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A Brief Casino History Lesson

The casino industry is fascinating! Allow us to give you a brief casino history lesson. You will learn new and fascinating things about your favourite casino games. Hop onto the Casino-Mate time machine and take a journey through time.


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Venice - 1638

The wealthier upper-class of Venice enjoyed socialising with each other outside of their homes. The theatre was a popular venue for entertainment. After seeing shows at the theatre, these noblemen would visit The Ridotto (which means “the private room” in Italian). The Ridotto was a space behind the theatre which could be described as a foyer. In this place, the rich and poor mingled, had discussions and gambled together! Most of the visitors wore masks to hide their identities. The Ridotto is known as the world’s first casino.

Vegas - 1950

Self-help gurus would tell you to turn a negative into a positive, and that’s exactly what Las Vegas did in 1950. The U.S Department of Energy ran an atomic bomb test project. The U.S was detonating over one thousand bombs just 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The testing literally turned night into day and left mushroom clouds in the sky which were visible in Vegas. The city decided to capitalise on this by promoting detonation times, hosting atomic bomb parties, serving ‘atomic’ cocktails and one casino even hosted a ‘Miss Atomic Energy’ beauty pageant which included mushroom cloud outfits.

Still in Vegas - 1955

Our casino history time machine stops over to 1955. America was an extremely racist place in this period. It was a surprise to the city in general when the interracial Moulin Rouge casino and hotel opened on May 24th, 1955. The casino was located in the predominantly black part of town. The hotel made national history; its dancers even featured on the cover of Life Magazine. The casino was rather profitable and peaceful; it came as a surprise when the Moulin Rouge shut down after a four and a half month’s run. 

Malta 1995

Online gambling is real! InterCasino becomes the world’s first-ever online casino. This is thanks to the 1994 passing of the Free Trade & Processing act in Antigua and Barbuda. This law gave the Caribbean nation power to grant licenses to companies wanting to start online casinos. Shortly after, online casinos were launched, the industry gained massive popularity. Today you can play your favourite casino games such as roulette, blackjack, craps, baccarat and pokies online.


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