a while became Cajuns. When they departed Acadia, they brought their favorite game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns modernized the game and made it more mathematically fair. It is said that the Cajuns changed the name to craps, which is acquired from the term for the losing throw of snake-eyes in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game moved to the Mississippi river boats and all over the country. A few acknowledge the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In 1907, Winn designed the current craps layout. He put in place the Don’t Pass line so gamblers could wager on the dice to lose. At another time, he designed the boxes for Place wagers and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.

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