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History of Gambling

by Jerry "Jet" Whittaker
April 25, 2006

Gambling is one of the most ancient pursuits known to humanity. Archeological evidences indicate that even the earliest man staying in caves was a gambler.

Gambling - 40,000 years ago –

Traces can be found of dice like objects (called Astragali) made by the ankle bone of a sheep or a dog dating back to 40,000 years ago. The drawings found in the caves show that gambling existed then. Pairs of dice have been found in the ruins of Pompeii, some of which were designed to fall in a certain way.

In 2300 BC –

Sometime during 2300 BC, Chinese are said to have invented a game of chance using tiles. Later Greek soldiers played dice games for entertainment, though gambling was illegal in ancient Greece. Ancient gambling artifacts have been found in China, Japan, India and Rome. A pair of ivory dice has been found in Thebes, Egypt belonging to 1500 BC.

Claudius restructured his carriage to make more room to throw dice in ancient Rome. Caligula confiscated the knights’ property for covering the gambling losses. Roman soldiers gambled for Christ’s robes after his crucification. When the Roman Empire was at its high, the lawmakers declared that children were to be taught gambling.

In the 14th Century –

King Henry VIII, inspite of being a gambler himself, outlawed gambling when his soldiers spent more time in gambling than in improving their battle skills.

New World –

In the New world, The Native Americans were of the belief that the game of chances was invented by gods themselves. They played dice with plum stones painted in white or black. With wagering, they also played for predicting harvests and curing serious illnesses.

In 18th and 19th Centuries –

The Continental Army played lotteries during the Revolutionary War. Washington bought the first ticket of a federal lottery in 1793 sponsoring finance improvements in the District of Columbia, and during this time, almost all the states sanctioned lotteries. Lotteries became a very popular fund-raising method in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

n the 1830s, refugee sharper from South opened the nation’s first ‘Wolf-Traps’ or ’10 Percent Houses’ in Cincinnati. ‘Horse-Hair Game’ was also born in Cincinnati.

After Civil War –

The reform cleared out most of the lotteries and in 1890s. With a fraud in Louisiana Lottery, Congress outlawed the other games, disdaining the public form lotteries. In 1910, Nevada made operating a gambling game an offence.

Gambling went underground for sometime, but in 1930s due to loosening of the restrictions, legalized betting on horse racing gained popularity. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931 and more casinos came up. The Atlantic City in 1978 and gradually all other states too legalized different forms of gambling.


















































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