Though now a prominent cornerstone of culture in the world, casinos have not always had the affirmation and merit they currently enjoy.
The first mention of casinos, or as they were originally and still rather commonly are known ‘gaming houses’ stems from ancient China. Nodded to as a common and popular practice in 2300BC, it is widely believed that similar activity was occurring among Ancient Greek and Roman culture too.
As with anything which dates back this far- specifics are still rather hazy with regards to the nature of the practice at this time. While we can be sure that it certainly involved the wagering of money, or at least the wagering of societally valuable items, there is little to no record of the kinds of casino games that were played- or even if there was one consistent format or surrounding in which they were conducted.
Given the innate nature in which a considerable number of us human beings seem to be willing and able to take to the pursuit, it’s not really all that surprising that competitive gaming stretches as far back into our species’ history. I for one find it fascinating that gambling’s journey towards its current and recognisable incarnation began so long ago!