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Spirit Mountain Casino Presents: The History of Craps

October 31, 2013

But how did this gripping game come to be?

To learn the history of craps, first we must take a walk back through time. During the 12th century in the Middle East, a dice game called al-zahr began to take hold. When the English entered Jerusalem during the Crusades, they were intrigued by this complex and fast-paced game. They brought it back to Europe and called it hazard. The game’s popularity exploded almost immediately, dominating tables across the continent.

In the 18th century, a Frenchman traveled to modern-day New Orleans to explore the enigmatic New World. He brought hazard with him. It immediately took the region by storm, and was received with the same enthusiasm as in Europe. They even gave it a new name - craps - to differentiate it from the English version.

But the game had a flaw. Using fixed dice, players were able to manipulate each round to work in their favor. The solution came in the form of “Don’t Pass,” a betting option that is still featured in the game today.

The popularity of craps has never wavered since it first made its way to the United States. It stands out as one of the top casino games in the country thanks to its energetic style and rewarding results.

Head over to the best casino in Oregon to try your hand at this fast-paced and exhilarating game. Don’t exclude yourself if you’ve never played craps before; simply take a look at our Rules and Tips Guide and you’ll be a master in no time. If you have any lingering questions, feel free to check in with one of our dealers and they’ll be delighted to clarify anything for you.


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