History of Gambling

Gambling has very rich history that involves interesting facts about most casino games among which craps game is probably the oldest one. It is considered that gambling existed from the beginning of man. Three ancient gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades had to throw the dice in order to divide the whole Universe into three parts: hell, sea and heaven.

Various archeological evidences claim that gambling was known among cavemen. The scientists revealed the dice of bones which dates back about 40,000 years. What is more, some of the cave drawings also represent people throwing the dice and playing other games. In general, dice are the oldest playing tools which are used these days in classic games.

The game with dice was created by Chinese in 2300 B.C. which then reached Greece. It is known that gambling was illegal at those times, despite the fact people continued to throw the dice. The ivory dice dating back 1500 B.C. were discovered on the territory of Thebes. Craps were quite popular with the elite of the Roman Empire in which even children had to know how to play using the small playing cubes.

However, in the 14th century gambling was prohibited by King Henry VIII who got to know that the soldiers used to spend time gambling.

Native Americans believed that gambling was invented by God and that's why they did not consider gambling to be misdeed. They produced dice of plum stones and marked them in white and black. Native Americans were probably the first to roll dice to predict the future.

First state lottery occurred in 1793 in Washington. At those times, during the Revolutionary War lotteries were the excellent way to encourage the finance improvements and later all the US states began to provide lotteries. At the beginning of the 1830's there existed about 420 lotteries in North America.

Card games became popular in the New World and were usually played at the Mississippi riverboats. Some of the river venues were legal and some of them were completely illegal. Staring from that time the players always tried to cheat and when the tricksters were revealed they were punished. However, more and more systems to manipulate cards were created.

After the Civil War ended all the lotteries were banned and the following step was to ban other gambling games. And since the 1890's all gambling activities were not allowed in the USA and they had to go underground. But, in 1931 the state of Nevada legalized different gambling games and a number of new gambling establishments emerged again. It was the beginning of the rapid development of gambling business all over the planet. Moreover, internet casino games such as online blackjack, slots and other table games are also not strictly regulated and is available for many players. Still not in all countries gambling is legally allowed and it has always been associated with sin and considered to be very bad habit.