Casinos Over The Years: How Gambling Evolved
The gambling industry has had quite an eventful past and history. The earliest evidence of gambling in the world dates back to 2300BC in ancient China with a lottery type of game, and the tiles used were discovered. More evidence suggests different forms of gambling across Europe. This article will tackle how gambling has evolved and learned how it had inspired many games people love today.
Origin of Casinos
It is believed that casinos originated from Italy and were referred to as “gambling houses.” The establishments appeared in the early 17th century and then started to branch out all over Europe and the US by the 19th century. Not everyone was allowed to enter the gambling houses as only the privileged were welcomed. They were also told how to dress, behave, and order dishes from the menu. The bets were high and were beneficial to the state.
The Evolution of Gambling
It is interesting to know where our favorite games came from and how they have changed. With all the different variations, themes, and technological improvements, let's go back in time! Here is a short timetable of the history of gambling:
2300BC – The earliest evidence of gambling found in China
C.500BC- Dicing games in the streets of Ancient Rome
C.800AD- Card games in China
The 1400s – Baccarat in Europe (Italy and France)
C.1600 – Blackjack’s roots from Europe
1638 – First Casinos in Italy
1796 – The Little Wheel in Paris
1829 – The Rise of Poker
1891 – First gambling machine in New York City
1910 – Gambling in Las Vegas
1994 – Casinos Online
2020 – Mobile Gambling
Given this, we can see how gambling has traveled across the world. Countries have put their spin on the beloved games, and it is probably with word of mouth, that helped the industry rise. Although, the history is vague, and it is difficult to pinpoint where each game originated from, and what inspired the creation of new games, it goes to show that gambling and its many forms have been around for long.
What the Future Holds
Technology is changing fast, and it seems like everything is going digital. At this point, we can only imagine what other improvements can be made. We predict that machines are going to be more advanced and interactive.
Casinos will most likely continue to operate in establishments and online, respectively. People still prefer the environment of casinos where they can socialize, eat, and have fun. On the other hand, people can now play their favorite games at the palm of their hands. We now have more options, and it looks like it is only the beginning.