Historical Overview of Casino Games

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A Brief History

Human nature is behind the excitement and variations in gambling. You can notice traces of these games in every century from China and ancient Egypt to the Roman Realm. Nowadays, online casinos, such as login sbobet are ruling gambling industry. No doubt, casino games have a fascinating and long history.

Digging Deeper

Small House of Gaming

Remember, “Casino” is an Italian word referring to a small house. It indicated (originally) to a little pavilion on the grounds of a huge villa. This tiny house was famous for dancing, socializing and parties.

Over time, games dominate all other activities. People were used to playing casino games, and soon this small house grew in a massive gambling club. Monaco became the center of gambling with its first modern casino house in 1861. In 1960, the UK legalized casino gambling for actual cash.

The United States experienced different rules for gambling for centuries. Some gambling laws were approved in the 1600s. Different probability games were an essential part of America’s tradition.

Gambling became a legal game in 1931 in Nevada. After this act, Las Vegas turned into the famous City of casinos. In the Foxwoods casino, there were over 350 gaming tables and 6,000 slot machines.

Slot Machines History

In the 1890s, Charles Fey took the credit of investing slot machines. This machine was named as the “Liberty Bell”. Keep it in mind that this slot machine was famous as a One-Armed Bandit. Nowadays, slots machines are designed with pay-lines and reels.

You can find slot machines with unique symbols and themes. A random generator is available to replace mechanical reels. The online slots and video poker was introduced in the twentieth century. After this era, things were gradually improving in the area of poker and slot machines.

Card Games History

The French adopt modern cards in the 1300s. These were similar to the cards in the Arab and central Asia countries. The nobility of the French can be recognized on the play cards with images of Napoleon and several other emperors.

Original cards had different pictures. These cards were carved on wood. Remember, these people introduced clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. It was an introduction to Blackjack and Poker. The later volume of the game is famous as Trente et Un. To win this game, players must get a number almost 31.

Over time, there were other variations in this game. Keep it in mind that blackjack is considered a variety of Trente et Un. English people named this game as pontoon. Poker was developed from “As Nas” a Persian game by the French people. Poker spread through the content in a few years and became a famous casino game.

Casino Games from China and Ancient Rome

Several Chinese proverbs are available to hint some winning tricks of game of chance. These games are available in the festivals of the Druids. No doubt, Chinese are famous for their number of games and keno. Remember, Casino games are equally prominent in Chinese and Ancient Romans.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Schwartz, David G.  Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.  Gotham, 2006.

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“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland