The precise origin of gambling is unknown. Nearly every society in history, from Ancient Greeks and Romans to Napoleon’s France and Elizabethan England, enjoyed their own variations of games of chance. It is believed that the first known European gambling house was the Ridotto in Italy, established in 1638, by the Great Council of Venice. In 19th century America, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco were the four cities that hosted early gambling until eventually being outlawed. Nevada broke the ice in 1931, receiving the first lawful gambling permit. By 1976, gambling had spread throughout the world.
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