Why Is It Called Craps?

Craps is an American invention, but it’s a variation of a game based elsewhere. There are a few theories about how Craps got its name. So, why is the most social game in the casino called craps?

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Why Is It Called Craps?

First, a foundation to build on.

why is the most social game in the casino called craps

When the French settled in Acadia, Canada, they brought the game of Hazard with them. But unfortunately, France then lost control of Acadia, which became an English colony under Nova Scotia. So In the mid-1700s, many of the French re-settled their bones in New Orleans the hard way. You see, without trains, boxcars were unavailable.

The English pushed the French out of the territory that landed in Louisiana. The French-American culture that evolved was French Creole. Since then, New Orleans has always kept a French influence. Hazard pressed into popularity thanks to all the gaming parlors in the area.

Theory #1

In Hazard, players call “snake eyes” “crabs,” which turned into craps over time.

why is the most social game in the casino called craps
Snake-Eyes

By the early 1800s, players used more simplified rules. When riverboats filled with gamblers hopped up the Mississippi, craps caught on with the rest of the country.

Theory #2

Back in France, Hazard played in the streets. Players would come out and hunch over street corners on the ground, rolling dice and placing bets. This led to people describing it as” crapaud,” a French word meaning a toad. On-lookers called them “toads” because they hunched over during play.

why is the most social game in the casino called craps
” crapaud” is a French word meaning a toad.

Because of the French influence on places like New Orleans, the game eventually made its way to the rest of the USA, from” crapaud” to craps.

Theory #3

Remember, French culture was a dominant influence in New Orleans. The French Creoles in Louisiana also called the game of crabs “crebs” or “creps” in Cajun’s hybrid dialect.

Summary

Yo, Craps is a variation of Hazard. Whether it’s called crabs, crebs, creps, or craps, it’s still the most exciting game on the casino floor.

why is the most social game in the casino called craps

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2 comments

  1. That’s a great reminder. I’ll figure out how to add it. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, either at work or home.

  2. Nobody in the casino industry calls it craps, they call it Dice. You’re on dice, the dice table, the dice pit, etc.

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