From its humble origins to the multi-billion dollar industry it has become today, the history of casino games is an enthralling one.
Hell, cavemen probably put rocks, wheels, and hammers down on bets during their era!
Today, gambling has grown into something not even the cavemen could have foreseen. We now have opportunity to win or lose millions in a split second through gambling. What a time to be alive!
Here’s a little gambling and casino history for you, enjoy!
The Origin of the Casino
The Italian word “casino,” which means “little house,” was originally a term coined to define a villa or summerhouse used for entertainment. But, as all things evolve, during the 19th century, it shifted to include larger facilities where gambling and sports – and gambling on sports – took place. The ancient history of casino games is as captivating as it is enlightening.
Gambling in Ancient History
Gambling has been around for centuries, starting around the year 2300 BC, in ancient China. Also, old writings show signs of gambling were found inside one of the pyramids in Egypt. Nearly every ancient culture loved to gamble in one form or another. The Romans – regarded as hardcore gamblers – would bet on Gladiator fights while the Greeks were known for betting on the Olympic Games. (I wonder if they would have taken the odds on Michael Phelps’ record run of eight gold medals in 2008). Let’s not forget one of the oldest, most dangerous types of gambling, dueling. When you have some time, look up some history about the man on the $10 bill.
Different Types of Casino Games
Obviously, casino gambling has evolved over the years and the creation of a variety of different games has quickly sprung up. Gambling epicenters such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Monte Carlo draw millions of people in every month with the temptations of winning jackpots in thrilling games of chance.
Three main categories headline casino games: table games, gaming machines, and random number games. Table games include the use of cards and dice, such as Blackjack or Craps. Gaming machines are the simpler slot machines and video poker, which can be easier to play with less distractions and not as many eyes on you. Random number games refer to games such as Roulette or Keno, featuring bets placed on your choice of numbers.
The History of Online Casinos
Technological advances have affected every American industry – whether for better or worse – and the gaming industry is no different. The desire for more advanced entertainment has found its way in the form of online casinos. The Internet’s version of a casino offers the player the opportunity to play casino games from the comfort of their own home at a leisurely, relaxed pace. In 1994, the Caribbean Islands of Antigua & Barbuda passed the Free Trade and Processing Zone Act to make the possibility of virtual casino games a reality. The act created an avenue to allow these islands to act as a jurisdiction for the issuing of gambling licenses.
Eventually, the virtual doors of the first online casino were opened in 1996, and with the increase of technology across all formats, the popularity of online gaming has skyrocketed. The implementation of online casinos has developed an even more unique way to celebrate one of the most entertaining pastimes: gambling.