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There are several theories on the history of Craps. One theory is that in ancient times rolling of bones was done to divine the will of the gods, and that evolved to various dice games (including Craps). For example, some fortune tellers in Cuba through sea shells and 'read' them.

Another take has the game evolving from an early Arab game passed through England, France and North America.Even before the Middle Ages, the Arabs played a game using little numbered cubes, called azzahr (meaning "the die"). The game showed up across the Mediterranean in France, where it was renamed hasard, then jumped to England some time before the 1500s 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 adopted that term from the English, but the French spelling was crabes. In the early 1700s, the game crossed the Atlantic to the French colony of Acadia (Canada).

In 1755, the French lost Acadia to the English who promptly renamed it Nova Scotia and banished the French-speaking Acadians, who migrated a great distance and finally relocated to Louisiana, where they were called (as they still are) Cajuns. There they 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, which was their modified spelling of the French crabes .

By 1843, the Cajun word came into American English as craps. People were apparently careful for a while not to omit the final 's' for fear of confusion with a slang term having a totally different meaning, but that's another story .

However all historians seem to agree on one point, Craps was brought over to North America from Europe in the early 1700's. The game was first played on riverboats in the United States and then moved west with the frontier as the country grew.

In general there are two types of Craps games played today: "Street Craps" and "Bank Craps". Street Craps is the variety you would find being played in informal settings. The betting is simplified, and someone must cover the bet in order for the game to progress. Bank Craps on the other hand is the form played in land based and online casinos. The betting is more complicated and the house covers the bets (banks the game) so the players are in effect playing against the house.

Online craps represents a new paradigm in gaming, and provides some interesting possibilities for players in general. The same rules apply for online craps though, and playing smart bets over dumb ones is something that will never change. Although, online Craps does lend itself to a more serene playing environment where the player can relax and in theory, make better betting decisions. To try online Craps, test your strategy with out free online Craps game.

Craps School Lessons
Lesson 1: Craps History
How this infamous game started and how did it labelled 'Craps' anyways?
Lesson 2: Online Craps
Just a little different from the original, but is it better?
Lesson 3: Craps Rules
We teach the basics to paying this exciting table game.
Lesson 4: Craps Tips
The basic things to keep in mind for playing smart.
Lesson 5: Craps Playing Strategies
It's all in how the dice fall... Or is it?
Lesson 6: Online Craps Strategies
Specific strategies you can use online.
Lesson 7: Craps Betting Systems
Learn how to bet smart.
Lesson 8: Craps Vocabulary
Learn how to talk like a High Roller.
Lesson 9: The Craps Table
Its important to learn all the sections of the table, so here they are detailed for you.
Lesson 10: Craps Hands
Want to learn what 'snake eyes' is? And all the rest of the hands.
Lesson 11: Craps Betting
Each specific bet, it name and what it consist of.
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