The journey taken by gambling as a popular pursuit, through the realms (or more likely the taverns) of the ancient world through to the aristocratic surroundings in which it thrived during the middle-ages in cultural hubs such as London, Paris and Rome, has in many ways yet to draw to its inevitable conclusion.
Currently, the art of competitive gaming is enjoying a worldwide embracing the likes of which it has never seen before. Before looking towards the present and indeed the future of gambling however, we have one final gap of time to fill.
The colonisation of the Americas changed many things within old European culture, our approach and attitude towards what gambling is and how it should be conducted, being just one of those things.
While most people tend to hold the same kind of vague and dusty image of the ‘wild west’, for us gamblers it’s regarded as a golden age of our pursuit. An era responsible for the conception of such games as blackjack (at least as we now know it) and Texas Hold’Em poker, this was also the time when the premise of a gambling house changed tracks towards what we’d currently consider as being the norm.