Gambling on the Frontier in 19th-Century America

The heyday of gambling in the west lasted from 1850-1910. Introduction The frontier gambler is one of the most recognizable stock characters of the 19th century American frontier. Historically, gamblers were of both sexes, came from a variety of professions and class and geographical backgrounds, were of many different nationalities, and were part of a[…]

A History of Gambling in the United States

A look at gambling and gaming since the colonial period. Colonial Gambling Games of chance came to the British-American colonies with the first settlers.[1] Attitudes toward gambling varied greatly from community to community, but there were no large-scale restrictions on the practice at the time. By the 1680s, an emerging upper class in Virginia cemented[…]

From the First Casino in History to Lessons in Modern Play

Gambling and playing casino games have been a favourite pastime for many people across the globe since time immemorial. From Italy to Egypt, gamers explored an array of games that attracted many fans. In 1638, Venice, Italy saw the introduction of its first brick and mortar or land-based casino, Ridotto. The casino opened doors for[…]

Is Shoeless Joe Jackson Innocent? The Black Sox Scandal 100 Years Later

What do Pete Rose, Rob Manfred, Barry Bonds, and Ted Williams have in common? Why, Shoeless Joe Jackson, of course. By Granville Wyche Burgess Major League Baseball has had its share of controversies and scandals, but perhaps none has had a more lasting impact than the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. At the center of[…]