When people get together, there’s a good chance they’ll play some kind of game. It doesn’t matter how far back in time you go, there’s a good chance gambling was going to happen. Now, we’re not going to try to keep track of every single twist and turn in the history of gambling in this article. Instead, we’re going to pick out some of the most important dates to serve as milestones on the way to today’s gambling.
2300 BC The Earliest Evidence of Gambling
Some people think that people have been betting since the beginning of time. The earliest concrete evidence comes from Ancient China, where tiles that looked like they were used in a simple game of chance were found. Book of Songs: It says that “wood was drawn,” which suggests that the tiles may have been used in a lottery-like type game. The Great Wall of China may have been built with the help of keno slips that were used in about 200 BC as a way to raise money for government projects. Lotteries have been used for civic purposes for a long time. Harvard and Yale were both built with money from the lottery, and they still do so today.
c.500 BC Cutting with the law in Ancient Rome
Sophocles, a Greek poet, said that dice were invented by a mythical hero during the siege of Troy. Even though this may not be true, his writings around 500bc were the first time dice were mentioned in Greek history. Because a pair of dice were found in an Egyptian tomb dating back to 3000BC, we know that dice were around long before this. But what is certain is that the Ancient Greeks and Romans were big gamblers. All forms of gambling, even dice games, were banned in the ancient city of Rome. If you were caught, you would get a punishment worth four times the amount of money you bet. As a result, clever Romans came up with the first gambling chips. If they were caught by the guards, they could say that they were only playing for chips and not real money. As a side note, this trick won’t work in Vegas.
c.800ad Playing your Cards Right in China
They say that the first cards came to China in about the 9th century, but we don’t know how they were used in any of the games they were used for. Some say that the cards were both the game and the stake, like trading card games played by kids today. Other sources say that the first packs of cards were paper versions of Chinese dominoes, like the ones that kids play today. Indeed, the cards used at this time were very different from the 52 card decks we use today.
1400s Baccarat in Italy and France
Among the games still played in casinos today is baccarat, which is a two-player card game. It was first mentioned in the 1400s, when it moved from Italy to France. It took a long time and a lot of changes to get to the game we know today, even though it was made a long time ago. The standard version of the game that is played in casinos all over the world came from Cuba, through Britain, and to the United States, with a few changes to the rules along the way. The game of baccarat is actually more of a spectator sport than a game because it is so popular with high-rolling gamblers. Most casinos have it because it is so popular with gamblers.
c.1600 Blackjack has been around for a long time: through the ages
If you look at a book that was written by the author of Don Quixote in 1601 and there are some games called ventiuna (21) in there, some people think that blackjack came from these games. Maybe the game trente-un (31) from 1570. Even fifteen (15) from France a long time ago? As with all of these origin stories, the people who came up with games of chance didn’t get much attention in the history books. One thing is for sure: The game of vingt-et-un played by French people in the seventeenth century is the direct ancestor of today’s game. This game came to America along with the first French people who came to the US from France. An American named it “blackjack,” and it had to do with special deals at Nevada casinos in the 1930s. If the player won with a black Jack of Clubs or Spades and an Ace of Spades, 10 to 1 odds were paid out. This was done to get more people to come to the game. They didn’t last long, but the name is still used today.
1638 First Casinos in Italy
The first gambling houses that could be compared to casinos were built in Italy in the early 1600s. For example, in 1638, the Ridotto was built in Venice to keep gambling under control during the annual carnival season, which was full of chaos. There were a lot of casinos all over continental Europe in the 19th century. At the same time, in the United States, there were a lot of more informal gambling places. In fact, steamboats taking wealthy farmers and traders up and down the Mississippi were the setting for a lot of gambling in the United States. The Las Vegas Strip, which was built in the ashes of the Great Depression in the U.S., is what we think of when we think of casinos now.
1796 In Paris, the Little Wheel
As we know it today, Roulette was first played in Paris, where players would have been familiar with the wheel we now call the American Roulette wheel. There were a lot of different types of roulette for 50 years before the “European” version came out with just one green zero. Roulette players can be thankful for that. This spread across Europe and most of the world when the famous Monte Carlo casino started using the single zero version of roulette. The Americans, on the other hand, kept using the double zero wheels that had been around for a while.
