From Ancient Times to the Internet Casino

Casino games didn't just come out of nowhere. Every game has a history. Some go back to ancient times, and some are more recent inventions, but every game originated somewhere, developed over time, and culminated in the Internet casino games that we play today.

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Learning about their history won't necessarily help you win the Internet casino games, but it could enhance your casino experience in other ways. We at First Web Casino believe that the more you know about the games — including their origins and history — the more you will appreciate the games as they exist in their modern form and the more fun you will have in the Internet casino.

So click the links below to read on and learn the incredible histories of casino games.

History of Baccarat
Based on an often deadly pagan ritual in medieval Italy, Baccarat developed into a nonviolent card game whose popularity spread throughout Europe and the rest of the world. While traditional Baccarat was thought of as a game for high rollers only, Internet Baccarat is a game that everyone can enjoy.

History of Blackjack
Blackjack is based on the French card game Vingt-et-un. It got its name when American casinos started offering special bonuses for a hand comprising the Ace and Jack of Spades. Today there are many Internet Blackjack variations at First Web Casino, including Classic Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack, and Pontoon.

History of Roulette
The roulette wheel was invented by a 17th-century French mathematician in search of a perpetual motion machine. The perpetual motion experiment was a failure, but the game of roulette was a great success. American, European, and French variations developed, as well as progressive jackpot Roulette Royale, while the physical roulette apparatus was adapted to the Internet Roulette games.

History of Keno
Keno is an ancient Chinese game. It is said that Keno was used as a fund-raiser to finance the construction of the Great Wall of China. Chinese immigrants brought the game to America, where it was simplified and numbers were used in place of Chinese characters. So now you don't have to know Chinese to enjoy playing Keno or Internet Keno.

History of Poker
Poker developed from the Persian game of As-nas, the English game of Brag, and the Spanish game of Primero, which itself spawned the French and German games Poque and Pochen. All of these influences came together in the melting pot of America to form the modern game of poker. Today there are many variations of land-based and Internet poker.

History of 3-Card Poker
Three-card poker is a 20th-century game that was created to satisfy the demand for a faster moving game by some gamblers who felt that traditional poker, with multiple dealing and betting rounds, was too time consuming. Internet 3-card poker is now one of the most popular games in the Internet casino.

History of Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker was created in California in the 1980s. It mixes elements of the traditional Chinese domino game Pai Gow and the all-American card game Poker, and adds a few special features of its own. From California it spread to the world and then to cyberspace, where it became Internet Bonus Pai Gow Poker.

History of Slot Machines
The first slot machine was invented in San Francisco in the 1890s. Known as the "one-armed bandit," it was a heavy cast iron machine with a mechanical lever you had to pull. The slot machine later became computerized, with a Random Number Generator instead of a lever. Today there are hundreds of Internet slot machines, including progressive jackpot slots and UK-style fruit machines, with themes and story lines to appeal to every taste.

History of Craps
While people were throwing cubes carved from animal bones — the first primitive dice — in ancient China, ancient Egypt, and ancient Rome, the actual game of Craps derives from the Arabic game of Hazard, brought back to Europe by the crusaders. There are also some interesting theories on how it got the name "Craps." Vegas Craps is now the most popular variation, and that is the Internet Craps game offered at First Web.

History of Casino War
The traditional game of War was usually played by the little ones against their friends or siblings. War was changed to Internet Casino War, a gambling game for grown-ups in which you can win real cash payouts instead of winning your opponent's cards.

History of Scratch Cards
Scratch cards were invented in the U.S. in the 1970s as a state lottery game to raise money for public education. They caught on like wild fire, their use spread to many states and countries and private charities, and now you can even play Internet scratch cards for real money.

History of Sic Bo
The 3-dice game of Sic Bo originated many centuries ago in ancient China, although modern casino Sic Bo was also influenced by the English game of Birdcage. Although not as well known as Craps — the other casino dice game — Internet Sic Bo is slowly gaining followers around the world.

History of Video Poker
The first real video poker machines appeared in the 1960s, developed from the basic idea of the slot machine but with the addition of the all-important Draw feature, which enables you to keep the cards you like and trade in the ones you don't as you try to fashion a winning poker hand. When the Internet casinos were introduced in the 1990s, Internet video poker was one of the first games to be included.

And Play the Internet Casino Games

Go ahead and read the in-depth histories of each of the casino games discussed above. The articles are interesting and informative. Then, when you're finished reading, go ahead and play the Internet casino games with a renewed appreciation of where they came from. The games are fun and exciting, and you could win real cash jackpots.

Enjoy learning and enjoy playing at First Web Internet Casino.