History and Origins of Casino Games

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Where it All Began

picture of old gambling saloonThere is no exact date that states when the first casino games were played. Apparently, people were too busy having fun to record dates. We do not blame them. Who would leave a good game of baccarat to take down notes anyways?
The first ever casino’s however, were not called gambling houses. In those days they were referred to as saloons. The first ever European saloon was the Ridotto, established in Venice 1638 by the Great Council Venice. That was way back. Essentially this means that people have been gambling for more than 300 years.
In America, the creation of salons was influenced by the four major cities, New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis. They were created so that travellers could find people to talk to, drink with and best of all gamble with.

The Oldest Games

Blackjack and Roulette are the oldest casino games that are still played today.


The history behind the origins of the game is quite foggy. The most popular theory, however, is that the game was created by mistake. It is believed that roulette was created by Blaise Pascal, a mathematics wizard from the 17th century. He was trying to create a perpetual motion machine, and somehow, it became a Roulette Table. And the French took all the credit.

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The French must have loved to have fun, as the history of Blackjack is also accredited to them. The exact origins, like those of roulette, are rather foggy. Many however agree that it originated in France in 1700. Blackjack was known as “Vingt-et-Un”, this translates to 21.
Now people all over the world can enjoy these games even on the go. South Africans are privileged to be able to enjoy the games at Punt Casino, a top online casino even on the international scene.