The History Of Craps

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The history of Craps dates back to a dice game called Hazard, which dates back to Bernard de Mandeville in New Orleans in 1813. Hazard is thought to be a descendant of Azzahr, meaning the die-a game played by Arabs.

The game evolved as it traveled from the Arab countries to France and then England. By the early 1700s, formal rules for Hazard had been established. France adopted the English version of Hazard and is thought to have been brought to America by early French settlers. In the mid-1700s, when the English defeated the French in Canada, the French settlers relocated to Louisiana. Dice were played on river boats, clubs and wharfs and a simplified American version of Craps was developed. The game moved west along with the frontier and is a popular game today that is played all over the United States and around the world.

The name Craps is believed to be a French pronunciation of the word crabs, which means a pair of ones. There are two basic forms of Craps that are played-street Craps and bank Craps. Street caps, aptly named because it is played on the streets is where a shooter establishes a point and then tries to make that point. The betting is made either...

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