Learn to Play Craps - Tips and Strategies: Etiquette and Superstitions
By William Enslen Jr
Unfortunately, a craps table is usually full of superstitious people. If you do or say something against their silly beliefs, they sometimes give you dirty looks or verbally abuse you. To help avoid embarrassment, ridicule, and possible vocal confrontations with these people, learn their superstitions and practice craps etiquette. I know it's foolish to play along with people's crazy superstitions, but you'll have much more fun at the table if you do.
Practicing good etiquette includes remembering to be nice to the dealers. Don't annoy them by throwing chips at them, knocking over their chip stacks, or blaming them for your losses. If you tee off the dealers, how can you maximize your fun? Besides, it just isn't nice. Your friendly attitude will be infectious, soon making the whole table more fun. (Sounds like a good time for group hug and round of Kumbaya.)
Regardless of what so-called "dice doctors" and "craps kings" write on their web sites, there's no such thing as a "sane" craps superstition. One superstition isn't more or less sound than another. They're all the same--silly. But you must heed them or the idiots at the table who actually believe in them can make your time at the table miserable.
Respecting many of the idiots' superstitions has matured into traditional protocol at the craps table. Therefore, you must know and understand them. That's another prerequisite to learning the secret to craps.
Now you know!
The History of Craps: Dice and dice games date back to the Crusades, but modern craps is only about 100 years old. Modern craps evolved from the ancient English game called Hazard. No one knows for sure the origin of the game, but Hazard is said to have been created by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre, in the 12th century. It's believed that Sir William's knights played Hazard during a siege on the castle Hazarth in 1125 AD. The name Hazard was derived from the castle's name.
Early French settlers brought the game Hazard to Canada (the colony of Acadia, which is Nova Scotia today). In the 1700s, when displaced by the British, the French moved south and found refuge in southern Louisiana where they eventually became Cajuns. When they left Acadia, they took their favorite game, Hazard, with them. The Cajuns simplified the game and made it more mathematically fair. It's said that the Cajuns changed the name to craps, which was derived from the name of the losing throw of 2 in the game of Hazard, known as "crabs."
From Louisiana, the game extended to the Mississippi riverboats and across the country. Many consider the dice maker John H. Winn as the father of modern craps. In 1907, Winn created the modern craps layout. He added the Don't Pass line so players could bet on the dice to lose. Later, he created the boxes for Place bets and added the Big 6, Big 8, and Hardways.
About the Author
Bill Enslen is a reliability engineer who routinely works with statistics. Having played and analyzed the game for 25 years, he has compiled his winning secrets in a new eBook, which you can sample at http://www.learnthesecrettocraps.com/
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