A Short History of Casinos
Casino is the name given to an establishment where gambling activities take place. However, this was not always the case. The word ‘casino’ comes from the Italian language and originally was used to refer to a villa or country club. In later years the original meaning of the word changed and casino came to refer to any public buildings where people could go to enjoy group activities.
Although gambling was included in some of these public houses, it was by no means the only activity and many of the first casinos did not even have games of any type. Over time, however, this changed and the term ‘casino’ began to refer exclusively to buildings where gambling activities took place and is still used with this meaning today.
Once the Internet was invented, many online software companies began introducing online casinos; websites that offered players the chance to play games traditionally only found in land-based casinos online from the comfort of their own home. These online casinos have increased immensely in popularity and are considered an alternative to go going to a land-based casino.
As Australia was first established as a British colony at the beginning of the 19th century, certain British influences were carried over to Australia. This included the popularity of card games and horse racing in Britain, which soon became just as popular in Australia. With the introduction of the first slot machines soon after, Australia became known for its love of casinos and casino games and gambling is considered one of the country’s prime social and leisure activity’s.
There are a number of large land-based casinos in Australia, such as Melbourne’s Crown Casino, which is the largest casino resort in the country, and the Star Sydney Casino, to name but a few. Altogether there are 21 Australian casinos in 16 cities. These casinos have been around for a number of years and have yet to wane in popularity. However, with the increasing popularity of online casinos, many Australians also play their favourite games online nowadays without needing to go to a land-based casino.
Favourite Australian Casino Games
Slot machine games, which are called pokies in Australia, are some of the most highly ranked casino games in the world and it is no exception in Australia. Some of the top pokies games found at Australian casinos include Mega Moolah, Thunderstruck and Tomb Raider. However, there are so many pokies games that everyone will find at least one game that suits their tastes.
Table card games are also popular in Australian casinos and many Australians will be found playing games such as blackjack, baccarat and of course, the many variations of poker. Not only can these games be found in land-based Australian casinos but they are also found at online casinos available in Australia.
Aristocrat Leisure Limited
One of the largest Australian gaming manufacturer companies is Aristocrat Leisure Limited. The company’s main focus is on slot machines, or pokies. It was founded in 1953 and is licensed to distribute slot machines to many of the Australian casinos. With the advent of the internet, the company expanded its focus, and began producing online slot machine games. Players can find several online Australian casinos that are powered by Aristocrat software and which feature their games.