With so much modernity and technological boom, little awareness is of what preceded the civilization and forms of life that today are manifested. These changes made history and allowed the evolution of the world from all its perspectives and facets.
Gambling does not escape these advances. In fact, there are those who cannot imagine how long the casino games that are known today are present in society. The case of the slots is the most particular because its inauguration at the end of the 19th century is the most recent historical discovery.
The dice, the cards, and the roulettes, however, have a transcendental history that is worth recapping if you want to understand with certainty where some moves, moves, and rules come from.
Chinese cards and the beginning of the game
Poker is one of the most popular games currently practiced in the United States, but it also represents all the migratory culture that the country received at the time of colonization. The French brought the custom that, in turn, had been reserved for the monarchy and nobility of France.
In New Orleans, Native Americans adopted this custom and created their own ways and rules of the game while maintaining the original essence. However, history does not begin -not at all- at that point, but rather goes back almost twenty centuries, towards the primitive oriental civilizations
Specifically, it was in China that the first concept of letters known today was conceived. That fact is due to the fact that the Chinese, great thinkers, and revolutionaries of the invention, developed the role that, later, allowed them to carry out this work of entertainment. They are also given the first notions of the printing press, long before Gutenberg devised the “modern” plate system that changed the course of the world.
With so many advances, it is not surprising to imagine the Chinese shuffling the first deck of history, especially considering that they are awarded the invention of keno, the first card game in history.
For the year 900 after Christ, the geometric shapes that adorned the letters were joined with the figure of people. The trend, later, served the Europeans as inspiration to create the famous French mallet.
The game and the Greek condemnation
In Greece, the most important political and social advances in history developed. So much so, that democracy is considered as the great Greek invention. However, just as citizenship was organized and flexible with State affairs, with gambling it became incredibly mean.
The prohibition of random practices, however, served to raise the levels of popularity. On the one hand, there were the Greek philosophers claiming that it was a plague that would end civilization and, on the other, were the gods Hermes and Pan, mythological figures of great influence in the culture who, paradoxically, were fanatical about these games.
The dice became a real event in ancient Greece. Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus are given the practice of cubes to divide the Universe among them. The dice were followed by the ladies and, later, another game called heads and tails.
To participate in the ladies, for example, the players had to play with coins. The one who collected the most from the opponent, naturally, was the winner. This is where the first real bets lie and it was also in this part of the story that there was evidence of the first casino practices similar to those that are known today.
The day the dice began to be called craps
The habit of playing dice was so ingrained in Greek society that it soon spread throughout Europe. At least in the communities of a greater social and economic boom – like France and England -, they became such a popular practice that they soon adopted it as something indigenous.
Later, England had a direct impact on many of its colonies, with the United States being the most historically recognized. With all the cultures that settled in American territory and the French entering through Louisiana -to the south of the USA-, many gastronomic, social and linguistic customs were rooted in that community and never disappeared,
The games of chance also suffered that impact. When the French arrived with the dice, the practice was baptized as crapaud (a word of French origin whose meaning is “toad”). For Native Americans, pronouncing the word was a challenge. Therefore, it was a matter of time before they started calling it craps.
Currently, in many languages that American nickname is used to designate the game of dice. It is worth noting, moreover, that the French version suffered several alterations and entirely American versions were created, especially in the golden age of the game.
The oldest casino
Las Vegas, an American city located in Nevada, is synonymous with casinos and gambling all over the world. Even so, when the story wanted to inquire more about this topic, they found an incredible find: the first game room in history.
It was in Utah, another city in the United States, where the first glimpse of what could have been the most primitive casino, located in a cave and with the longevity of approximately 800 years, was found, long before the French and English conquered the American territory.
In this place, carved sticks were found. The game was that he should throw himself and guess if he would fall face up or face down. To the surprise of the researchers, there is evidence that women were those who practiced these activities while men did their work as heads of the household.
However, this is not the only highlight of the history of casinos in the United States that involves women. In the 1920s, when the game was already a daily practice, men dominated the market, but it was a woman who got the first license to open a game room in California.