History of Craps


Like most games of chance that have ancient origins, even the game of Craps has a unique history and clearly defined.


There are two main theories about the birth, development and dissemination of this ancient game:


Richard Epstein’s theory;

the theory of Geoffrey W. Dibben;

the theory of the Roman Empire


Theory of Richard Epstein


According to this theory the game of Craps has its origins in medieval times in that period was in fact invented a game called Venture, which is the predecessor of the dice. The origin of the name is quite confusing: this game is in English called “Crabs” (= crabs crab), but may also derive from the French “Crapeaud” (crapeaud = frog).

The game would still geographical origin in Europe, and from there it would then spread to the United States.



History of Craps

Theory of Geoffrey W. Dibben


According to this theory the game would have its origin instead in a previous era to the Middle Ages, and outside of the area that now forms part of Europe: the Arabs it passed the time playing with small numbered cubes called “azzahr” (azzahr nuts =) .

Through numeriose historical events, this game came first in France (where he was called Hasard), then in England in the mid-1500 (where he acquired the name Hazard), here was also coined the term “Crabs”, which was attributed to the value the lowest of the nut.

Later, around 1700 this game surpassed the ocean, spreading the French colony in North America (now Canada)


Theory of Roman



According to this theory the game of Craps has its origins in the era of the Roman Empire. Here the soldiers were using pork bones processed in the shape of a cube as a hobby.