From Divination To Diversion, Gambling’s Rich History

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Wagering is considered as one of the oldest activities that humanity has ever participated. It is a century-old (diversion) that has transformed into a billion dollar industry. The rise of wagering-related activities saw an increased with the incorporation of technological tools and software. Nowadays, wagering or gambling is also referred to as “gaming” most especially when performed in online casinos.


Until now, the exact date of the first gambling-related activity remains unknown. The only pieces of evidence, which can attest to its rich history, are mentions in religious documents and references.

History of Gambling

Contrary to popular opinion, wagering was initially perceived as something that is related to divination. When men cast sticks or throw rocks and predict its outcome, it is said to be a way of interpreting the will of gods and deities. It is their way of recognizing supernatural and futuristic messages.


Later on, wagering, from being an act of divination became a diversion. Casino games soon entered the picture.


According to studies and researches, many of the games featured in both land-based and online casinos trace their roots to Europe and China. Examples of these are roulette, baccarat, keno etc.


The unprecedented popularity of these games made it easy to penetrate and spread in other regions.


Since wagering can be destructive, if not controlled, many jurisdictions impose laws to regulate such activity. Sanctions and penalties have been readily observed in an attempt to prevent addiction. This is most especially true nowadays where casinos have become very accessible.


But of course, the move to limit the adverse effects of wagering becomes more effective only if there is cooperation among the players.  Due to this, various support groups have also emerged to help those who are affected with chronic gambling—and these changes, these phenomena further enrich wagering’s history.




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