The first thing that comes to mind when you mention gambling is casinos, but gambling is an ancient practice that has been part of society for thousands of years. You will be surprised to know that a lot of gambling games have remained the same over the past 1000 or so years.
It is believed that poker has its origin in the Minoan civilization which existed more than 3500 years ago. Although this is surprising, it also true. In modern times double sixes are considered to be lucky and offer one additional opportunities to win, depending on the game you are playing. The same is true of ancient times too, when it was called the “throw of Aphrodite” and the thrower was considered the winner. In ancient Greece, the practice of gambling was widespread and people were engaged in various types of gambling activities, on a regular basis.
Most of these games depended on luck and chance as is evident from the many texts and references that have been found in books writers like Homer. Some of the common games played at that time were the throwing of the dice, head and tails, as well as some other games that solely depended on luck.
Nowadays, there are casinos where you can go and enjoy games of luck and chance. In ancient times also, there were designated places where one could go and enjoy a game of luck. However these places were considered “dirty” or bad and those who were found going there carried the stigma of a bad person.
In Greek mythology, gods such as Zeus, Hades and Poseidon played the game of dice in order to divide the universe between them namely earth, water and the underworld. In those days, it was common for people to lose their money, lands and fortunes in gambling, in the same way people do nowadays. This shows that things have changed very little since ancient times.