The Background of Craps

The history 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 offshoot of Azzahr, which means ‘the die’ a game played by Arabs.

The game evolved as it traveled from the Arab territories to France and then to the UK. By the early eighteenth century, cultivated game rules for Hazard had been developed. France adopted the British variation of Hazard and is assumed to have been brought to the us by early French settlers. In the mid-18th century, when the British beat the French in Canada, the French colonists moved to Louisiana. Dice were played on river boats, clubs and wharfs and a streamlined ‘American’ style of Craps was developed. The game headed west and is a well-known game that is played all over the United States and around the world.

The name ‘Craps’ is considered to be a French enunciation of the term crabs, which alludes to a pair of ‘1s’. There are two basic types of Craps that are gambled on-street Craps and casino Craps. Street caps, aptly named since it is gambled on the streets is where a tosser establishes a point and then attempts to acquire that point. The wagering is made either with or opposed to the tosser and a player must cover the bet for the craps game to continue.

In bank Craps, which is the accepted game, played in betting houses, the betting house banks the casino game. The players wager against the casino-the casino covers all of the wagers of all of the players. Craps used to be a very popular casino game but in the last 20 years had split itself and other games, such as poker and chemin de fer became even more well-known. However, Craps is seeing a come back in fame once again in net betting houses and in brink and mortar betting houses.

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