Gambling in the United States
Games like Roulette and Vingt-et-un (Blackjack) arrived in the US with early settlers from France.
Steam boats on the Mississippi became the venue of gambling for wealthy farmers and traders.
A version of poker, having originated in 17th century Persia, was being played in New Orleans in 1829.
- The first gambling machine was developed by Sittman and Pitt in New York, and around the same time the Liberty Bell machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco.
- The first video slot was invented in 1976, which paved the way for the online video slots that followed.
- In 1994, Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade & Processing Act, allowing licenses to be granted to organizations applying to open online casinos.
- Before online casinos, the first fully functional gambling software was developed by Microgaming (one of the largest casino and slot game developers in the world today), an Isle of Man-based software company. This was secured with software developed by CryptoLogic, an online security software company. Safe transactions became viable and led to the first online casinos in 1994.
- 1996 saw the establishment of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which regulated online gaming activity from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and issues gaming licenses to many of the world’s online casinos and poker rooms. This is an attempt to keep the operations of licensed online gambling organizations fair and transparent.
- Multiplayer online gambling was introduced in 1999.
- The first live dealer casinos appeared in 2003 courtesy of Playtech, which created a hybrid of ‘brick and mortar casinos’ and the virtual world.
- Technological advances have attracted a new generation of players. Evidence suggests that internet users are using their desktops less and are more inclined to use handheld devices. The same can be said of those who enjoy online gambling and enjoy playing their favorite games whilst on the move. The top gambling sites have recognized this shift in usage and now there are many more opportunities for mobile online gambling.
- Mobile devices are preferred by players for their convenience, players have immediate access to betting options, and online gambling and social networks are on the same mobile platforms, as operators recognize the growing interaction between the social network and gambling.