Game is a very peculiar side of the human life that has its own laws, which do not fit into the framework of traditional logic. Here reigns His Majesty Chance and everything is relative the weak can defeat the strong, the cunning can make a fool of himself, the poor can become rich, and vice versa.
Gamble opens up new possibilities of the personality, which are often not displayed in ordinary life. Almost everybody wants to get rich at once, without any efforts. Game gives a hope for this, but luck is destiny of the chosen ones.
Origins of the game.
Game and gamble has followed the humanity since its first steps. A grain of gamble is evident almost in everything, starting from hunting in the primitive society and up to major financial deals in the 21st century. Elements of game are inherent to many competitions and entertainments, which our forefathers arranged. For example, it is evident in competitions in strength and deftness, which were later transformed into famous tournaments. Later on the first gambling games appeared. They were based on the element of chance, trying ones destiny.
The historians believe that the very first game was casting various stones, shells, animals bones these objects were the prototypes of the dice. Documental evidence of the first games is stored in the British Museum. Among this evidence are dice, made by an unknown Egyptian craftsman from the elephants tusk 16th century B.C. and a board for playing draughts, also called checkers which belonged to the queen Hatchepsut 1600 B.C..
Historical evidence attests that all ancient civilizations played dice. Astragalus,i.e. fetlocks of the animals, were mostly used as dice. The word astragalus also referred to tetrahedral bricks with indentations, which more resembled modern dice hexahedral bricks with somewhat rounded corners, in which the opposite facets, when added up, always amount to seven.
In the old days the people played odd and even, cast dice in the circle or threw them, trying to hit certain openings. Dice were also widely used for fortune telling. It is also interesting that the players treated dice with nearly reverent trepidation, as if the dice were alive the players talked to them, whispered charms and tried to persuade them to bring victory.
Since their emergence dice almost at once became one of the most venturesome gambling games. The players placed everything in their bet money, things, dwelling and even freedom ancient Germans who lost in dice humbly became slaves. At the same time there appeared various lawful bans on this seemingly harmless game. For instance, in the 3rd century B.C. the first known in history law against gambling games was adopted. It was called Lex aleatoria alea means a die.
In Ancient Greece there was a legend that the Olympic gods divided the spheres of influence by casting lots Zeus got the Olympus, Poseidon received the ocean, and Hades came to rule the underworld. The laws of Ancient Rome formally forbade gambling games, but there was no specific punishment for violation of the ban. The only penalty for the players was the right of the defeated player to reclaim everything he lost, if he though that he was wrongly or unfairly defeated. Officially the games were allowed only once a year, during the Saturnalia annual festivities in honour of the god Saturn.
Throughout the years the significance of the game increased. There appeared new game contrivances, for example cards. Some researchers argue that the first playing cards appeared in China. In the Chinese dictionary, Ching tsze tung 1678, mentions that cards were created in 1120 according to the Christian chronology, and in 1132 they were already widely used. Cards at those times were long and narrow plates with numbers from 1 to 14 on them. Four suits symbolized four seasons, and the number of cards 52 corresponded to the number of weeks in the year.
The prototype of the modern deck of cards is the Tarot cards. The first documentary witness that we know of refers to 1254, when Saint Louis issued an edict that forbade card game within France under the fear of punishment with a whip.
Other researchers call Egypt the homeland of cards. The Tarot deck was used for fortune telling. It had 78 sheets arkana 22 seniors and 56 juniors. The pictures on the senior arkans correspond to golden tables, which are preserved in the dungeon of the god Tote in Egypt. Their names are as follows 1. Fool 2. Magician 3. Priestess 4. Hostess 5. Host 6. High priest 7. Lovers 8. Chariot 9. Power 10. Hermit 11. The wheel of fortune 12. Justice 13. The hanged man 14. Death 15. Abstinence 16. Devil 17. Tower 18. Star 19. Moon 20. Sun 21. Court 22. Peace.
It is considered that cards reached Europe in the 10 11th century, during the crusades to the Near East. Other argue that the majority of card games were born in France, which is called the homeland of European cards. The first factory made deck of Tarot cards included 56 cards of four suits swords, wands, money and cups. Besides there were 22 trump cards with numbers from 1 to 21. Every card had a name of its own the emperor, the empress, the nun, the conjurer, the fool etc. Thus, the deck incorporated 97 cards. Gradually it was substituted by new cards, which more closely resembled the modern ones.
It is surprising that the symbols of suits and the suits themselves did not change since 15th century. In the Middle Ages card games were very popular among various strata of population, ranging from a kings court to the common people. By the way, in those times cards were not only a means to beguile the time, but also a symbol of the society structure hearts embodied the priests, diamonds meant the bourgeoisie, spades represented officers and aristocracy, clubs referred to the peasants.
Modern card games poker, blackjack arose in the U.S. in the second half of the 19th century. It is difficult to name them all. There are card games for adults and children, games for training logic and wit and there are games just to beguile the time. The more mature is the individual, the more complex are the games he plays. Having become financially independent, he lets loose his gamble makes bets, plays in the lotteries, makes bets on the totalizator and finally funds himself in the very temple of game, the casino. Here the individual totally submits to the game, which sharpens his feelings and emotions and makes him forget everything, but the green cloth and roulette wheel. The thirst for such feelings lures again and again those people, who have at least once been in the casino. Meanwhile, the skeptics say If you want to win in the casino, buy one of those.