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There are several theories on the history of how craps was invented. Mark Pilarski gives us a timeline and a good understanding of how the game began:

"Back before the Middle Ages, the Arabs played a game using little numbered cubes, called az-zahr -- meaning the die. The game showed up across the Mediterranean in France, where it was named 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 1700ís, the game crossed the Atlantic to the French colony of Acadia, where a surprise awaited it and those who played it.

In 1755, the French lost their colony, 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 -- their spelling of the French crabes. By 1843, the Cajun word came into American English as craps."

The game made its way to the United States, where a dice maker John H. Winn developed the game further so players could bet with the shooter or against him. The reason behind this was to stop the use of crooked dice.

Today, Craps is the biggest gambling game in the history of the world in terms of money wagered. It is always the loudest and most attention grabbing game in any casino and that atmosphere is not lost with Sun City Casino. This game is always a crowd favorite.

This article uses material from the Detroit News article "Casino Guide: More on Craps".


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