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The History Of Craps
by Meaghan Hutton, WINNERonline.com
21 October 2003

The casino dice game of Craps is of American origin, it originated from the game Hazard by Bernard de Mandeville in New Orleans in 1813. It soon became a trend in the American lifestyle and slowly made its way into the American casino. Craps used to be one of the more popular games in the casino, but over the last 20 years it has slowly divided itself and other games have become more popular.

When playing at a Craps table, the environment is built upon having a little party around the table. With Craps, unlike other games, you get to play along with other players. It's a great camaraderie because when one person wins, everyone making that bet also wins, and you get to work as a team. For a lot of people this is what Craps is all about, but for others the essence is to make money.

Many people don't like playing Craps because it seems like a difficult game to grasp, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to follow.

There are two ways to play Craps, Street Craps and Bank Craps. Usually, you will only find people playing Street Craps in an informal situation, the betting is simpler, and someone must cover the bet in order for the game to go on. Bank Craps is the type played in the casino. Betting becomes more complicated and the house covers the bets so the players are in effect, playing against the house.

Craps is played by either the banker or setter setting a stake, then a player, or caster, calls a main (a number from 5 to 9) and then throws two dice. If the player throws in, or nicks, they win the stake. The player currently rolling the dice is called the shooter and they continue rolling as long as they win. The first roll in each game is called the come out roll. The shooter wins if the come out roll is 7 or 11 and loses if they get Craps (2,3 or 12). If the player gets 4,5,6,8,9 or 10, they receive a point. If the player obtains the point again before 7 is rolled they win. If the player rolls a 7 before the point, they lose and the player to the left is handled the dice and becomes the next shooter.

Online Craps games have a little way to go yet, before it can simulate the craziness of a real casino. When playing online, it is very much the same as playing an on-land casino. There are many methods used to beat the game of online Craps but not a single one is capable of doing this in the long run. However, your long run Craps strategy will help improve your play, reducing the overall exposure to the house edge making it possible for your Craps strategy to work. Maybe they'll work for you or maybe they won't - it's gambling after all

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