Gambling has been a popular activity since the first records of the history of our civilization. People used to gamble using many games, from primitive games with stones and cards to electric arcade machines that were invented in the previous century. The point is, gambling is a typical type of entertainment for human beings, and with time, it does not fade. Instead, it evolves together with the technologies that humanity develops.
The stage previous to online gambling websites was land-based casinos that were generally clubs where people played cards or played arcade machines, drank, socialized, and had fun. At first, they were simple clubs and bars, but with time, due to huge finances invested in these institutions, land-based casinos became a place for posh and luxurious entertainment.
While earlier, all kinds of people could go and play at a casino, and even more, aristocracy avoided these places, later it all changed. Poorer or middle-class people were not allowed to really good and reputable casinos and had to gamble in dubious places where nothing guaranteed their safety or the safety of their funds.
Aristocrats and rich people, on the other hand, visited the most luxurious casinos and used to bet, lose, and win huge sums of money. This situation, in particular, became the reason why online casinos emerged.
With the development of Internet, more and more services became available online for anybody, until the person could pay for the Internet and the service, regardless of their financial status or social position. And soon, inventive people opened online gambling websites where anybody with money could gamble, not only very rich but common people as well.
In 1994, Barbuda and Antigua was the first to allow companies to open online gambling houses officially and under the corresponding legislation. The same year, one of the most well-known and trusted giants in the industry of game development, Microgaming, was launched, and it performs perfectly until today, releasing hundreds of new games.
Already in 1995 software for safe and secure payment transactions was developed, in order to enable the players to deposit and withdraw money from websites. The next year, one of the existing casinos has paid out about $3 billion of winnings to its users. The same year, another game developing giant, called NetEnt, appeared in the industry, and happily performs till today. Since then, the progress is hard to track, but online gambling houses become more and more popular around the globe.