History of Casino Gambling

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Real money casino games have been available for well over a decade.  Today, there are hundreds of casinos around the world and even more casino websites online. With more and more people opting to play online games for real money, in lieu of a trip to their local casino, it makes one wonder what the future holds. To better understand where the casino industry is headed, it’s good to understand the casino industry’s not-so-glamourous past.

When Did Casino Gambling Start?

It’s believed that some type of casino gambling can be traced back to the earliest civilizations. One of the first known brick-and-mortar casinos, Casinò di Venezia, was started around 1638 in Venice, Italy. Amazingly enough, Casinò di Venezia is still in operation today.

Casino Gambling in the United States

In the United States, early casinos where known as saloons. In saloons, people could socialize, drink, and gamble on a variety of games. In the early 20th century, the U.S. outlawed casino gambling. However, in 1931 law makers legalized casino gambling in the state of Nevada, giving way to the illustrious Las Vegas casinos we know today. This opened the door to many other U.S. states opening up casino gambling to their residents.

Web-based Casino Gambling

It’s no surprise that when the Internet became mainstream in the late 1990s, that casino gambling would find its way to the World Wide Web. Digital casinos, also known as virtual casinos or internet casinos, are growing in popularity all over the world. Surprisingly though, lawmakers have been slow to adopt and regulate online gambling. In 2013, Nevada and New Jersey became the first U.S. states to legalize digital casino gambling.

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