Gambling and Casinos: A Look Back in Time

Casino and Gambling History

Do you ever ponder the genesis of casinos and gambling? Maybe you’re visualizing a group of Neolithic men in their cave up in the mountains, placing bets on who among them can run the fastest in exchange for some extra dried fish. It’s true that gambling has a long history. In fact, pinpointing the first wager is notoriously difficult.

A Chinese dice game from circa 2300 B.C. is the earliest piece of evidence. These dice were likely used in a number of different games, including one in which territory was determined. By the year 100 AD, Olaf, King of Norway, and Olaf, King of Sweden, employed dice to settle a petty dispute about who should control the District of Hising. Swedish King prevailed.

 

European nobility, aristocracy, and bourgeoisie played roulette throughout the Middle Ages. Gambling games were often loud and major events in rural communities. They met in public places like bars and restaurants.

DICE GAMES ARE BANNED IN STATUTE 1380

Dice games were outlawed by King Richard. One that was eventually brought to Canada. He made this choice out of worry that his archers would waste too much time gambling. He was worried it would have a negative impact on the neighborhood and compromise security within his palace.

JOHN CABOT, 1497

John Cabot encountered numerous indigenous peoples throughout the vast Canadian continent, all of whom were engaged in a variety of games of chance. Instead of just being for fun, these games have deeper spiritual, emotional, physical, and cerebral significance.

Ban in Canada, 1892

Betting quickly established itself in Canadian society. But this was a period when lawmakers’ minds were preoccupied by religious and moral strictness. Therefore, all forms of gambling were outlawed. This failed because it allowed criminal and mafia-like organizations to more easily establish and operate illegal hangouts.

BINGO FOR GOOD CAUSES, YEAR 1900

The government finally began making some changes for the better. Bingo games and charity raffles were fine.

HORSE RACING IN 1910

The government sanctioned horse races.

LEGAL GAMBLING IN 1925

At festivals and community gatherings, gambling could be sanctioned.

The Lottery Act of 1969

The government gradually relaxed its stance on gambling and lottery sales, realizing their strategic usefulness.

1970: LICENSES FOR GAMBLING

Gambling may be licensed and regulated across the country.

OLYMPICS OF 1974, MONTREAL

The original lottery benefited the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

FIRST CASINO OPENED IN 1989

In Winnipeg, Canada, the first ever commercial land-based casino debuted.

SINCE 1993: ONLINE CASINOS

The city of Montreal’s first brick-and-mortar gambling establishment. Other provinces soon followed. The popularity of online gambling among Canadians skyrocketed in the late 1990s.

There were 38,652 VLTs in 8309 locations in 2001.

Slot machine count: 31,537

Approximately 32,932 lottery retailers

Bingo Hall Licenses 1,880

There are 59 fixed casinos.

Seventy casinos, of which twenty are “racinos” or racetracks with slot machines.

107 TV betting theaters

Success on a National Scale in 2023

Canada is well recognized as a prime gambling destination due to the proliferation of land-based casinos across the country. Each each generation takes up gambling as an admirable hobby in its own right. Increased availability has led to the widespread acceptance of online and mobile gaming.

A Promising Future Ahead

Both the financial options and the underlying technology that power online casinos are evolving all the time. That trend shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, in our opinion. It’s safe to assume that developments will be made in mobile gaming, as mobile-friendly casinos and apps are becoming typical features of high-quality sites.

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