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Gambling in Italy

 
http://www.asiaplate.com/photo/flag/Italy.jpg Currency : Euro
Language : Italian
Population : 60 million
Continent : Europe


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 resembled bingo.

You may think that gambling is origin from the UK or China but in fact, it is the Italian.

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