Did you know that your great-grandfathers played craps on battleships during World War II in the Pacific? Craps is one of those games that is called a “man’s game” for tough people. The reason for this is because in the turbulent 40s through 60s old guys in cigar-filled rooms played craps to the point where it became hard to understand for outsiders, was seen as not for the refined, and took on sort of a cult status for men who where really tough and took nothing from nobody.
Craps became synonymous with the stereotypical tough guy: think, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando playing craps in “Guys and Dolls”, and you’ll have a good idea of the evolution of the game in America. In actuality, the origin of dice goes back to the Pharaoh’s court in Egypt, developed in England and France where wealthy aristocrats played what they called hazard and subsequently nicknamed crabs, a fast-paced game that you more than likely lost than won. Then, the French picked it up and pronounced crabs as creps.
It came to the New World and creps changed to the word craps. Today, Craps is all about the dice. Many people will look at a Craps table in the casino, and have no idea how the game is played. While they think its incredibly complex, it is actually quite simple. The game really does not even require a table.
That’s why there is so many old guys out there who play craps. Craps was the Baby Boomers game, and they never passed on the enthusiasm and excitement of the game so that by the 1990s craps had nearly disappeared under the onslaught of video poker and slots.
Now, Craps is making a comeback and gamblers out there interested in what their fathers, uncles and grandfathers knew. How to organize the bets and how all about “rolling the bones”. With a standard pair of dice, you will find that there are 36 combinations with a total of 11 numbers which are 2 to 12. From there, you can see all of the possible sequences, and if you keep it simple in your mind, when you go into the casino, you won’t be intimidated by the glitz.