The exact origin of gambling still remains unknown. The Chinese recorded the first official account of this in 2300 BC, but it is believed that activity of gambling in any kind, has been seen in almost every society of human history. From the Ancient Greeks, to Caesar's Rome, Napoleon's France to the American Civil War has there occurred gambling activities in a way or another. One of the first real casinos was ever the CasinO di Venezia, which was founded in Venice around 1638, and is still around today.
Many games that we combine with a casino are descendants of previous games. The French of the sixteenth century became adhesive at the Egyptian game of roulette, while Napoleon took interest in the card game "vingt-et-un" more known as Blackjack or 21. The English however developed a game called hazard, the foundation of today's popular dice throwing game craps. Poker games are believed to have originated from a mix of ancient influences including Persian, Italian, and English games of chance. Further more, the French included betting techniques, and the concept of bluffing developed by the British.
In American history thought, the early casinos were originally known as saloons. The creation of the saloons was heavily influenced by the four major cities New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis. Louis. Here travelers could find people to talk with, drink with, and gamble with. During the 20th century in America, gambling became outlawed and banned. However, in gambling was legalized through the sate of Nevada, and Las Vegas in 1931. In 1978, New Jersey allowed gambling in Atlantic City, which now is the Americas second largest gambling city. Other regional places for gambling in the US are Mississippi, Tunica Resorts and in the Gulf Coast region around Biloxi.