The History of Craps

Different versions can be found as to the real history and origin of craps. Some say that craps is the earliest known gambling game that used dice. It was said that craps dated as far back as 1573 BC when early Egyptians played it. Others contend that the more modern game of craps was a descendant from a game that was invented by Sir William of Tyre in England during the Crusades. Wherever the game of craps first appeared, craps has always been known to have been played by the English and French especially during the Crusades.

The Crusades was an era where famous leaders such as Richard the Lion-Hearted of England and Philip Augustus of France led armies in reclaiming the Holy Land. It was also the time when the game of Hazard or craps was played at soldiers' camps as a pastime. It is said that Roman Legions would trim pig's knuckles so as to form cubes and use this as a dice. Soldiers would throw this makeshift dice in their reversed shield as a form of game. It is said that this was where the saying 'to roll the bones' came from.

From England, the game of craps became known in France and in the United States. It is still unclear as to who brought the craps game to the United States, some say the early English settlers of the 'Mayflower' brought craps in the Americas whereas others contend that it was the French that brought craps in the United States. Whoever brought it, craps became a popular and well-loved game in the dark streets and corners of New Orleans, a common site for both Americans and French alike, in the 1800.

From New Orleans, the craps game also became known in the Riverbanks of the Mississippi River. This was during the steamboat era, where players would use weighted dice in cheating to get the desired numbers. The game of craps changed and developed its rules through the years. However, craps players were only allowed to bet with the player and not with the house.

It was only when John H. Winn came did the final craps rule change happened. Winn proposed that craps players should be allowed to bet both with the player and with the casino. This ensured that craps players and the casino won't cheat. Winn also introduced putting a Don't Pass bet on the craps table layout. Because of these developments, John H. Winn was named the Father of Modern Craps.

In 1930, gambling became legalized in Nevada. This made the craps playing industry grow and became the game it is now. Modern versions of craps include online craps that allowed craps players to play craps without even having to go to the casino.

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