Gambling Gambling has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Greeks, Romans, and Indians wrote about their gambling activities. We may never be able to identify the true origins of gambling but evidence of gambling dates back to 2300 BC in China. A pair of ivory dice from 1500 BC were also unearthed in Egypt.

Country boundaries were even decided through games of chance; King Olaf of Sweden and King Olaf of Norway rolled dice to decide ownership of the Hisling district in 1000 AD. King Henry the VIII of England was one monarch well acquainted with games of chance. Gambling was a regular feature of his court, with bear-baiting, bull-baiting, and cock-fighting being the most popular betting activities.

When England was preparing for war, Henry outlawed gambling for a time, since his soldiers were spending too much time betting and not enough time drilling for war. However, after his fall from a horse at age 44, Henry once again turned to less strenuous entertainments, and in two short years, he lost £3,250 on cards!

In the early history of the United States, the colonies and territories tried to ban gambling, but as the pioneers quickly discovered, cards and games of chance were great relaxation for tired workers. History shows that gambling is something every generation has enjoyed!

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