History of traditional casinos
Let's take a closer look at the origin of the term "casino". The term "casino" refers to a public space used for gambling and other entertainment. As a rule, casinos are located near restaurants, shopping centers, large hotels and other places that attract people and tourists.
Occurrence and role
The etymology of the word "casino" comes from the Italian "casa". This word means "home", but in Italy it was used to refer to a mansion, farmhouse or pavilion. A little later, the word was used to refer to a building offering different types of services: gambling, listening to music, dancing, drinking and other entertainment.
In the 19th century, the term "casino" was used to refer to other buildings that were used for sporting events, concerts and other entertainment. An example of this is the Newport Casino in Road Island, Newport.
It should be noted that at that time not all casinos were used for gaming purposes. The casinos met the different requirements of their customers. For example, Copenhagen Casino was a theater. Its concert hall was used for public gatherings during the European Revolution. Until the mid-1900s, it was a popular theater in Denmark. Hanko Casino in Finland has never been used for gaming purposes. It was a gourmet restaurant and spa resort that still attracts gourmets from all over the world today. Catalina Casino, which is located on the Los Angeles coast in Avalon, has never served as a gambling site. It is the most recognizable landmark of the city of Avalon. It has a theater, museum and concert hall.
It is difficult to name the exact date of the emergence of gambling. But everyone knows that they first appeared in China in 2300 BC. It is also a well-known fact that gambling has existed in almost every society, country and nation. Games of chance were famous in Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and later spread throughout Europe.
Ridotto (founded in 1638 in Italy) was the first casino in Europe. It offered free gambling free money games during the carnival. But in 1770 it was closed due to anti-gambling sentiments and the authorities issued laws and bans on gambling.
The first casinos in the United States developed in local lounges where drinks were served, music played loudly, and gambling flourished. The most popular local gambling centers were New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis.