What is a Gambling Establishment?
In the simplest terms, a Gambling Establishment is any facility in which gambling occurs. It could be a casino, a bookmaker, a bingo hall, a card room, a horse- or greyhound-racing track, or any other such facility in which bets are placed.
The West’s first ever Gambling Establishment was the Ridotto, in Venice, Italy, and the practice soon after spread to America, where locals established what they called saloons.
These led to the spread of the practice and the initial foundation of modern-day Gambling Establishments.
Gambling Establishments Explained
A Gambling Establishment is exactly what it says on the tin: an establishment in which gambling is permitted to occur.
Under this bracket come land-based casinos, card rooms, bingo halls, bookies, racing tracks, and many other physical locations in which a person can stake wagers.
When people say Gambling Establishment, they are most often referring to the land-based casino. These are alternatively called gambling houses and are thought to date back to the 17th century.
The first Gambling Establishment – which was not, at that time, called a casino – is thought to have been the Ridotto of Venice, Italy, which was founded in 1638 by the Great Council of Venice. It was located in a private wing of the Palazzo Dandolo and owned by the Italian government.
Interestingly, it was set up in an attempt to control the practice of gambling during the island’s carnival season. But the Ridotto lasted only 136 years before closing.
Elsewhere in the world, early Gambling Establishments were known as saloons – particularly in America. Implicated in their rise to prominence were the cities of Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and St. Louis. It was here that travelers set down to drink, converse, and gamble.
In the very early 20th century, American officials made the practice illegal, but a short time later in 1931, gambling was legalized in Nevada.
This state is now the country’s largest and most successful gambling hub, filled to the brim with modern-day Gambling Establishments.