Gambling has been around since the dawn of time. It is mentioned in ancient text, religious books and has been a recreation of humans since 3000 BC. The types of gambling that we see today are directly linked with historic events. For instance, the card that is so synonymous with gambling these days was born out of China’s ability to create it on mass, including making paper money.
Religion has played a big role in the fortune of gambling (pardon the pun). It is not always in a negative way however. The Vatican was one of the first institutions to introduce a lottery to create income. Italy seems to have had an integral role to play in the history of the industry and even the word “casino” dates back to mid-18th century Italy, 1744, and literally means “a little house.” Although the precise origins of Italian gambling are unknown, the first organised gambling house was the Ridotto in Venice in 1638. This still stands and is part of a church!
In this modern era, we are seeing a tremendous change from these types of institutions to a digital era. Online casinos give the ability for a punter to gamble wherever and whenever. Even card games such as Poker and Blackjack where you would think would need physical presence have made the jump over and seen exceptional growth, becoming larger online than anything else. Gambling has gone through many guises but one thing has not changed and that is the human appetite for the entertainment.
Our infographic details the rise of gambling through the Chinese Tang Dynasty, into Europe where it was sadly banned by the English Parliament in 1461. Through to the rise of fabulous Las Vegas, followed by the world’s first Casino opening in the small town of Spa, Belgium.