Being one of the oldest pursuits of man, gambling is one of the most sought-after acts which is known for making people rich in a matter of minutes.
Archeological evidence tells us that gambling had existed ever since the earliest cavemen; dice-like objects which were made from the ankle bones of dogs or sheep known as Astragali. The importance of these artefacts is that they date back over 40,000 years and tell us that gambling is in fact extremely old.
There are even some cave drawings which depict gamblings which offer further proof of their existence. The actual presence of gamblers can be found when looking at pairs of dice which were rigged for fall a certain way.
Around 2300 BC, Chinese invention of a game using tiles was considered a game of chance; this was played by Greek soldiers 1100 years later which were a source of amusement for them even though with gambling being illegal back in ancient Greece.
Ivory dice in Thebes dating back to the 1500 BC in Thebes in 1500 BC with many ancient gambling artefacts being discovered in China, Japan, Pakistan, Rome and India.
Believe it or not, gambling was a more significant thing than you might think back in the day. Claudius redesigned his carriage only because of his fondness of bettings and throwing dice. On the other hand, Caligula confiscated the properties of knights serving in his realm just to cover up his debts he accumulated by gambling.
At the height of the Roman empires, lawmakers commanded that children of all ages should be taught how to gamble and throw dice.
King Henry VII outlawed gamblings; even though he was a veteran gambler himself. This decision was made after he learned that his soldiers spent more time gambling than actually honing their fighting skills.
Native Americans in the new world they believed that the game of chance or what is formally known as gambling was created by the Gods themselves and played dice with plum stones. That was painted white or black.
Native Americans played the game of chance for more than wagering possessions. They played to predict many essential and unfathomable (for humans) things and to see the future. However, correctly, they used to play it to know the time when their crops would ripen, and it was time for harvest as well as understand how to cure their ill tribesman,
Believe it or not, Washington bought the first ticket for a federal lottery during the revolutionary war which was used to sponsor improvements in Columbia. Lotteries were monitored and pushed by just about every state government.
Lotteries were extremely popular when it came to fund-raising throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and by the 1830’s over 420 lotteries throughout the country offered prizes.
After the Civil War, however, most of the forms of gambling which included lotteries were wiped out, and in the 1890s, most gambling related games were outlawed. In Nevada in 1910, it was made a felony to operate any gambling game.
With prohibition, drinking and gambling were mostly underground, but that didn’t hurt the game for too long since with the eased up restrictions in the 1930s, the game was starting to get back on the horse and move forward.
In fact, horse racing was a dominant gambling method at the time. Gambling has always existed and it ever will, history shows how far it has gone and how now it can go.