There are interesting theories about evolution of craps through the years as early traces of this game have been found during Roman Empire. The game started when soldiers used to shape knuckles of pigs into cubes and toss them around on inverted shields as a pastime. This is how the game got its “roll the bones” nickname when it moved from Europe to United States. During the Middle Ages the game was played by Arabs as “Hazard” and was later adopted by French who made a few changes in the game and renamed it “crabs” in 1700. The game became a favourite of European aristocrats and was called a game of elite.
When the French lost Acadia to English in 1755 most of the locals shifted to Louisiana and changed the name of their favourite card games from crabes to crebs. Its popularity spread across United States due to usage of dice though its basic rules remained the same when it travelled via riverboats across Mississippi. During 1840’s the American English players made further modification to the name by calling it craps, which earned more names like crapsgame, crapshooter and so on. The game became a part of mainstream casino games during Second World War when soldiers played it for entertainment and time pass.
Evolution of modern crap tables
During 1907, John H. Winn made few changes to original game plan so player could either bet right or wrong depending on their choice. After improving its layout he brought in the concept of “Don’t Pass Bets” on the board. His version of the game is used till today with same layout and betting system across both online and land-based casinos. When craps was introduced online during 20th century, then it immediately the fancy of players from across the world due to fun associated with dice throwing.