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Become Versed in Craps – Tips and Schemes: The Past of Craps

Be smart, play smart, and become versed in craps the right way!

Dice and dice games goes all the way back to the Crusades, but modern craps is approximately a century old. Current craps formed from the old Anglo game called Hazard. Nobody knows for sure 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 horsemen played Hazard through a blockade on the fortification Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was acquired from the castle’s name.

Early French settlers imported the game Hazard to Canada. In the 18th century, when expelled by the British, the French moved down south and settled in the south of Louisiana where they a while later became known as Cajuns. When they were driven out of Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns broke down the game and made it fair mathematically. It’s said that the Cajuns adjusted the name to craps, which is acquired from the term for the losing toss of two in the game of Hazard, recognized as "crabs."

From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi river boats and across the nation. A great many consider the dice builder John H. Winn as the creator of current craps. In the early 1900s, Winn assembled the modern craps setup. He added the Don’t Pass line so gamblers can wager on the dice to lose. Later, he established the spots for Place wagers and put in place the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.