Betting 101: How It All Started

  • Baccarat is the earliest game still played in casinos today, which is a two-player card game. It was first mentioned in the 1400s when it migrated from Italy to France. Of course, it took hundreds of years and various evolutions to arrive at the game we know today. Although different incarnations of the game have come and gone, the standard version played in casinos all over the world came from Cuba to the US.
  • Some suggest that the earliest forms of blackjack came from a Spanish game called Ventiuna (21). Others say that it is trente-un (31) from 1570. There are also people who think it is Quinze (15) from France. However, it is agreed that the French game of vingt-et-un from the 17th century is a direct forefather of the modern game and the name blackjack was an American innovation.
  • The earliest casinos started to appear in the early 17th century in Italy. They started to spring up all over Europe during the 19th century, while in the US more informal gambling houses were popular.
  • Roulette originated in the gaming houses of Paris. It took 50 years until the European version came out on top with just one green zero, and roulette players can be grateful for that. In the 19th century, roulette grew in popularity, and when the famous Monte Carlo casino adopted the single zero form of the game, this spread throughout Europe and most of the world.
  • Poker seems to have grown organically over decades and possibly centuries from various different card games. Some have poker’s antecedents coming from seventeenth-century Persia, while others say that the game we know today was inspired by a French game called Poque.

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