A Brief History of Gambling

Much like ‘love’ and ‘war’, gambling seems to be an integral part of the human psyche. Since human beings have roamed this planet, we seem to have inherited a penchant for gambling of one sort or another. For decades archaeologists have uncovered remnants and writings that confirm that gambling was part of daily life in many lost civilizations.

Take ancient Egypt, for example. Archaeologists have discovered a board game called Senet that was enjoyed during the time of the Pharaohs and possibly before. Another game from the same period was called Astragali?s, which involved a 4-sided game carved from animal bones. These were both gambling games.

Perhaps it’s difficult to image these games being played over 2000 years ago. For many of us, our first memories of gambling and casinos involve elegant, plush carpeted, crystal chandeliered casinos made famous in exciting films depicting a suave, martini swigging British secret agent.

Over the years those images have given way to the reality of enormous gambling epicentres such as Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City where anybody and everybody is welcome as long as they spend some time throwing their dollars around.

Then along came the Internet. It was only a matter of months before the first online casinos were born and now over a decade later, they are sprouting up all over the Net like wild flowers. The great thing about online gambling is that you can access online casinos from your laptop any time of the day or night from your bed at home, your office in downtown Dallas, your hotel room in Paris or while lying on the beach in Cape Town.

Anywhere the Internet is available, so is the huge variety of online casinos that offer all manner of Las Vegas style casino games including blackjack, roulette, video slots, baccarat, craps, video poker, keno and much more.

Isn’t technology wonderful?