The history of casino games

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The history of casino games
The history of casino games. Image source: Pixabay

Let the games being

There must be something in human nature that craves the thrill of gambling. How else could we explain the variety of games found in all cultures from Ancient Egypt and China to the Roman Empire and to 21st Century online casinos? The history of casinos and casino games is thus long and fascinating. The word “casino” comes from the Italian word for “little house.” The small house was used for parties that included music, dance, socialization and sometimes various games. Over time, games became the predominant part of casinos and the small house grew into a big game club. And nowadays there are casinos that are not limited by the size and selection: MansionCasino.com allows you to play many online casino games, for example.

The origins of roulette

Roulette is a casino game named after the French word meaning little wheel.
The Wheel of Fortune, familiar from the market stalls, is not a cheap copy of the classic casino game roulette but in fact its ancestor, or so it is assumed. There are many legends of roulette origins that are not true, perhaps the strangest one is the theory that it originated from a mysterious Tibetan game where the monks placed 37 animal characters on board with 666 squares – apparently, there is no evidence to support this story. Another legend that may be true is that the mechanism was invented in the 17th century by French mathematician Blaise Pascal in an attempt to create a perpetual motion machine. In reality, roulette was derived in France in the early 18th century from the older games hoca and portique, and it is first mentioned under its current name in 1716 in Bordeaux. Roly-Poly, mentioned as one of the models of roulette, is apparently just another name for roulette.

The birth of blackjack

The history of Blackjack is not entirely certain, but the game is believed to have developed in France and elsewhere in 18th century Europe. The French Vingt-et-Un card game, which was also popular in the courts of the King of France, can be regarded as the beginning of the game. In addition, the game was played a lot at French casinos. However, like many other card games, blackjack has probably evolved over the years, and there hasn’t been a single version of the game. In addition to the Roman and French history of the game, blackjack may have been influenced by other European card games, such as Spanish games. In Spain, a mix of Arabic and European culture had invented a lot of card games, and references to Trente-Un, for example, have been found since the 15th century. This game also counts cards and seeks a certain number of cards, which is 31. In essence, blackjack is a mix of several different card games aimed at reaching a certain number of cards.

The first modern casino, as we now know it, was established in Monaco in 1861, which is still a gambling center. Real money casino gambling was legalized in England in 1960. The slot machine was invented by a mechanic named Charles Fey in California in the 1890s. He called his slot machine Liberty Bell, but the slot machine became popular as a one-armed bandit.

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