The latest in my series of chapter-by-chapter summaries/teasers, chapter 2. Enjoy!
Roulette was the game of choice for many Russian visitors to gambling resorts along the Rhine river in the mid-19th century. Fyodor Doystoevsky’s short novel The Gambler was based on first-hand “research” the author conducted at the gambling tables in Baden-Baden.
Learn the complete Dostoevsky story in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
The first officially-sanctioned casino at the health resort of Spa, Belgium, was the Redoute. It opened 1765 in a temporary structure (much like Detroit casinos 230 years later), with the permanent building opening in 1769.
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