History of Gambling in USA

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The Beginnings

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1492

The first traces of gambling in the form of horse racing

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1600s

Gambling got the fame among the elite of the USA of that time

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Beginning of 18th century

The ban of gambling by religion and evolution of the gambling activities

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Lotteries

390 lotteries in 13 colonies after the religious ban

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American Revolution

Ban of the lotteries by British Crown

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Results

The gambling activities were not banned totally and continued to be practiced by the local population

National Trends

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Awakenings

The new boom of gambling in the USA during the Second Awakening and the Third Awakening.

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New Orleans Activities
  • Sports betting
  • Lotteries
  • Cock-fight bets
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New Restrictions

Moralists tended to restrict gambling in New Orleans as it seemed to be sinful

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The Moralists

Moralists tended to ban gambling because of its sinful nature and violation of all laws

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Courts

The decisions of the courts tended to support both Moralists and gamblers

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Anti-Gambling
Movements
  • The lotteries shut down
  • Sport betting is banned

Gold Rush

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1840s and 1850s

The development of gold rush led to the spread of casino activities

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1850

The gambling got new fame in San Francisco, and the city turned to the one of the most popular in the country

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California Law

In the 1850s, the law in California became stricter, and gambling got illegal. It had to be secret.

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Appeal

Because of being banned by the law, some illegal gambling venues were run to satisfy the gambling demand.

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West Settlement

New gambling centers in Kansas City, Deadwood, and South Dakota.

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Elite

The gamblers in those cities became richer and were turned into elite population

The End Of The 19th Century

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Civil War Impact

The development of the new classes in gambling emerged

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Science

The usage of the telegraphs simplified gambling and advanced it to the new level

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Social Classes in Gambling

The elite class participated in gambling was adjusted by the working class

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Chicago

The development of bordellos was another means to evolve the casino activities and emerge of some negative social phenomena

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Adult Entertainment

Brothels and bordellos gave rise to the appearance of racketeers.

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Racketeers

Racketeers took over the adult entertainment venues to accumulate additional income

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New Legislation

The new legislation was needed to stop the negative phenomena

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Results

By the end of the 19th century gambling shaped legally and all of the traces of racketeers were vanished

20th Century

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Gangsters

Number games and Italian lotteries led by criminals got popular

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Credits Possible

At the beginning of the 20th century one could take loans to gamble

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Popular Games

Policy games, Horse racing, Slot machines, Betting parlors, Gambling houses

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Turning Point

1920s and 1930s were the turning point in US gambling flourishing

The Timeline

1870s–1900s
Saratoga Springs got legal to gamble in the USA
1920s–1930s
Legalization in Cleveland
1931
Legalization in Nevada
1945
Opening of resort venues in Las Vegas
1949
Gambling legalized in South Maryland
1977
Atlantic City got legal for gambling
1992
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed
1996
Gambling got legal in Detroit, Michigan
2000s
The legalization of online gambling in the US
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