In this latest entry in our ongoing series on gambling technology, we take a visual look at the activity’s attraction through its history in America.
It has always been an interesting question: Why do we love gambling? There’s no doubt that people want to gamble. A simple stroll down the corridors of history shows us that gambling has been around for centuries. Apart from the thrill of possibly hitting the big time with a huge win, what is it that draws us to gambling?
One of the attractions of gambling is the escapism that it provides, taking us away from our everyday problems and boring routines. We are also lured by the glamour that seems to accompany gambling — the high society characters with loads of cash who are impeccably dressed. The excitement of risk is also a drawcard, filling us with a sense of anticipation that gives us a natural high. Then there are the classic games, such as Bingo and card games at home, that have created a sense of acceptance of gambling that makes us feel good.
It’s been a fascinating walk from the early days of tribal community where games were played with sticks and dice to the easily accessible online gaming that we find today. From playing on ships to a night out at the casino to gambling on a digital device in bed, the hunger and yearning for excitement and possibility has not seemed to waver over the years. Different states have their own gaming laws that have been developed over the years. Check out the history of American gambling from the 1200s through to the modern day in this infographic.