Famous gamblers in history

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September 15, 2019
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The world of gambling has been a glamorous one over the years, and up until recent times, the history of it is even more so. Playing games for prizes has been something we’ve done since the dawn of time it seems, and up until the 18th century, this was without restrictions for everybody. It’s been suggested that casinos opened up to the public for play in as early as the 17th century, and in 1638 there were restrictions placed on this in Venice. A vast difference from the online casinos we have now such as Slotsbaby.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when gambling was introduced to the mainstream, but it is suggested it’s been around since as far back as 500 BC and made the prevalent choice of gaming by the Romans until we got video games.

However, the earliest proven gambling event happened in Ancient China, in 2300 BC. Tiles were found which alluded to this, and it’s said these formed a kind of lottery game in which groups of players would gather and play to win a prize or money.

Who are the most famous gamblers in history?

There’s plenty of resources online and in your local library books that will provide information about famous gamblers in history, but here we will talk about the most well-known and why they became famous gamblers in history, to begin with.

You may or may not have heard of media legend Kerry Packer, a highly successful businessman based in Australia who established the World Series Cricket. He’s mostly remembered for his gambling on horses, placing the largest bets as well as gambling all over Vegas and other places across the globe. He died in 2005 at the age of 68, but one particular story that still rings to this day is when he allegedly arrived at a casino with a table booked, but a blunder meant that the key had been misplaced.

The admiration for Mr. Packer was so much so that the dealer smashed the lock off with a crystal ashtray so that the game would go ahead.

Another famous gambler in history that you might already know of, albeit from cautionary tales, is about a Greek man named Nick Dandolos. Born in 1883 to a rich family, with an allowance from which, he lived in Chicago for a time before moving to Montreal and placing bets on horse racing. He won large amounts from this but lost it all upon his return to Chicago, where he gambled during dice and card games. He learned the gameplay and won and lost sporadically, going from rags to riches to riches to rags all throughout his time.

Last but not least, though better known as ‘Empress of the soul’, in Gladys Knight’s autobiography, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story, to was claimed that Ms. Knight had been addicted to betting on sports and baccarat for nearly a decade, the irony of which wasn’t lost in the media, as the entertainer starred in many films like Twenty Bucks after a twenty year reign in the music industry.

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