Gambling in the Ancient Times

Gambling is said to be as old as the history of mankind. However, evidence of the earliest form of gambling is said to be dated 2300 BC in China, where wood tiles were used in the game. Cave drawings which depict gambling have also been found providing further proof of early gambling habits. Additionally, objects that are shaped like a dice and made from the ankle bones of dogs or sheep have been found and dated back to 40,000 years.

Pairs of dice were also found in the ruins of Pompeii. Also, dice have been found in Egypt, which is dated 1500 BC. By around 900 BC, the Chinese had come up with card games with decorations of human forms. The use of Chinese cards later spread to Europe by followers of Islam. The Europeans further made changes to the cards to include the queens and kings just like in the present day card games.

In ancient Greece, betting was spoken of in myths where the gods Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon are said to have thrown a dice to help them in sharing the territories of the universe including hell, heaven, and sea. Greek soldiers are also said to have entertained themselves with dice games, even though it was illegal at that time.

Ancient Romans were also involved in gambling. For instance, Claudius is said to have redesigned his carriage to provide room for throwing dice. There are stories written about emperors and peasants gambling using dice with documents detailing the huge debts as a result of gambling. In the Bible, gambling is referred to as casting lots, and reference is made to Jonah, who was thrown into the sea and the clothes of Jesus divided by soldiers following decisions made by the casting lots. The Kings of Norway and Sweden are also said to have thrown a dice to help them determine the division of their kingdom.