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Gambling in China

The Evolution of Gambling in China

When you think about gambling, you probably picture some nicely designed online casinos, online slots, table games and dices, with some awesome winning combinations. But have you ever wondered where gambling actually came from? One thing is certain - gambling has been around since the ancient times, but it is generally believed it all started in China and has eventually spread across the world. Now let’s travel through history and learn something from the ancient roots of gambling.

Early Evidences of Gambling

Although we don’t know the exact year, there are certain indications that gambling started as a form of entertainment in ancient China, around 2300 B.C. Other evidences, on other hand, show that gambling was also present in Egypt, where a pair of ivory dice was found from around the 1500 B.C. Furthermore, some tablets inside the pyramids in Giza have writings where gambling is mentioned.

Various Popular Games Came from China

The ancient Chinese are the ones famous for inventing Cards. More precisely, this civilization is responsible for making paper, which led them to creating paper money. Soon after creating it, they learned how to shuffle paper money and that was practically the start of shuffling playing cards.

One of the most popular ancient forms of gambling products is Keno, which was played in China, more than 2,000 years ago. Also, some findings prove that the game was initially called “white pigeon ticket.” What’s more, it is believed that Chinese people invented the first card games decorated with human forms.

Likewise, the basis of some of today’s popular table games such as Blackjack and Poker are also thought to have been invented in China. Other famous games included Wei-Qi, Mahjong, Yue Har Hai and a domino game called Xuan He Pai. This game, as well as a card game Ma Diao Pai (invented during the Ming dynasty), became the basis for the Mahjong game that we know today.

Gambling in China Nowadays

Being generally accepted by the modern society, gambling is hugely popular activity in many parts of the world today. Particularly, in China, social gambling in the form of Mahjong is common, therefore public lottery games have increased in popularity lately. Apart from lottery, horse racing and football betting have also become very popular in Macau and Hong Kong. However, Macau is the only territory in China where casino gambling is currently legalised.

Since 2007, Macau has surpassed Las Vegas as the biggest gaming city in the world. Today players can enjoy casino games, greyhound racing, sports betting and lotteries that are available across Macau’s 33 casinos. The popular games include roulette, blackjack, baccarat, boule, Sic bo, Fan Tan, keno as well as poker, online slots and live games. Not to mention there’s a land-based casino for every square kilometre, which makes Macau the official capital of global gambling today.

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