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An overview of Craps

2017-05-18 14:29:06

Craps is an extremely popular dice game that players are drawn to as soon as they enter a casino. It is quite easy to spot a Craps table from a mile away as the atmosphere will be loud and you can almost taste the excitement the moment you walk into a casino. One reason it is so popular is because it is a hands-on game which makes it even more fun to play.

How Did Craps Come About?

Amazingly dice games have been around for over 2,000 years and craps evolved from a dice game known as Hazard. There are many stories as to how Hazard evolved into Craps and one popular story is that it started out as Arab dice game that made its way all the way over to France where it was called Hasard. This game then crossed the sea over to England and was renamed as Hazard. The French warmed to this new title of the game and brought it with them to Canada where they settled in a place called Nova Scotia.

The English soon arrived and kicked out the French who then made their way to New Orleans. It is there where Craps was truly born as the French began fine-tuning the rules to make it more fair for players. Craps then took the gambling world by storm as it made its way onto riverboats and all the way out to the west. Many variations of this game started to pop up around America but the most popular one was Street Craps. This type of Craps involved rolling dice against a backstop such as a curb on a road or a stoop. Street Craps became huge during World War II as soldiers would play it using an army blanket. It was so popular that soldiers even developed their own unique way of rolling the dice called the “army blanket roll”!