Casino Information, Craps, Gambling History

Governments worldwide were increasingly taking control of gambling activities. We now know the underlying reason. Almost all of them placed the responsibility for this control with the controlling (semi-) government agencies and gambling operators. They had to (and must) protect citizens against gambling-related damage.

These authorities and entrepreneurs all gave their own interpretation. Numerous studies have been carried out. And gambling operators took many initiatives aimed at responsible gambling. However, after studying many studies, the anthropologists conclude that there is still little clarity about the causes of problematic gambling. Or that at least among scientists there is a lot of criticism of each other’s conclusions.

Cultural differences per country

An important part of the differences in conclusions can be attributed to cultural differences. We wrote about that before. In one country or continent, players mainly engage in slot machines, while in another, people mainly participate in lotteries or bet on sports. The sources of gambling income therefore differ from country to country. But also the environment and thus the influences on, for example, gambling addiction.

After all, it makes a difference whether you are in a casino, with friends around you, playing a slot machine, in a cafe with a beer in your hand or at home behind your PC. And where in the Netherlands you can buy a state lottery ticket on every corner of the street, and find other entertainment, you have to go a long way through the snow in Lapland. Thanks to online it all becomes easier, but the physical environment continues to play an important role.

And that, according to some anthropologists, is not always properly valued. That does not have to be a problem with local research. But it goes without saying that this is the case with the worldwide takeover of a resolving initiative against limiting problematic gambling.

Health care

Governments, several researchers note, have thus increasingly taken control of gambling activities in recent years. An important reason for this is the gambling income that contributes to the economy. They gained control with the main argument of preventing gambling damage to the inhabitants. However, there are major differences in approach, based on major differences in research conclusions. Too little account is taken of cultural (gambling) differences .

But despite the differences in approach and conclusions from research, gambling has gradually become part of public health in almost all countries. While you would think that gambling belongs to the economy or a ministry of sports and recreation. By making it part of public health, the emphasis will be on preventing and / or treating problem gambling and gambling addiction. And not the pleasure of the majority of residents playing slots, a game of roulette or waiting for the outcome of a sports bet or lottery.


Over the past five years, this has resulted in more and more criticism of government policy. This criticism differs per country, based on the measures taken. But there is also general criticism. In addition, even researchers point to the methods of research into problematic gambling, for example. They believe that too much research takes place in isolated situations, where a gambling environment has been artificially simulated. There is therefore little or no realistic gambling environment.

Another point of criticism is the still ambiguous definition of ‘responsible gambling’. After all, that is the vague concept under which many governments, often equally vague, want to regulate matters such as problem gambling, gambling addiction and the like. Due to the lack of clarity, treatment in one country is in the hands of a GGD or addiction aid agency , while in another country a psychiatrist comes directly into the picture. Incidentally, the fact that in some countries research is directed from a specialism such as psychiatry also leads to objections. The criticism is then ‘heavy artillery and preaching for your own parish’.


Recent history has seen a shift worldwide towards greater government control. With, perhaps under false pretenses, a great deal of attention for problematic gambling behavior. In recent years, there has been more criticism of that attention. That does not alter the fact that governments must protect their residents against gambling-related damage. They mainly placed the responsibility for this on gambling authorities, various online gambling operators and of course the player himself.

The worldwide discussion will continue for a while. In the meantime, gambling entrepreneurs continue to change history with new or modified games grand dragon lotto, thanks to ongoing technological developments. And the vast majority of players look for fun at a game of poker , a bet or the push of a button on a slot machine without problematic consequences .…

Casino Information, Gambling History

We already regularly posted articles on the history of gambling on  this website. This often concerned an early history. For example, the history of slots , playing cards and words. Sometimes a history that dates back to long before 1900.

But of course there is also recent history for the past 35 years. Just look at the changes in slots during that period. Mechanical cabinets have been quickly replaced by digital video slots  with numerous possibilities for attractive games. Which can also be played at home.

And thanks to increased globalization, physical slots and online games have spread across the world at lightning speed. In principle, interested parties can now play the same games everywhere. With slot machines we then only name one part. Much more important than the appearance of roulette gambling , slot machines and the like, however, is something else that characterizes recent history.

Income source

With the increase in gambling opportunities, gambling became an important source of income for several countries. Or, if a country did not yet have proper control over gambling among its inhabitants, a reason to look at gambling laws and regulations . In 2001, global gambling revenue was over $ 200 billion. That grew at a fairly constant percentage per year to just under 400 billion in 2010. This year, partly due to the dip due to corona, it will amount to just over 500 billion dollars.

If we are not yet properly monitored, we can think of online gambling in the Netherlands as an example. Online gambling is prohibited in the Netherlands, so Dutch people who want to play turn to foreign providers. The Dutch economy earns nothing from the money they spend there. That has to change with the announced legislative changes. But with what arguments? Of course not complaining about loss of income. No, anthropologists looking at recent history saw different arguments.

Changed world

Anthropologists are interested in how people interact with each other and the world around them, and how they give meaning to their lives. They look at all facets. Even when they are researching a part, eg a gambler’s dialect in Tahiti. Then they look at a much wider area. With the example in mind therefore also to the history, economic developments, religious practices, politics and more on Tahiti.

Some anthropologists worldwide have looked at the recent history of gambling in recent years. In particular, they saw that concepts such as responsible gambling, consumer protection and the like were increasingly used in the arguments of governments.

Ultimately, all arguments around ‘preventing all kinds of problematic gambling behavior ‘ turned out to stem mainly from the desire to secure gambling income. Or to ensure that a country itself can profit from the gambling behavior of its inhabitants. So the gambling income.…