A Brief History Of Craps
Young Louisiana gambler Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville brought a dice game called hazard back from London in 1805. In hazard, a die shooter could choose any number from five to nine, and that number became the main number. But de Marigny simplified the game by making seven the main number.
Philippe de Marigny’s wealthy friends didn’t like hazard, even though playing hazard dates back to the time of the Crusaders. But field hands and deckhands on the Mississippi got into playing hazard. Hazard got Americanized by 19th-century river travelers. The Americanized version of the game became what gamblers call craps today.
But craps didn’t catch on in the United States until World War II. Servicemen from all social classes played the game. Craps developed a following in the 1940s, and it was one of the games that made Las Vegas famous in the city’s early years.
Casinos in other parts of the world got into the game in 1960, and in 2004 the game went online. Parx Casino, in Bensalem Pennsylvania, as well as other casinos in the state, offer online craps, so the term “Pennsylvania Craps” became a thing in craps lingo.
Craps Has Its Own Language
American serviceman helped develop the names crapshooters used to identify the numbers that appear after a roll. Rolling the number two became “snake eyes,” and rolling a three was “three craps three.” Rolling a hard four was “Little Joe from Kokomo,” and five got the name “no field five” in casinos where five doesn’t get paid in field bets. Six became “Jimmie Hicks,” and a seven roll of a six and a one became “up pops the Devil.”
An eight roll can be an “easy eight” or “mom and dad” depending on the numbers on the dice. And a roll of nine became “centerfield nine” in casinos where nine is one of the field rolls. And a 10 roll became “a hard ten” But a roll of two 5’s got the name “puppy paws.” An 11 roll became “six five no jive,” and a roll of 12 earned the name “boxcars from the young gamblers who like to play the street version of craps.
Rules Of Pennsylvania Craps
The rules of Pennsylvania craps at Parx Casino are the same as the rules in other casino crap games. The most popular bet in craps is the pass line bet. If the come-out roll is a 7, or an 11, the pass line bet wins. If the come-out roll is a 2, 3, or 12, the shooter “craps out.”
If the come-out roll is any other number, that number becomes “the point.” If the shooter rolls the point number before a 7, the bet wins. And if the shooter rolls a seven before the point, the bet loses. The pass line bet pays even money.
A don’t pass bet is a bet against the shooter. If the shooters come-out roll is a 2 or a 3, the shooter wins. If the come-out roll is a 7 or an 11, the shooter loses. And if the come-out roll is a 12, it’s a push. A push is not a win or a loss.
If the come-out roll is any other number, that number becomes the point. Odds are in favor of the house in most bets, but not by much. The house edge is just 1.41% on a pass line, and the don’t pass line bet has the same odds. The 1.41% number means the casino wins $1.41 for every $100 bet. Gamblers claim the only game with better odds is Roulette.
Seasoned crap players like to play the “odds bet” which gives the casino no edge. The odds bet happens when come-out roll lands on a number. Players can add more to their bets without giving the casino the edge.
Playing Online Pennsylvania Craps Is The New Normal
Online Pennsylvania craps like other Parx Casino games offer gamblers a chance to win big. Parx Casino is the number one gambling establishment in Pennsylvania. The casino offers thoroughbred racing, state-of-the-art gaming, live entertainment, and a plethora of exciting events and promotions.
One of the perks of playing Pennsylvania craps using Parx Casino’s online venue is the chance to win without being at the casino. Playing craps online is the future, according to craps aficionados. Social distancing and avoiding crowds is the new normal. Playing craps online keeps players safe. Plus, it gives players non-stop access to the game.