Casino History

The word ‘Casino’ stems from the Italian word for a small villa or summerhouse specifically meant for enjoyment. The derivative has come to mean a closed house or bordello while the modern day term for a gambling establishment has seen a French influence come to the surface by the use of an accent commonly seen in the word ‘Casinó’.

While the exact origin of gambling is unknown, the first official recording of the practice was made around 2300 B.C. in China and has since seen every society in the history of the world take part in playing games for money. From the Roman Empire to British Elizabethan society, there are many entertaining stories built around games of chance.

Possibly the first place of note that used a building specifically for gambling purposes was Venice around 1638.

The Casino that we have become familiar with today has much to do with the old American-style saloons of the late 19th century where travellers could rest, drink, find conversation and take part in the gambling games of the day.

During the early part of the 20th century, gambling soon became outlawed by social reform and state legislation. The face of the casino was to be changed forever when the state of Nevada legalised gambling in 1931 and Las Vegas soon spawned the legalised establishments that have remained a Mecca for worldwide gamers ever since.

Gambling in the US remained restricted until 1978 when Atlantic City in New Jersey lifted restrictions to become the second largest gambling city in the USA. The advent of the online casino began around 1994 when a series of companies designed the preliminary software for an online casino site.

InterCasino became the first provider of an online gambling network in 1996 and provided traditional casino table games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat. Since then, many online casino sites have flooded onto the internet as the software continues to develop dramatically.

Today, everything from slot machines to poker can be played as the Las Vegas experience becomes accessible to everybody at the click of a button.