Historians and archaeologists have found evidence that humans had a passion for gambling since prehistoric times. And although a significant part of the world’s population regularly considers this method of leisure as vicious and immoral, the rest will always find ways to fulfill their gambling needs. It is worth noting that since the mid-90s, it has become much easier to implement them than ever. It was then, with the popularization of the Internet, online casinos opened their doors to everyone, regardless of their age, status, place of residence, etc.d. Now, in order to enjoy your favorite game, it is not at all necessary to even leave the house.
Antigua and Barbuda is a small Caribbean state that had a huge impact on the emergence of online gambling through the adoption in 1994 of a law under which it was able to issue appropriate licenses to entrepreneurs who would like to open an online casino. And although the first virtual gambling establishments began to appear only almost 2 years later, these events foreshadowed a real revolution in the gambling world.
Who was the first?
To date, it is not known for certain which online casino was the first. It opened in 1995 and offered 18 games, according to the University of North Carolina. Other sources claim that the first virtual casino started operations a year earlier and had several Microgaming software products. There is also a third version: they both began to function around 1996. This opinion has a full right to life, because, be that as it may, online gambling was not very popular until 1997. By the end of this year, there were already about 200 such sites on the Internet. A year later, official research confirmed the fact that the online casino industry in 1998 had about $ 800 million in turnover. Since then, it was already a full-fledged world in the virtual space and it developed very rapidly.
Sports sites are also directly related to the development of the online gambling industry. The first company to do this kind of business was InterTops, which started operating in 1996. Her example inspired hundreds of followers around the world. Despite all sorts of legal twists and turns, this industry is developing to this day.
In 2003, a man with the pseudonym Chris Moneymaker became the personification of the new American dream. Having learned to play poker online, Chris later became the winner of one of the World Series of Poker tournaments. Thousands of people around the world wanted to follow his example. Resources such as Party Poker, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were especially popular among Moneymaker’s American henchmen. But that was until the fateful 2011, in which the US government banned sites of a similar orientation to serve their compatriots.
The future of online gambling
Due to legal aspects, in most countries of the world, real casinos have changed their real registration to a virtual one for several years. Today, for the development of online gambling, there are many auxiliary factors: among them smartphones, ultra-high-speed Internet, the bitcoin system and virtual reality technologies. Surely a new gambling revolution is just around the corner.