The History of Gambling From Ancient to Modern Times

No matter I like to do for fun in my life, nothing can come close to the thrill and adrenaline rush that I would get every time I go out to the local gambling casino to try my luck there. It seems like it must be genetically built in for us as human beings. This is when I started to research the history of gambling. Turns out that human beings have been gambling ever since recorded history.

Archeologists were the first ones to find evidence of gambling behaviors in actual cavemen when they recovered dice-like objects that dated back over 41000 years ago that were made up animal bones. They also found cave paintings that depicted our ancestors performing gambling like behaviors. They even found pairs of dice that dated back to the Roman Empire. In fact during a period in Roman times it was required for parents to have their kids learn how to gamble. If this law were passed during modern times parents would be at an uproar over it, so in this aspect The roman empire was very liberal. In fact it was purported that ancient Roman soldiers actually gambled for the robes of Jesus.

Evidence of gambling was even found over 4000 years ago in the chinese culture. Their game of chance was developed by using actual riles. The ancient Greeks were the most perplexing when it came to their gambling behaviors. Although Greek soldiers loved to gamble with dice games, Greek society for some reason made gambling illegal. For a very liberal society as the Greeks this behavior always puzzled me.

As far as American gambling history the first gambling establishments back in early American times were called saloons. These saloons were not only important as hot gambling spots but they were a great place where weary travelers coming from all over the country could meet and make friends. In essence these saloons had started to become social areas where people could make long lasting bonds and associations for life. During the early part of the 20th century the American government for some reason felt that gambling should be banned so they made it so by passing a series of laws. In 1931 however, the government decided to make a compromise on this by making gambling legal in 2 states: Nevada and New Jersey. This is how these 2 states became famous gambling hubs with Atlantic City and Las Vegas leading the way.

We owe our gambling beginnings to a few ancient cavemen that decided that it would be fun throwing a few modified animal bones around. Imagine that.

Why is Gambling So Fun?

The question we are looking at here is what is gambling? Gambling is taking a risk. Gambling is taking a chance on winning. Most of the time gambling is used in cards, sales, flipping houses, game shows, betting on horses, dogs, fights, sporting events and on anything else where there would be a risk involved. The gambling side of it is legal in some states but not legal in other states and thus only allows for places like Las Vegas and other cities for example, along the coast of Alabama and Louisiana to set up hotels along the beach to allow people to have places to go and gamble.

Gambling is taking a risk, right? Well, that is why sales is considered to be gambling. Gambling is done because you try to sale some one some thing and you take a risk on not making as much as what you initially invested in it. That is why flipping houses are also considered to be gambling. It’s considered to be taking a risk or taking a chance. Taking a risk just means that you are willing to bet a certain amount of money on it just to see what would happen and to see if you could win more money back out of it than what you put in on it. Cards are considered gambling because of the different kinds of card games that there are to play. Games like Rummy, Poker, Tong, 21, Black Jack, Spades, and other games can be considered gambling if you place a bet on the game you play. Purchasing gambling chips at a casino is using there money with in the casino to gamble and placing bets on games is considered to be that way as well.

Football games especially like the Super Bowl are generally gambled on. Parlays are used in football games more so than any other kind of betting. There are also full cover bets are used in football and other sporting events. There are different types of full cover bets. The different types of full covered bets are listed as followed: Trixie bets are bets placed on a selection of 3; Yankee bets are a selection of 4; Canadian or Super Yankee is a selection of 5 bets and Heinz is a selection of 6 bets. The full covered bets are generally used more in sporting events and other types of betting to where you can increase your earnings by placing multiple bets on the same player, team, winner, point’s selection, point differential or any other ways determined on how to win.

Fights on dogs, horses, chickens and humans are gambled on all the time. People consider how good the animal or human being is fighting verses the other animal or human being is that they would be fighting against. When the odds are in your favour then you bet high. If the odds are not in your favour then you bet low or go with the other player. If a team is considered to be the under dog then you may consider placing your bet on the other team because the other team has a better. Placing the bets to win money is what gambling is. Gambling is considered taking a chance at winning back more than what you risk was to be considered in the first place.

There is a rule when you gamble and that is to have fun with it and make more money than what you started with. When you gamble be sure that you are willing to risk it all for a few or a lot of what you risked in the first place. This is why it is such a gamble to bet against the odds or bet for the losing team if you know with out a doubt that they will probably lose.

The Problem of Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling can destroy your relationships; interfere with responsibilities at home and work, even lead to financial catastrophe. What is the problem of gambling addiction? Gambling addiction is defined as compulsive gambling (a type of impulse-control disorder). Compulsive gamblers can’t control the wish to gamble, it is all they can think about and all they want to do. Specialists say gambling addiction may change a personality beyond recognition.

Some people think a person gambling everyday is a problem gambler. In fact it doesn’t matter at all, you may gamble oftentimes or of rare occurrence. Gambling is a problem, if it causes problems. Gambling addiction is also a problem even if you can afford it, because this problem is not just financial. You may destroy your relationship or friendships by gambling.

The main symptoms of the gambling addiction:

- You feel the need to keep secret about your gambling. You may sweep under the carpet even long before yourself. You might delude yourself that you gamble in secret or lie about it, because you are incomprehensible to your relatives. You may also flatter yourself you will surprise them with a big win.

- Have difficulties with controlling your gambling. Can you walk away or interrupt your gambling if you have already started it? Can you stop before you play away your last dollar?

- Are you ready to play away your grub-stake (even that, have been kept to pay bills, credit cards, or things for your children)?

- Family and friends are anxious about you.

People with gambling addiction usually think there is no problem and they can give up at any moment. They suggest that not gambling but money squeeze is the real problem. They prefer to learn how to manage their gambling without stopping and in many cases can’t imagine their life without gambling.

Gambling addiction therapy focuses on changing unhealthy gambling behaviors and thoughts, such as rationalizations and erroneous beliefs. But you should first grasp the importance of the treatment and the necessity to get rid of the problem.

If you’d better try to overcome for your problem yourself, here is some advices:

- Do something else;
– Focus on another activity (go shopping, swim, make something delicious, play paintball at long last);
– Bring yourself to wait five minutes, ten minutes, or an hour if you want to gamble, your wish will grow weak;
– Imagine first your future experience, how you’ll feel after all your money is lost;
– Find a supporting force (you close friend or partner).