Why is it Called Craps?

why is it called craps

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Last Updated: February 7, 2024

Craps is a popular dice game with simple rules that is available at many online and offline casinos. It is a  game where players bet on the outcomes of the dice roll. It is believed to have been invented by Sir William of Tyre during the crusades of 1125, and he named the game after a castle called “Hazarth” which was later changed to “Hazard.”

But why is it called craps? Here’s a quick history lesson:

The game became popular in French taverns in the 17th century because it did not need any special equipment. The street version of the game became popular in France, and it is believed that this is where the game picked up its new name, “craps.”

Craps was derived from the French word “Crapaud” which is a French word for “toad” the amphibian. This was because of the way players used to crunch or bend over when playing the street version of craps on the floor. 

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