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Gambling as a form of entertainment has been hugely popular from the Ancient Greeks to this modern day.
Did you know the first European gambling house was in the wing of the San Moise Palace? It was established in Venice, Italy, in 1638 by the Great Council, which controlled gambling during the carnival season.
Due to the high stakes and formal dress code, only nobles could afford to play at the casino's tables. Gamblers needed to be anonymous so wore three-cornered hat and mask in order to play and be disguised.
Significant casinos include Monte Carlo, Monaco, enjoyed by well-off visitors. In fact, it has been featured in a film and song named The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo. The man was Charles Wells made famous by the song. In 1891 he had a series of successful gambles. He was a notorious character with many aliases, sent to prison four times (Britain and France) and the first criminal to set up a Ponzi Scheme.
Few countries come close to the United States with the largest number in the world. How many? 900!!!! Las Vegas is the most famous gambling destination on this planet. Located in the Southern part of the U.S. state of Nevada it has become synonymous with gambling. It's interesting to remember that most of this original population come from Hawaii. To them, it is known as the ''ninth island''.
The Las Vegas Strip details some astounding tales of winning and losing. This story caught the eye: The man who beat Las Vagas and handed back $1 million.
Las Vegas Strip had an annual revenue of $6 billion in 2015.
You may be surprised by the top earners for the Las Vegas Strip gaming revenue:
- Slots ($3 billion)
- Games revenue ($3.2 billion)
Casino internet betting started in 1994 when Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade & Processing Act, which allowed licenses to be granted to organizations applying to open online casinos. In the late 1990s, online gambling grew in popularity although from very humble beginnings.
''In 1996 there were just 15 internet gambling websites''
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