The Background of Craps

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The background of Craps dates all the way back to a dice game known as Hazard, which dates back to Bernard de Mandeville in New Orleans in Early 1800’s. Hazard is thought to be a descendant of Azzahr, meaning ‘the die’ a game enjoyed by Arabs.

The game developed as it spread out from the Arab countries to France and then to England. By the early 1700s, formal game rules for Hazard had been developed. France adopted the English version of Hazard and is thought to have been imported to America by early French settlers. In the mid-Eighteenth century, when the English beat the French in Canada, the French colonists relocated to Louisiana. Dice were played on river boats, clubs and wharfs and a streamlined ‘US’ version of Craps was developed. The game moved west and is a favored game that is played all over the U.S. and around the planet.

The name ‘Craps’ is theorized to be a French enunciation of the term crabs, which refers to two ‘1s’. There are 2 basic varieties of Craps that are wagered on-street Craps and casino Craps. Street caps, aptly named because it is gambled on the streets is where a player establishes a point and then tries to make that point. The wagering is made either for or opposed to the tosser and another player must cover the bet for the game to carry on.

In casino Craps, which is the familiar game, wagered on in betting houses, the betting house banks the casino game. The gamblers wager against the house-the house covers all of the bets of all of the players. Craps once was a quite well-liked game but in the past 20 years had divided itself and different games, such as poker and twenty-one became even more popular. However, Craps is experiencing a come back in popularity once again in web casinos and in real casinos.

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