History of Gambling

Gambling is one of the best entertainments for people nowadays. With the huge variety of games and casino evolution, people can enjoy themselves playing the games of luck and skill. But how did these games appear? What is the history of gambling?

Back to gambling origin

Although the exact date of gambling birth is unknown, the history of gambling can be recorded by the examples of ancient gaming practices.

People who like to play roulette online and slots online, love playing these games as it's the luck element that makes these games popular throughout the world. Even ancient spelaean people were actually playing games of chance.

  • Objects like dice made from bones of dog or sheep were found in the caves. These dices are considered to be around 40 000 years old. Another pair of dices, the example of early gambling, was found in the Pompeii ruins.
  • In around 2030 BC Chinese invented their game of chance where they used tiles. 1100 years later Greek soldiers were also enjoying gambling by using dices. Another 1500 years old ivory dices were found in Egypt.
  • Ancient Romans were keen on gambling and throwing dices was the favorite pastime for Claudius. Moreover, children in Roman Empire had to be taught to throw dices.
  • In the 14th century, King Henry VIII put prohibition law on gambling in England, as his soldiers had spent more time gaming than practicing the battle skills.
  • Native Americans had been catching up with Europeans as they were known to throw plum dices painted white and black to wager possessions. In the New World the dices were not only as attributes for gaming, they were used to predict the future.
  • The 18th century brought to America the popularity of lotteries, another game of chance. The states didn't forbid this kind of gambling and soon lotteries were offering many interesting prizes, moreover, they had become the popular method for rising funds.
  • In addition to lotteries and dices, in 19th century card games were introduced in Cincinnati in so called "10 Percent Houses" or "Wolf-Traps", these houses were good place for card cheaters and Cincinnati was known as a birthplace of card cheating.
  • The late 19th century brought prohibition to the American gaming, and this caused the appearance of the underground gambling world. That was not for long, as in 1930's the betting on horse racing became popular and some American states legalized gambling in general, Nevada and Atlantic City were the first states to make different forms of gaming legal.

Modern gambling

Modern gaming industry is prospering as there are no strict prohibition laws and people can easily play in a big variety of casino games in land casinos, online casino or live dealer online casinos.