Gambling

Why is a Game of Dice Called "Craps"?

George Carlin

George Carlin once jokes that “they restricted me from the online casino in Vegas for saying
sh*t, when the major event played there is called ‘craps.'” How did the mainstream dice game
get its somewhat unpalatable name?

While craps is a particularly American creation, it depends on a British bones-game considered
Hazard that picked up notoriety somewhere in the range of 2000 years back. (Peril is even
referenced by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales.)


When the French settled in what is presently Nova Scotia, Canada, they carried the round of
Hazard with them. In the mid-1700s, a large number of the French re-settled in New Orleans,
where Hazard picked up ubiquity on account of all the gaming parlors in the region.

The move we presently call “snake eyes” was alluded to as “crabs” in the dialect of Hazard, and
it is accepted that after some time, “crabs” transformed into “craps.”

By the mid-1800s, the standards of the game had been improved from those of the occasionally
tangled British rendition, and when riverboats topped with card sharks began taking off the
Mississippi, craps got on with the remainder of the nation.