1829 Bust to Boom: POKER!
It’s hard to say for sure where poker came from, but like many of the games here, it seems to have grown organically over many years or even centuries from many different card games. In some places, poker’s roots can be traced back to the 17th century. In other places, the game we know today was inspired by a French game called Poque. What we do know for sure is that an English actor named Joseph Crowell said that a form of poker was being played in New Orleans in 1829. That’s as good a date as any for the birth of poker. The game’s popularity didn’t grow very quickly until the 1970s, when world poker tournaments started to be held in Las Vegas, where they were played. However, poker really took off when online poker and televised events made it possible for people to see the hands of the players. In 2003, Chris Moneymaker, an amateur poker player, qualified for and won the world poker championship by playing online. This made everyone think that they could be online poker millionaires like Moneymaker.
1891 One Armed Bandits Appear in New York
A machine made by Messrs. Sittman and Pitt in New York was the first one that looked like a slot machine. It used 52 cards on drum reels to make a kind of poker game. Charles Fey came up with the Liberty Bell machine at the same time. This machine was a lot more practical because it was easier to figure out how much you won and when. It also marked the start of the real slot game revolution. The fact that some new video slot games still have bell symbols shows that this was a very early idea. This is why some of them still have them. As time went on, the machines started to give out money, not cigars and gum. When the first video slot machine was made in 1976, this set the stage for the online video slots that came after.
1910. Gambling in the US: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Before any Europeans came to the United States, there was a lot of ups and downs in their relationship with gambling. Puritan groups of settlers didn’t allow gambling in their new settlements, but those who came from England had a more relaxed view of gambling and were more than happy to let it happen. Public pressure led to a nationwide ban on gambling in 1910 because people didn’t like the idea of gambling. As with alcohol prohibition in the same time period, this proved to be difficult to enforce, and gambling went on in a more or less discreet way. It was because of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression that happened in the early 1930s that gambling was made legal again. For a lot of people, this was the only way to get out of the grinding poverty that they had to deal with. Even though gambling is legal in a lot of places in the United States today, online gambling is still a gray area. Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the places where gambling is legal. If you live in the United States, you can’t play at many international online casinos. This isn’t going to change soon, though.
1994 Gambling has reached a new level
Microgaming is one of the biggest makers of casino and slot games in the world today, and they are also thought to be the first people to start making them over the internet. Virtual casinos first came into the world in 1994, which in internet time means that it was around 2300 BC! In just five years, online gaming was worth more than a billion dollars, and now it’s a multi-billion-dollar business with more than a thousand online casinos and more coming. The first live dealer casinos came out in 2003, thanks to Playtech. This brought us closer to a hybrid between real casinos and the virtual world.
2022 People are now able to play games on their cell phones
Since New Jersey made online gambling legal in 2011, there has been a big rise in the number of people who want to try it out. When it comes to gambling, the United States has seen a move to make it legal in each state as well as the rapid rise in mobile gambling. Internet users around the world are moving away from their desktops and toward their phones and tablets. They want to be able to play their favorite games while they are on the go, too. Some of the best gambling sites out there have seen a need and are meeting it. With a lot of great mobile-friendly online gambling sites taking the world by storm, it’s safe to say that desktops are getting left behind in favor of more mobile options.
…The Future What Comes Next?
It’s just as hard to predict the future of gambling as it is to find out some of the history of the games we play today, like dice and cards. Much of the attention right now is on the mobile gaming market, with online casinos scrambling to make more of their content work with the newest phones and tablets. In the future, you can be sure that virtual reality technology will be used to make money. How would you like to play poker with your friends from all over the world, share a few jokes, and try to tell if you can spot a tell-tale facial tick? All from the comfort of your own home! VR Headsets can make it happen, but not right now. If technology keeps getting better, it could happen in a few years if VR Headsets keep getting better.
After that? There is no way to say for sure, but when it comes to gambling, anything can happen.