History of Casino Games
Casino games’ history is long and captivating. You will be impressed by the variety of casino games. The history of casino games begins in ancient times. Egypt, Greece and Rome were swept by casino games. Blackjack is a casino game with long history. Blackjack probably evolved out of other French games such as “chemin de fer” and “French Ferme”. Blackjack originated in France around the 1700′s where it was called “vingt-et-un” (twenty-and-one). Blackjack came to the United States in the 1800′s.
What makes the game of blackjack more entertaining is that sometimes you have the ability to increase your bets in mid-hand if you feel you have a good opportunity to win. When presented with the opportunity to make these bets, you should take advantage of them because they help to eliminate the house edge.
For the historians among you, the name Blackjack originated from a course of the game: when a player held his first two cards, a Jack of Spades and an Ace of Spades, he was paid extra. Jack is deemed to be a crucial card and the color of Spades is black; the fusion of the two created the name Blackjack as we know it today.
People started to create different devices catering to gambling long time ago. The most popular wagering articles were marked disks or bones, the forerunners of dice and spinning well or shields. Card games, one of the most popular casinos games, came later after the invention of paper. Really, these three types of devices provided the basics from which modern casino games have evolved.
Dice games have existed in one form or another for over 2000 years and were originally played with dice fashioned from the knuckle bones of sheep. They were much liked by the Romans. The Romans brought the dice games with them after their troops conquered Europe. By the 18th and 19th centuries a dice game of Hazard became popular in England. It was played by the aristocracy in private gambling houses. The lowest possible score was a pair of ones-known as crabs. The game came to America with the European settlers. It was simplified in America and evolved into the casino game that is now played around the world.
Roulette games invention theories also evoked contradictions among the historians. However, most of them agree that roulette is likely to come from ancient Greece, where soldiers created a game using a shield, which was spun on the top of a spear. They marked section on the shield and placed bets on where the shield would stop. The Romans played similar games using spinning chariot wheels. French mathematician Blaise Pascal also is often credited for inventing the roulette wheels as a result of his experiment with perpetual motion machines.
Casino games were usually played in special buildings aimed at entertaining people. People could dance, listen to music and, of course, gamble there. Italians called such a country house “casino”, a diminutive of “casa” (“house” in English). As time went by, such casinos focused mainly on that kind of activity. The meaning of “casino” equal to gambling establishment was eventually set in the 19th century. Today the gambling industry boasts not only land-based resorts but virtual, internet casinos known as online casinos.
The most popular casino games today are poker, roulette, slots, baccarat, blackjack, craps, keno, video poker etc. There are also many other gambling options, however, all their variety can be divided into two basic categories:
Casino games of chance are presented by such games like craps, roulette, slot machines, keno, bingo, lottery and the big 6 wheel (wheel of fortune). The result of the last throw of dice or spin of wheel does not affect the next event. Each event has the same odds, in other words, when you throw a coin the chance of throwing tails is always 50%. The outcome is independent, separate and not related to the past or succeeding event. In these games the dice, wheel or ball cannot remember what happened and you cannot calculate it.
Casino games of skills are considered to be blackjack, baccarat, video poker, regular poker, sports, horse racing etc. The results of the past event can influence the next results. For example, if all the aces have shown up in the first round of blackjack, you know that no more will turn up until the deck is reshuffled. Playing perfect strategy therefore will increase your chances of winning. In these games you have to be aware of what is going on, make calculations and get informed before playing.