The primeval times have left substantial evidence for the existence of gambling games in those ages. China, with the tiles that denote the year of 2300 BC, and Egypt with the ivory dice from 1500 BC and other gambling paraphernalia, puts up a clear statement of gambling being an old practice. Gambling is said to have come into existence from the time civilization took birth. The Romans have written stories that recall the period where emperors and peasants gambled over a game of dice, and it also covers the events of people becoming overwhelmed by the debts and fights that resulted from the games.
According to the historical documents, the kings of Norway and Sweden indulged in a game of dice to determine the division of the territory. Everything about gambling has changed over the years, from the primitive method of gaming shifting into online casinos to the prize switching from territories to chips that are exchanged for money. Let us have a closer look at the evolution of gambling.
Oldest Poker Chips
Gambling had an entirely different outlook in the past with bones, rocks, and sticks having taken the place of chips. The games we play in Las Vegas have ceramic chips to count the amount we hold to our possession; such coins came into existence only in the 9th century AD in China. Mahjong tiles and dominos evolved only at a later stage after the initial form of coins (clay) spread all across Asia. Card games then traveled to different parts of the world, starting with Egypt, through the whole of Europe, to the American gambling scene. The 52-card deck became the standard set to play for money only after the 14th century.
Pioneers of Modern-Day Gambling
Blackjack’s early form named Vingt et Un was a French game that was played by the European lords in gambling dens. Then came a game called Poker, which was developed by the British, Italians, and French; it grew to become one of the most exciting gambling games of all time, and still is. Poker is also said to have its initial roots in Germany with their traditional game called ‘Pochen,’ which translates to ‘bluffing.’ As the early settlers set foot in America, both Poker and Roulette became popular in the country.
The American gaming culture began developing to greater standards as the more settlers from all over the world started arriving. All those people were interested in the card and dice games and Roulette so much so that bars and salons were almost always crowded. In the 19th and 20th century, gambling became more popular in the US than in any other country. Most of the established games played in online and land-based casinos have had such a history that not many people are aware of. Today, the US has hundreds of casinos spread across several states, and so does other countries, with all these companies contributing heavily to revenue generation for the economy.