Casinos Across the Ages1st Sep 2017 |
Casinos have been around for a very long time, but gambling in an organized way has been around for what seems to be forever. Dating all the way back to 6000 BC, archaeologists have found evidence of societies playing games of chance and gambling. More recently, around 2500 BC, there is a veritable plethora of evidence found amongst numerous ancient civilizations from around the word which proves that gambling is something that has long been a part of the human experience.
However, it wasn’t until just a few hundred years ago that the first, modern-style gambling house was opened to the general public.
The First Casino
The first official casino was documented in Italy as early as 1638. The government of Italy at the time wanted to create a controlled way for the people to gamble, so they had the Ridotto opened to facilitate it. Although the casino was very successful, it only lasted about 100 years. Due to the social problems that were attributed to the practice of gambling, the municipality decided that it was better to shut it down to protect the lower-income members of the society from becoming further disadvantaged. The interesting thing about the Ridotto is that it provided a framework for many other similar establishments to follow in the years to come.
Las Vegas has a much more recent history, and although the casinos that sprung up there in the 1930s marked a true turning point in modern gambling, gambling houses were in no way new to America and American culture. For a very long time Americans could find bars and lounge-type areas known as saloons to enjoy a few games of chance while at the same time keeping up with their social lives. All of that came to an end however when the American government decided that all gambling should be banned. Almost overnight, everything went underground. When the ban was finally lifted in the ‘30s, the practice of gambling in America had a very bad and seedy reputation, but that didn’t stop the success of the first mob-funded casinos that came into existence on the Strip. Casinos were an immediate hit, losing their seediness as they became more a mainstream pastime.
Now, the focus is on the online casino which is taking over the world of gambling bit by bit. A casino like ours at SuperLenny is an example of how far the technologies have come since the inception of online casinos in 1996, and it looks as though the industry will continue to grow.