Gambling has been part of everyday life for as long as we can go back in time. However, the phenomenon of gambling is relatively new. The word “casino” originates from “casa”, which means “house” in Italian. It therefore designates a place of relaxation. The appearance of gambling halls dates back to the 17th century. Several centuries later, the internet offers a real revolution to the gambling industry. Here is the history of land-based and virtual casinos.
The birth of casinos
It was in the 17th century that we began to take an interest in gambling. Indeed, it was during this period that wealthy people commissioned studies from brilliant mathematicians like Blaise Pascal and Galilée, in order to learn about the mechanisms of card and dice games. They aimed to find a strategic scheme to win. It was therefore after the publication of these studies that games of chance and money became very popular. This is the starting point in the history of casinos.
It was during this period that Europeans began with the lottery, which was then adopted by religious and notables to organize draws in order to raise funds. Then the traders in turn follow this movement. Raffles were even conducted to sell real estate or jobs. Given the success and the sums raised, the government understands the interest and decides to legalize gambling. Thus, in 1638, the first official casino appeared in a Venetian palace.
In France, it was under the reign of Louis XIV that games of chance became very popular, especially at court. However, it was not until the end of the 18th century that the very first rooms devoted to gambling appeared. The trend therefore extends to the United States, where betting is illegal. In 1931, the State of Nevada allowed the operation of casinos, hence the birth of Las Vegas as we know it today. Since then, casinos have become very popular in many countries.
The history of online casinos
It was more than 20 years ago, in 1994, that online casinos appeared. Gambling is therefore becoming much more accessible and within the reach of more people. Indeed, before this date, you had to go to land-based casinos to have fun playing casino games. Since this date in the history of online casinos, the number of online casinos has increased rapidly, to the delight of gamblers.
It was the game publisher Microgaming that developed the very first online gambling software that was downloadable via a CD Rom. The first jackpot appeared four years later with the Cash Splash slot machine. The same year, Planet Poker opened the first online poker site. In the same year, more than 700 online casinos with real money were born. One of the great developer giants, Java, has revolutionized the online gaming world with their invention of instant play. Players no longer needed to download apps to enjoy games. It was a real revolution for the gambling industry.
In the beginning, land-based casinos were always intended for an elitist social category. Today, virtual casinos have allowed the world of gambling to expand their target. Anyone can play online, you just have to be of legal age and respect the law of the country in which you are playing. No need to move, it’s easier for players to play from home.
Electronic casino games
In recent years, a new form of gambling has appeared more and more in real and virtual casinos. These are games in electronic form, which are similar to traditional games, except that the games are digitized. This form of gambling has already been present for many years in Canada and is starting to experience great success in Belgian and French casinos. However, electronic gambling is not permitted in all countries. It allows players to place bets completely anonymously, without having to worry about the looks of dealers or other players.
Since the authorization of electronic casino games, and in particular electronic roulette in Belgian casinos, more and more gaming establishments are equipped with this popular game. In addition, the financial health of establishments has improved significantly since the introduction of the game. The initiative comes from the United States and Canada and has been gradually taking hold in European countries in recent years. Indeed, the State has decided to legalize electronic roulette to help casinos facing financial difficulties related to the legalization of online games, the smoking ban or the economic crisis. Electronic roulette is less popular in online casinos than in physical casinos. In effect,
Although some casino games have not yet been affected by computerization, more and more games are being replaced by Hi-Tech devices. This is the case with slot machines, poker and now roulette. Computerization allows casinos to reduce their costs by reducing their workforce.
Live casino games
Since the success of virtual games, online casinos try to reproduce as much as possible the lively experience found in land-based casinos. To fulfill this objective, most online casinos now offer live casinos. If you’ve ever played roulette, you know that the game is completely random. Roulette is one of the most popular games around the world, both in land-based casinos and online casinos. It’s a fairly simple game since the only thing to do is to guess on which box the ball will stop. The live dealer option arrived only a few years ago in online casinos. At first, virtual casinos offered live dealers only on poker and blackjack games.