Interesting Facts About Craps

13 January 2017 3 minutes to read
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The game of craps was developed from a simplified version of the old English game called ”Hazard”. It’s difficult to trace the origins of the game but some experts believe it may have originated from the Crusades and later influenced by French gamblers.

The modern version of Craps was brought to New Orleans in America by a Frenchman called Bernard Xavier Fillipe de Marigny de Mandeville. He was a gambler and politician as well as the descendant from a wealthy Louisiana family. To be good at craps you must understand the game’s odds and betting strategy, I’m not going to discuss it since it’s outside the scope of this article.


Modern Day Version

There was an inherent flaw in Bernard’s version of the game since it allowed smart players to exploit the casino by betting with tampered dice. A chap named John H Winn introduced the ”don’t pass” betting option to combat this unethical version of craps-it’s still used in casinos today. Initially craps was first known as Crapaud, a French word meaning ”toad” in reference to the original style of play used by people crouched on streets.

With two dice their totals vary from 2 to 12. When playing craps the easiest number to roll is 7 whereas the most difficult numbers to roll are 1 and 12 since both can be achieved by only one of the 36 possible combinations. Craps is an exciting game to play, it’s one of few games where the player can still beat the house consistently. Then again if you’re not familiar with the rules of craps the game can be a nightmare.

Street craps is played by rolling the dice against a backstop such as a stair-stoop or a curb. Street-style craps became popular with soldiers during World War 2. They used an army blanket as a shooting surface with no backboard or sidewalk curb to hit against. As such it gave rise to a new method called dice control but the best known one is the ”army blanket roll’. A craps table is shaped like a bathtub, it’s plus minus 14 feet long, 28 inches above the floor and 5 feet wide.


Live Casino Craps

The game of craps has come a long way, players can now play the game from the comfort of their homes against live dealers. A live craps game is streamed to your PC or mobile phone from a live studio-the game is interactive since you can shoot the breeze with fellow players and chat to the dealers.

In summary. When playing craps keep things simple. Start with the base Line Bet once a Point is established and take full Odds on the number behind the original bet. On the Come Box place a small bet.

If you win a Come Bet with the Odds, place a new bet in the Come Box. I must be honest to a neophyte like myself it sounds more like an adult film than a casino game. If you had a hot roll at the start of your session, don’t squander all your cash trying to repeat it. Then again if you had a bad session don’t be tempted to recoup your losses-take stock of what you have, regroup and live to play another day.

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