Gambling in Italy has existed for centuries
and has taken on many forms. The history of
gambling in Italy dates back to the days of
the Roman Empire, when the predecessor of
the modern backgammon, Ludus Duodecim
Scriptorum became popular among the Roman
legionnaires. It is also due to them that
the game came to other European countries.
It was in Venice, that in 1638 the first
gambling house "Ridotto" was opened. It was
sanctioned by the government aiming to
control gambling activity of the citizens.
Although the admission to that gambling
house was free, only rich people could
afford to play there, because the stakes
were high. The games played were biribi
resembling lottery and bassetta. Both games
had a very high house edge. In 1774 "Ridotto"
was closed which resulted in the growth of
popularity of the closed gambling clubs.
These clubs were called 'casinos', so the
word 'casino' itself is of Italian origin.
There is an opinion that baccarat was
invented in Italy at the end of the 15th
century by an Italian gambler Felix
Falguerein. Bingo is also of an Italian
origin. In 1530s, the Italians played game
called 'Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia' that
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