Russian Roulette

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

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

First Casino at Spa, Belgium

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.

You can read more about early European casinos, as well as ones in Asia and the Americas, in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.