A Little Bit of History
Gambling, one of humanity’s oldest habits, has accompanied us for millennia. Tiles with indications of what could be a chance game were found in China and dated around 2300 BC. Researchers excavated the oldest known dice in Egypt, and pottery scenes from Greek and Roman artifacts depict people betting on animal fights.
Even before the common era, gambling houses in China operated with the authorization of the province governor, who’d collect a part of the profits as a kind of tax. China also pioneered the use of playing cards in the 9th century.
The first casinos, closer to what we have today, date back to 17th century Europe. The Ridotto, in Venice established in 1638, was the first establishment to meet the modern definition of a casino.