Origins of a True Casino Classic
Craps is one of the most iconic games you will find at any casino. It's big, brash, raucous and a riot to play. To play it, you need at least four dealers and at the least a craps table.
Skara Brae and Shahr-e Sukhteh were settlements in the Orkney Islands and the city of Burnt City in Iran. Both were occupied from 3180 BC to 2500 BC. The ancient dice found at both places were cube shaped.
There are many dice games that have a long history. The closest relative to craps is Hazard. in ancient Indian Vedas and Sanskrit epics, it was played by Buddha and in China, playing cards evolved from dice.
Hazard has been around since at least the 14 century. Chaucer mentions it in the Canterbury Tales. The rules are similar to craps. There is a caster who rolls continuously until he or she loses three times in succession.
Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville introduced the game of Hazard to New Orleans in around 1805. John H Winn is considered to be the father of modern-day craps. Patricia Demauro beat odds of 1.56 trillion to 1 by rolling dice 154 times without hitting a seven at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.