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Craps History


Professor of History Ron Fowler claims craps came from a game called Hazard, which was played in the Middle Ages. If this game was indeed the predecessor to craps, the name craps most likely came from the English word crabs, or from the French Crapeaud (for toad).

Another possible origin of craps dates back to the time of the Roman Empire, when pig knuckles, collected from butchered animals, were used as primitive dice by the Roman legions. The men would turn their shields upside down and throw the knuckles into them, and essentially bet on the outcome.

Other scholars suggest that Craps actually date back to before the Middle Ages, when Arabs played "Azzahr", which was a game that used several small numbered cubes. According to records, this Arabian game made appearances across the Mediterranean, and eventually moved into France. It is in France where the game was renamed to Hazard, so called because explorers in the middle east described it as a hazardous place to travel. After its renaming, Hazard migrated to England some time before 1500 AD, where it seems clear that getting the lowest roll in the game was called getting "crabs". Before spreading to the French colony of Acadia In the early 1700's, the game was renamed crabes, to reflect its French origin.

The region was renamed Nova Scotia when it was eventually lost to the English. After being ousted from their colony the French people roamed the land for about a decade, eventually coming to settle in what is now known as Louisiana. Called Cajuns, these French speaking people were isolated and cut off from their homeland and had to invent their own culture in this new land. Their beloved dice game was still played often, but in this new medley of English and French speakers the title of hazard was dropped and was called crebs or creps, which was their spelling of the French crabes. By 1843, the Cajun word "Craps" spread through America.

Despite all the controversy, we can say with certainty that Craps definitely came to America from Europe. Throughout the 1900's it took many forms, including street craps, where craps would be played by gangs of people on the street for petty change. There was also Bank Craps which was very popular in the casinos. The game was played against the dealer, and it was heralded as one of the most entertaining games to play.

Today Craps is an incredibly involved game. Although it really is a game of chance, craps has an incredible number of betting options which makes the game much bigger then the sum of its parts. At Caribbean Gold Casino, the advanced software that drives the game has been expertly designed to reproduce the exact effect of tossing two dice, making Caribbean Gold casino one of the most authentic and exciting places to play craps online.


How to play Caribbean Gold Craps

Craps is the classic casino dice game that offers more betting options than just about any game you can play. Essentially, however, you are simply betting on the result of a given roll of the virtual dice.

The object of craps is to correctly guess what number the dice will roll, each time a roll is made.


Don't Pass Bets

The wager is placed on the DON'T PASS BAR field. A wager on the DON'T PASS BAR wins if the COME OUT ROLL of the dice is a 2 or 3 and loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled first. If you roll a 12, it is considered a tie and play continues.

If the COME OUT roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the POINT is established. To win the bet, you must roll a 7 before the POINT is repeated. If you repeat the POINT before a 7 is rolled the DON'T PASS LINE bet loses.

Once the POINT is established, the bet may not be removed or changed.


Online Craps Rules

You are betting on the number the next roll of the dice will display or won't display. There are numerous betting options available but you only need to understand a few of them to play the game, have fun and win.


Come Bets

COME bets are made after the POINT has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as the PASS LINE bet.

The wager is placed on the COME field. A wager on the COME field wins if the dice throw - immediately following the placement of the bet - is a 7 or 11 and loses if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled.

If the roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the COME POINT is established. To win the bet, you must repeat the COME POINT before a 7 is rolled. If you roll a 7 before the COME POINT is repeated, the COME bet loses.

Once the COME POINT is established, the bet may not be removed or changed.


Pass Line Bet

The wager is placed on the PASS LINE field. A wager on the PASS LINE wins if the COME OUT ROLL is a 7 or 11 and loses if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled first.

If the COME OUT roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the POINT is established. To win the bet, you must repeat the POINT before a 7 is rolled. If you roll a 7 before the POINT is repeated, the PASS LINE bet loses.

Once the POINT is established, the bet may not be removed or changed.


Place Bets

Place bets are made on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 only.


Big 8 Bet

The wager is placed on the Big 8 field. To win the bet you must roll an 8 before a 7 is rolled. If a 7 is rolled before an 8 is rolled the bet loses.


Place Bet to Win

The wager is placed on the WIN field below the number. To win the bet, you must roll the place number before a 7 is rolled; otherwise the bet loses.

The bet may be placed or removed at any time.


Free Odds Bets

Free Odds bets are placed on the point or come point only.


Big 6 Bet

The wager is placed on the Big 6 field. To win the bet, you must roll a 6 before a 7 is rolled. If a 7 is rolled before a 6 is rolled the bet loses.

