While it is suspected gambling has been around since the dawn of human civilization, the earliest definitive evidence that people gambled dates back to approximately 2300 BC. Tiles from this time period that were found in ancient China indicate people in that region engaged in a game of chance that resembled a modern-day lottery thousands of years ago.
Keno slips from around 200 BC suggest lottery proceeds were used to fund various state projects in the area, which may have included the construction of the Great Wall of China. In the United States, lottery proceeds have also been used to fund civic projects over the years, including the founding of Harvard and Yale universities, and this practice continues to this day.
Although gambling has existed for several millennia, the history of some of the world’s most popular games is comparatively shorter. The earliest version of Baccarat was not documented until the 1400s, for instance, and it took centuries after that for the game to evolve into the version that is played today.
The first known written description of blackjack was provided in a book from 1601, which was written by the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes. It is widely accepted the first primitive roulette wheel was a byproduct of Blaise Pascal’s attempts to create a perpetual motion machine in the 17th century. The game as we know it today initially appeared in France in 1796 and was first described in Jaques Lablee’s novel, La Roulette, ou le Jour, during the same time period. #betcruise #betvoyager