When we talk about playing gambling games, most people think that it is something that belongs to this time. However, this is not the case, playing gambling games has been around for centuries. Playing online casino games may be something that is of this time, but gambling itself is as old as man himself. There are in fact scientists who have indications that gambling even as early as 40,000 years BC. happened. For example, murals have been found showing images of gambling games. Back then the dice were still done with animal bones (like those of a sheep), and of course, there were no dice yet. Playing gambling games is therefore really part of our human civilization, as you may have already read it is even something that is in our DNA. So taking a gamble is a natural thing. In the time of the Greeks and Romans, they were already a fan of dice, it is even mentioned in the bible that Roman soldiers started playing dice for his clothes after Jesus was crucified. So even at that time there was already talk about playing dice games. And not only then, because even in the time of Julius Cesar there was talk about throwing dice. In addition, the Roman period was also known for the fact that lotteries were already being held, so the emperor handed out notes to the population on special days with which they could win grain, oil, or money. But not only did the Romans and the Greeks love gambling games, but ancient China was also known for its love for gambling games.
For example, playing keno originated in ancient China. According to some sources, it was Cheung Leung of the Han dynasty who used keno to win over the people during a war. For example, citizens could choose from up to one hundred and twenty different characters, and they received money as soon as these characters were finally selected. It is even said that it was through playing keno that the construction of the Great Wall of China could be financed. At that time, for example, lotteries were organized more often for the poor or the construction of various orphanages. In our country, for example, lotteries have been around for more than 550 years. In the past, money was collected to be able to wage wars. So even though the State Lottery only existed from 1726, enough lotteries were already held before that. For example, from the fifteenth century, Tombola lotteries were held in Northern Europe. These are a kind of lotteries where you can take a ticket from a large basket and you could win real prizes, not cash prizes. We only know the real casinos from 1763 in the Belgian town of Spa. It was not until a hundred years later that plans were made to establish the first casino in our country as well. Only the permits for this were refused at the time because the Protestants saw casinos as the home of the devil. So it took until 1976 before a legal casino was opened in the Netherlands. And today we are still waiting for a new Gambling Act to legalize online gambling in the Netherlands as well. As you have read, playing gambling games is certainly not just something of this time, but it is something that simply belongs to humanity, and probably will never disappear.