The wager may be placed or removed at any time.


One Roll Bets

All one roll bets participate only in the roll immediately following the placement of the bet.


Don't Come Bets

DON'T COME bets are made after the POINT has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as the DON'T PASS LINE bet.


The wager is placed on the DON'T COME BAR field. A wager on the DON'T COME BAR field wins if the dice throw - immediately following the placement of the bet - is a 2 or 3 and loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled. If you roll a 12, it is considered a tie and play continues.

If the roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the COME POINT is established. To win the bet, you must roll a 7 before the COME POINT is repeated. If you repeat the COME POINT before a 7 is rolled the DON'T COME bet loses

Once the COME POINT is established, the bet may not be removed or changed.


Free Odds after Pass Line Bet

The FREE ODDS stake is equal to your original PASS LINE stake and can only be made after the POINT has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as the PASS LINE bet.

The wager is placed beside your PASS LINE stake. If the PASS LINE bet wins, the original PASS LINE bet and the FREE ODDS bet are paid.

The wager may be placed any time after the POINT has been established and can be removed at any time.


Place Bet to Lose

The wager is placed on the LOSE field above the number. To win the bet, you must roll a 7 before the place number is rolled; otherwise the bet loses.


Free Odds after a Come Bet

The FREE ODDS stake is equal to your original COME stake and can only be made after the POINT has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as the COME bet.


Free Odds after the Don't Pass Line Bet

The FREE ODDS stake is equal to your original DON'T PASS stake and can only be made after the POINT has been established. The rules for this bet are the same as the DON'T PASS bet.

The wager is placed beside your DON'T PASS stake. If the DON'T PASS bet wins, the original DON'T PASS bet and the FREE ODDS bet are paid.

The wager may be placed any time after the POINT has been established and can be removed at any time.

The wager is placed beside your COME stake. If the COME bet wins, the original COME bet and the FREE ODDS bet are paid.

The wager may be placed any time after the COME POINT has been established and can be removed at any time.


Hard Way Bets

This bet can be made on a 4, 6, 8 or 10.


Free Odds after a Don't Come Bet

The FREE ODDS stake can be up to your original DON'T COME stake. The rules for this bet are the same as the DON'T COME bet.

The wager is placed beside your DON'T COME stake. If the COME bet wins, the original COME bet and the FREE ODDS bet are paid.

The wager may be placed any time after the COME POINT has been established and can be removed at any time.

The wager is placed on the dice image fields just below the Any Seven field. To win the bet, you must roll the specified number as a double - the hardway - before rolling a 7 or rolling the number as a non-double - the easyway; otherwise the bet loses.

The wager may be placed or removed at any time.


There are 9 types of one-roll bets:

  1. Field Bet: is placed on the FIELD field. The bet wins if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 is rolled and loses if a 5, 6, 8 or 7 is rolled.
  2. Any Craps: is placed on the ANY CRAPS field. The bet wins if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled and loses if 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 7 is rolled.
  3. Any 7: is placed on the ANY 7 field. The bet wins if a 7 is rolled and loses if 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 is rolled.
  4. Craps 3 Bet: is placed on the DICE IMAGE field totaling 3. The bet wins if a 3 is rolled and loses if 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 7 is rolled.
  5. Eleven Bet: is placed on the DICE IMAGE field totaling 11. The bet wins if an 11 is rolled and loses if 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 or 7 is rolled.
  6. Craps 2 Bet: is placed on the DICE IMAGE field totaling 2. The bet wins if a 2 is rolled and loses if 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 7 is rolled.
  7. Craps 12 Bet: is placed on the DICE IMAGE field totaling 12. The bet wins if a 12 is rolled and loses if 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 7 is rolled.
  8. Horn Bet: is placed on the EC IMAGE field. The game will move your bet to the double sixes and the eleven DICE IMAGE field. The bet wins if a 12 or 11 is rolled and loses if 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 7 is rolled.

Words of Wisdom

By Grant Jones

Everybody knows the legendary number of betting options available in the game of craps. If one wanted they could spend a whole year studying the various possible bets and applying the different odds to them. But contrary to what some of the so called experts may say, you really don't need to know every betting option in order to have a good time playing craps. You can have perfectly fun and profitable game just playing craps with three or four different wagers. As you continue to get more and more familiar with the game, all you have to do is slowly introduce yourself to more wagers. It might take you a while, but eventually you will find a use for every bet there is, but the good thing about it is you didn't get too caught up in playing the perfect game of craps. What matters is having a good time, and the best way to do that is to take your time and learn the game at your own pace.


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