The history of games of chance reveals all

Games of chance go back to the dawn of humanity. Even in the Stone Age, people played with dice and tried their luck in an early version of a board game.

Drawing lots is one of the oldest forms of letting fate decide. Lots are mentioned in the bible and were even used in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire to make decisions.

Playing for money is part of our culture. The first lotteries have their roots in 17th-century Italy and soon reached Austria. Empress Maria Theresia introduced lotteries in 1751.

What is playing all about?

In games of chance, it's about experiencing pleasant feelings of excitement, alongside entertainment and fun, an amusing way to pass the time and the prospect of a win.

What leads people to engage in games of chance?

There are numerous reasons why people want to try their luck in a game. Some of the most common are

  • entertainment – many people play games of chance to entertain themselves and have a good time;
  • adrenaline – the risk of winning or losing money can spark an adrenalin boost and a feeling of excitement and tension;.
  • hope of a win – the opportunity of winning a large sum of money is tantalising to many and can lead to them playing games of chance;
  • relaxation – some people use games of chance as a way to relax and balance out day-to-day stress;
  • socialisation – games of chance can also be a social event where people interact with others and play together.

Enjoying games of chance responsibly

If enjoyed to too great an extent, games of chance can lead to serious problems, through to addiction and, by extension, illness. If compulsive behaviour develops or financial difficulties are the consequence, it can be necessary to seek professional support.
Playsponsible offers an extensive range of information and contact details for our free hotline and counselling centres