Craps is largely believed to have evolved from an old English game known as Hazard, although it is generally known to have complex origins and traces its roots to the time of the Crusaders. During the following years, the original game was later influenced by games played by the French. The modern version, which took the closest semblance to the present-day game of craps, was introduced by a wealthy son of a Louisiana landowner, who was also a politician and a known gambler.

This closest derivative of the modern day craps had a major flaw as players were able to exploit and control the outcome of the game with the use of fixed dice as well as gaining undue advantage over the manner players place their bet for and against the thrower. It was about this time that John H. Winn revolutionized the game with the introduction of the betting option which is known today as the Don’t Pass bet. This major change finally resolved the major flaws of the game and this is the version of the game that closely resembles the present day craps game.

There are some sectors that trace the roots of craps to the ancient game known as Hazard, although such assertion remains to be unsubstantiated and ends up to be the favorite subject of debates in the present time. This old English game is believed to have been developed and introduced during the crusades by Sir William of Tyre and his legion of knights. This ancient game was the favorite pastime of the crusaders in 1125 AD, which was the time when the Asart or Hazarth castle was under siege by the crusaders. This is the main basis for the claim that the term “Hazard” was derived from the name of the castle.

However, there is another school of thought that claims that the term was actually derived from the Arabic word “azzah” or “al azar,” which is the literal translation of the term “the dice.” The direct implication of this assertion is the purported Arabic origins of the game of Hazard. This old English game was hugely popular and it was even mentioned for several instances in Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. It was also the top draw in most 17th century gambling houses in England and these were the sources of numerous tales of dramatic fortunes and misfortunes of noblemen and members of the higher classes.