Casino History and Culture
If there's one thing that's for certain it's that people love to play games. And if you're reading this page, chances are you're a fan of casino gaming. But where does this love for gambling come from?
In fact, no one knows exactly when we began playing the games of chance that developed into the casino games we know and love today. We know that in Ancient China games of numbers have always been popular, progressing into modern games like keno. And games involving dice were a part of Ancient Roman culture where it was referred to as casting lots.
The word casino itself stems from the Italian for "little house", but specifically refers to a place that has been built for leisure. These buildings would have been initially used for dancing and music, as well as gambling.
It's no surprise then that the first-known casino establishment dates back to 17th century Italy, where the Casino di Venezia first opened its doors in 1638 – a casino that's still operating today. And from there, modern casino gaming as we know it really took off.