History of Casino

Have you ever looked into the origins of gambling? We’re going to go off on a limb here and say it’s as old as when humans took their first big risks, and ended up paying off big time.

Recorded history doesn’t offer much a consolation either. The oldest recorded practice of gambling was back in 2,300 B.C. China. Gambling then took on many forms through time and across the world. Even the origins of the word casino doesn’t exactly mean gambling house, rather a house specifically made for anything that brought pleasure.

The 1600s was the time the gambling house bearing some semblance to the general idea of Casinos we know. It was Casino di Venezia that first rolled the dice as the oldest (and still operational) casino in the world. Europe’s elite would flock to the casino to indulge in gambling and other pleasures offered within its walls.

Since then, casinos would revolutionize gambling. In the United Kingdom, the English realized the tax revenue if gambling in casinos were regulated. While in the United States, gambling was outright outlawed until the State of Nevada legalized it and made itself the bastion of gambling we know it today. Taking cue from the policy changes, more casinos sprung up in Europe, the Americas, and especially Asia.

It was Asia that took the very concept of the casino and made it into one complete house of leisure. Casinos in Macau, for instance, are complete with several floors of all things you can associate with leisure. Won something? Great, reward yourself in the malls right next to the gaming areas. Tired of shopping? Take a break at the luxurious pools, and have drink while you’re at it! Or if you feel like just sitting back, the entire casino is one marvel to look at. It’s where you can breathe in one beautiful scenery at a time. Or you know, take it all in one go. Do your thing, that’s what casinos are for!

The Golden Castle Casino hails from this proud tradition of gambling houses where the goal of leisure becomes the journey. And more importantly, we trace our origins to every gambler’s gambit to pay off whether or not money is involved. ‘Cause in a lot of cases: gambling isn’t just about the cash, but winning!

Favorite Games

Live Casinos games play a lot on chance, but not completely. A great deal of skill is also required! And our games will generously reward skilled players who are on The Golden Castle Casino’s floors:

Arguably the most well-known casino table game, Blackjack is a top choice of players across Western casinos. Blackjack is a game where players compete against the dealer acquiring the better hand, ideally getting one’s hand value to 21. Interestingly enough, 21 still serves as Blackjack’s alias in other parts of the world.

Its origins however, remain hotly debated. But we do know how blackjack got the name we know it today. Blackjack was more formally (in some cases, still is) known as 21. But as the game grew in popularity, casinos in the growing gambling State of Nevada put up a promotion of a 10-to-1 payout if the lucky winner’s hand composed of the Ace of Spades and a Black Jack. Thanks to this peculiar promotion, the name stuck. And 21 eventually became Blackjack all because of a successful promotion!

Oh Baccarat, the darling of Asian players. This title is earned with the evident number of tables available across casinos in the region! Baccarat is a game that plays on how good you are at predicting which of 3 outcomes will be the result.

First documented in the 1400s, Baccarat was a favorite of Europe’s nobility. The game originally came from Italy, being invented by an Italian gambler named Felix Falguiere. He based it off some strange ritual where the fate of a blonde virgin would be decided by one of 3 outcomes. Let’s just say the outcomes were quite grave.

Baccarat happens to have 3 general variations: Baccarat Chiming De Far, Baccarat Bacquet, and Punto Banco. Where these 3 variations came from remains elusive, but we do know that Punto Banco is the most widespread version of this classic casino game.

Nothing captures the concept of the wheel of fortune like a game of Roulette. Originating from France, the roulette wheel was conceived by the French Physicist Blaise Pascal. We do have to note that making a new casino game wasn’t the goal of the renowned physicist. Instead, he wanted to make a mechanism to prove his developing theory of perpetual motion.

But the wheel was such a work of complexity that it eventually became a platform of different wheel and card games present throughout Europe. And throughout time, the Roulette we know came to be albeit with symbols that gave it a different gameplay.

The Roulette has a rich history behind it. Contrary to baccarat and blackjack, its development is well document. It is one interesting game when you think about it: It originally was meant to prove a perpetual motion theory. But through serendipity, it simply gave way to turn the wheels of fortune with another exciting casino table game!

Pop Culture

Pop culture has paid homage to the tantalizing wonders casinos and gambling itself offer. Film has taken several inspirations from casinos. Top of the list in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 blockbuster hit “Casino” where two big players fight for control over a gambling empire. Or if you want an underdog story, the 1965 classic “The Cincinnati Kid” follows the rise of a small-time poker player making it big. But if something more recent is your cup of tea, the thrills of 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven” will surely put the very essence of a risky gamble to the test!

Art imitates life, or to the gambler it’s the other way around. Pop culture has acknowledged the fantasies every casino seeks to realize. From the grandeur of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to reliving the flowing romance of Venice in the Venetian Macao, casinos breathe life into the fantasies unlocked by the sweet ecstasy of a jackpot win every gambler dreams of.