Crapping Out

What is ‘Crapping Out’?

Crapping out – more commonly known as crap out or just plain crap – occurs in a game of craps when the shooter (the person that throws the dice) loses his turn by throwing a dice that add up to 2, 3, or 12. The dice is then passed on to the player on the shooter’s left. The shooter only loses his turn during the second point phase. If he throws a crap during the initial come-out roll, he, and the players that bet in favor of him, lose.

‘Crapping Out’ Explained

Crapping out may sound rude in modern English – and actually in old English too – but apparently it gets its name from the French. Some claim it is a variation on the French name for the game, Crabs, that was brought to New Orleans by French sailors as early as the 18th century (craps is the Cajun pronunciation) Others say it derives from the French word for toad, ‘crapaud’, because in the original street Craps, players would squat on the ground like toads while throwing the dice against a curb or a wall. Street Craps has slightly different rules in terms of crapping out. Unlike bank Craps, street Craps does not have a point phase. The shooter keeps rolling until he craps out.

Bank craps – the form of Craps played in the casinos – was developed by John H. Winn in 1931. The casinos had always had the game around in some form, but Winn revolutionized it by making it possible for players to bet for and against the shooter.

Dice games go back to Egyptian times, but most people agree that the game of Craps we know today is a simplified version of the old English dice of Hazard. In Hazard, a player didn’t crap out – he threw out by rolling a two or a three.

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