An overview of the history of gambling

Gambling brings out a spirit of adventure in men. This is evident in the lives of people of Canada back from those of the First Nations. John Cabot did more than discovering North America; he discovered ancient tribes that indulged in gambling, centuries before Europeans grounded on this land.

The first gambling laws

The first gambling lawsThe Canadian Criminal Code restricted all forms of gambling in 1892. This was a brief setback for an amendment in 1910.It allowed a form of betting in which a part of a stake of a winner went to state. Raffles and bingo got a go-ahead and next, horse racing also got the nod. Fairs got a permission to hold and enjoy the gambling events in 1925.

Government Initiative in gaming

As we enter this 20th century, Canada remains at the forefront of this game of chance. Amendments in the legislation of public lotteries in 1969 and transfer of control from federal to provincial jurisdiction in 1985 ushered in a new era in this gaming field. Both provincial and federal governments ran lotteries in order to do funding for special projects. Thus, casinos are found in most of the provinces of Canada. The government-owned most but private operators ran a few.

Wide acceptance of betting

Wide acceptance of betting

In Nevada, Las Vegas opened its doors to gamblers, and this signaled an open age for betting. In Canada, betting on individual sports events was the most popular form of betting. Most of this gambling revenue went to organized crime. Most swindlers used cheating techniques in gaming houses, and law enforcement never caught them. Over time, gaming has become a pleasurable, leisure-time activity widely accepted in all walks of society.                                                                                                                   

Increase in number of gaming centers

By 2001, Canada had permits for bingo hall numbering over 1,800, slot machines more than 31,000, with 32,000 centers for lottery tickets, and 59 established casinos. More importantly, online casinos have brought this game of chances to the houses of millions – something that land casinos could never do. Dream Vegas, Casumo Casino, LeoVegas Casino, and Dunder Casino are some examples of online Canada Casinos.

More casinos are underway

Recently, the government authorized several casinos in Ontario. In 2001, in the World Series of Poker, we had a little over 600 participants in the main event. In 2012, more than 6,500 players took part.

For many players, playing online is not the same as going to a casino. One is like eating from a drive-in restaurant while other is like going to a real 5-star restaurant. Many people play poker for a living today, something that was unthinkable just a decade ago.