The Background of Gambling

EARLIEST SIGNS OF GAMBLING

We go waaaay back to 2300 BC in Ancient China, where evidence was found of gambling. They used little round coins with squares cut out in the middle as a tool for a form of lottery. This form of gambling has been incredibly popular ever since and some of the most highly valued establishments have been built on lotteries, Harvard and Yale Universities are just a few worth a mention.

 

ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS

Around 500 BC is when gambling took off in both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, with the Europeans taking a liking to anything dice related. Ancient Rome banned all forms of gambling with8in the ancient city and imposed a hefty fine of four times the amount of the initial bet. Clever as that was, the Roman citizens outsmarted the government even at that time with the first invention of gambling chips. They argued, if caught by guards, that they were not gambling because they were not playing for money, but for chips instead. Clever, we must admit.

 

KEEPING YOU CARDS CLOSE TO YOUR CHEST

It has been widely accepted that the first form of playing cards came from China around the 9th Century and were believed to have little resemblance to the cards we use today. Some people believe that they were made out of paper and possibly used to play a form of dominos at the time.

 

CASINO BOUND

Now the only game that you will still see in modern day casinos is the game of Baccarat and is thought to have been established a0round the 1400s. This game which was insanely popularboth in Italy and France at the time has grown to be a worldwide hit because it draws so many high rollers to it.

 

FIRST SIGHTS OF CASINO

As early as the 17th Century is when we first saw signs of something resembling modern day casinos. This in fact occurred in Italy and presented a controlled gambling environment, during the carnival season. Later around the 19th Century casinos spread like wildfire all across Europe.

So there you have it folks, now you know where we saw the earliest signs of gambling and gaming. Although most of the ancient forms of gambling resemble nothing of that we are accustomed to today, you can see that the frame of thought was similar to ours even during modern times

 

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Post Author: Kelly Woodson