The History of Casino Craps

The recorded history of Craps dates all the way back to a dice game referred to as Hazard, which goes all the way back to Bernard de Mandeville in New Orleans in Early 1800’s. Hazard is believed to be a by-product of Azzahr, which means ‘the die’ a game played by Arabs.

The game developed as it traveled from the Arab countries to France and then England. By the early eighteenth century, formal established rules for Hazard had been established. France started playing the British variation of Hazard and is believed to have been brought to the us by early French settlers. In the mid-18th century, when the British defeated the French in Canada, the French colonists migrated to Louisiana. Dice were played on river boats, casinos and wharfs and a simplified ‘American’ version of Craps was created. The game moved west and is a popular game that is played all over the United States and around the world.

The name ‘Craps’ is presumed to be a French enunciation of the word crabs, which means two ‘1s’. There are 2 general varieties of Craps that are bet on-street Craps and bank Craps. Street caps, aptly called seeing as it’s played on the streets is where a tosser makes a point and then attempts to roll that point. The wagering is made either with or against the player and someone has to cover the wager for the game of craps to carry on.

In bank Craps, which is the accepted game, wagered on in casinos, the betting house banks the game. The gamblers play against the casino-the house covers all of the wagers of all of the individuals. Craps once was a very popular casino game but in the past twenty years had split itself and other games, such as poker and black jack became more popular. However, Craps is seeing a come back in fame once again in online casinos and in brink and mortar betting houses.

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