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Friday, December 21, 2018

Humans have been gambling for thousands of years | Economics / Finance - Market Business News

Gambling is part of human nature, if history is anything to go by. Gambling in one form or another has been around since the Paleolithic period, i.e., the Stone Age. This was before we could write, writes Christian Nordqvist, Owner and Writer. 
Blaise Pascal was a French physicist, mathematician, Catholic theologian, writer, and inventor. He invented the roulette wheel, say some historians.

The earliest six-sided dice date back to around 3000 BC in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia is a historical region which today corresponds to most of Iraq. The region also included parts of modern Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, and southeastern Turkey.

Gambling houses existed all over China about 1000 BC. There were many forms of gambling at the time, including events where people placed bets on animal fights.

According to Videoslots, in the 10th century AD, dominoes and lotto games appeared in China. Historians say that gambling in Japan began during the 14th century. There may have been betting in Japan beforehand, but there are no historical records before that period.

History of poker  
Wikipedia says that poker was born in the United States during the early nineteenth century. Some historians say that the game is a direct derivative of As-Nas, a Persian game. However, David Parlett, a British games scholar, started challenging this notion in the 1990s.

The Online Etymology Dictionary says that ‘poker,’ an American English work, perhaps originated from the German word Pochspiel, which was a card game similar to poker...

History of roulette  
‘Roulette’ is a French word that means ‘little wheel.’ Gaming scholars say that the first form of roulette emerged in France in the eighteenth century.

Some historians claim that Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, and inventor, introduced a primitive form of the game in the 17th century while he was searching for a perpetual motion machine.

The mechanism of roulette is a hybrid of the Italian game Biribi and a gambling wheel that was invented in 1720.

Source: Market Business News