There are several takes on the true craps history. To help you better understand
and play online craps, we detail two takes on craps history below.
The first take on craps history - According
to Richard Epstein, craps is descended from an earlier game known
as Hazard, that dates to the Middle Ages. The formal rules for Hazard
were established by Montmort early in the 1700s. The origin of the
name craps is shrouded in doubt, but it may have come from the English
crabs, or from the French Crapeaud (for toad).
There is also evidence that a form of craps can be dated back to the
time of the Holy Roman Empire. Soldiers in the Roman Legions used
to shave down pig knuckles into the shapes of cubes, and toss them
onto their inverted shields as a form of entertainment while in camp.
Hence we get the term "to roll the bones".
We do know that the game we know today as "craps" came to the United
States from Europe.
Three are two general forms of craps played today that can be traced back
in craps history - "Street Craps" and "Bank Craps". In recent times,
the Internet version - Online craps - has also become very popular.
Street Craps is the game you find played, well, on the street. A shooter
establishes a point, then tries to make that point. Bettors either
bet with the shooter (on the point) or against the shooter (on the
7). Someone must "fade" the shooter (cover the bet) in order for the
game to progress.
Bank Craps is what we normally see in the casino. The "bank" part of the
name comes from the fact that someone, or something (like a casino)
must "bank" the game; that is, cover all bets of the players. In this
manner, the players are playing against the house.
The second take on craps history -
by author Mark Pilarski states Back before the Middle Ages, the Arabs
played a game using little numbered cubes, called azzahr (meaning
"the die"). The game showed up across the Mediterranean in France,
where it was renamed hasard, then jumped the English Channel to England
some time before 1500 AD where it was given the English spelling of
the same word, hazard. The roll of lowest value in that game was called
crabs. The French, trying to be amiable, adopted that term from the
English, but spelling it the French way as crabes. In the early 1700's,
the game crossed the Atlantic to the French colony of Acadia.
In 1755, the French lost Acadia to the English who promptly renamed it
Nova Scotia and chucked out the French-speaking Acadians, who roamed
around a bit and finally relocated in Louisiana, where they were called
(as they still are) Cajuns, and developed a language called Louisiana
French. They still played the good old dice game, but dropped the
title of hasard and called the game simply crebs or creps, which was
their spelling of the French crabes.
By 1843, the Cajun word came into American English as craps. People were
apparently careful for a while not to omit the final s for fear of
confusion with a slang term having a totally different meaning, but
that's another story.
By 1885, such expressions as crapsgame, crapstable, and crapsshooter
were found to be just too finicky so the final s was dropped where
it served no useful purpose as in composites like craptable, crapshooter,
crap game, etc., and retained where it refers only to the game (game
of craps) or the losing roll (he craps out, he rolled craps) or where
it would be too hard to pronounce (she crapped out, rather than she
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