How Sports Betting Got Started

It would be surprising to many to find that sports betting has existed in society for over 2000 years, but as unbelievable as it sounds, that’s exactly the case. From origins with simple wagers made between friends, to complex industries surrounding today’s most high profile sports, sports betting has a foothold in almost every country on earth. Looking through history, you will find sports betting at the very first Olympic Games, all the way to competitions like the NFL or MLB today. 토사장

From Ancient Civilizations to the turn of the 20th Century

Early evidence shows that sports betting was a thriving industry in ancient times, even in the Greek States of 2000BC. In the early years people would place simple bets on competitions like the Olympic Games and other athletic events, wagering against friends for their favorite athletes. The activity lacked any particular organization at the time, but this would all change when the Roman Empire rose to power hundreds of years later.

One of the most popular competitions throughout the history of the Roman Empire was gladiator fighting. These competitions would sometimes be to the death, and the battles were bet on by the elite and common people alike. Wagers became more complex, with bets being placed on anything as simple as the victor of a battle, to even more specific outcomes like the duration of a battle, or the way in which a gladiator would fall.

The Roman Empire spread throughout Europe, and through trade even had influence far beyond its borders. Because of this, betting became commonplace in Europe and even in what is now Britain and Ireland. Even when the empire fell, people kept on betting and by the 19th century betting was a massively popular activity.

Pedestrianism was one notable competition that reached its peak at the end of the 19th century, and this sport was a favorite for bettors all around Britain and Western Europe.

 

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