Gambling is a form of entertainment and a method of passing
the time – this is seen through out history, from hundreds
of years ago through our timeline today. While the methods
of gambling have changed, many of the games have basically
stayed the same. In this article, we are going to briefly cover
the history of gambling and just how old some of our favorite
gambling devices are.
In studying the layouts and the remains of ancient sites,
drawings, artifacts and reading left behind by those who lived
ages ago show that gambling took place with in the largest
portions of society that existed.
Thousands of years ago, around the time of 2000 BC gambling
remnants are revealed in the countries of Egypt , India , and
China and in ancient Rome . While this time line may surprise
some, there are even remnants of gambling seen five hundred
years before this time! Around the time frame of 1500 BC a
set of dice were found in the remains of a Thebes city.
Ancient armies would spend their time gambling with dice
and then cards to pass their time when they were on longer
guard duty stints. From the ancient times of dice, paper was
created, and then cards were introduced into society. The first
decks of cards appeared sometime in history around the early
900’s when decks of cards where actually the money used
by those in China .
The history of the roulette wheel does not ‘go back’ in
history as far as the die or the deck of cards, but the first
roulette wheel is still very old, going back as far as the
late sixteen hundreds and into the early seventeen hundreds.
Gambling is a form of entertainment, fun, and passing the
time in many countries.