Take a walk down through the annals of gambling history with BetBright!
From the Ancient Egyptians right through to modern-day desktop, tablet and mobile betting innovations, the history of gambling has a long and chequered past.
Let us take you on a journey through some of the more illustrious landmarks through the ages as our helpful infographic plots out some key events which we hope you’ll find fascinating!
Timeline of key events in the history of gambling
3000 B.C. – Thoth, ‘God of Night’ gambled with the moon, winning five new days to add to the existing Egyptian calendar of 360 days.
We’re assuming the extra leap year day was the moon’s pioneering take on free bet loyalty bonuses.
1631 – London’s first aqueduct water supply is built with funds raised by lottery.
We’re currently working on ‘a bridge’ as one of our main Novaball prizes. Watch this space.
1752 – The first steeplechase took place in Cork in 1752, from the steeple of St. John’s Protestant Church in Buttevant to St. Mary’s in Doneraile (4.5 miles away).
It was a two-horse challenge between rivals Blake and O’Callaghan. They raced between the steeples clearing whatever fences and obstacles they encountered.
Nice to see their spirit reincarnated within messrs Walsh and McCoy to this day.
1834 – First published reference to poker (as a Mississipi riverboat game).
What a difference 180 years makes, with ‘About 34,300,000 results’ appearing for a quick Google search on the term ‘Poker’!
1880 – The French national lottery completes funding for the Statue of Liberty.
A wiley Scottish conman named Arthur Ferguson later tries to sell to a visiting Australian, landing him in prison.
1891 – A company named Sittman and Pitt in Brooklyn, New York, sells the first poker-playing slot machine. The future of automated gambling games looks bright.
1908 – Harry Bensley begins a walk around the world on a wager of £21,000. The conditions imposed on him are to wear an iron mask for the entire journey, push a pram and marry while on the route.
He sets out from Trafalgar Square in London, England. (Six years later, his walk ends due to outbreak of war in Europe).
We’re none the wiser as to whether he returned with the pram, iron mask and a wife and won the bet or not!
1956 – In England, a government-run lottery is introduced. It wasn’t a patch on Novaball.
1976 – Gaming machines start using microprocessors storing programmes with information to determine game outcome; the birth of fixed odds betting terminals, or FOBTs.
1994 – A woman in Brazil burns her winning lottery ticket worth £50,000 after a church minister said she would go to hell if she took the ‘Devil’s money’.
Our source doesn’t stipulate whether he actually offered to ‘burn it for her’ and disappeared without a trace the following day.
1999 – UK Ladbrokes betting shop pays out £194,400 to an individual in Newport, South Wales. He placed a £30 bet in 1989 on five events to happen in the 1990’s, all of which did happen (Cliff Richard knighted, music group U2 to stay together, EastEnders, Neighbours and Home and Away all to remain on TV).
We share this bookies’ pain in that prophecy coming to pass; those shows are still running!
2013 – A new world record for the biggest jackpot win in gambling was set in January. A 40-year-old man in Helsinki won £17,861,813 playing the Mega Fortune online casino game.
Soon afterwards, BetBright unveils plans to roll out BetBright Casino, it’s unclear whether that particular game will feature!
2014 – BetBright.com, the new and exciting player on the online gambling scene, unveils the BetBright Blog, through which thousands of happy punters are kept informed, engaged and entertained throughout the course of their week as they trawl the web in search of great online betting value and offers..
OK, wait, we kind of took creative license there, but, you know, it is our blog! 🙂