Whether you love busting blackjack dealers or spinning roulette wheels, you know that nothing beats the thrills of the casino. Casinos have been entertaining gamblers for centuries. However, since the doors of the first casino opened in 1638, the casino – and the way we play casino games – has evolved phenomenally.
Early European casinos in areas like Baden Baden, Germany, and Monte Carlo, Monaco, were built more like palaces than gambling houses. Grand interiors, high-stakes gaming tables and elegant dress codes made them hugely popular with aristocrats and the upper classes throughout the 18th and 19th century.
The gambling scene across the pond remained far less glamorous during that time. The first casino on America soil didn’t open until 1931, when Nevada lifted a gambling ban that had formerly been imposed on every state. Vegas quickly became a hotspot for gambling tourism, attracting gamblers from all walks of life – not just the upper classes.
The Mafia were quick to cash in on Vegas’ popularity, using their influence to transform dingy casinos into all-singing-all-dancing casino resorts that drew big stars like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to the strip. It pathed the way for the casino mega resorts we see there today.
You can find out more about the evolution of the casino by checking out the below infographic, brought to you by the bgo Slots Online Casino.