A Timeline of Online Gambling

A Timeline of Online Gambling

By Alex J. Coyne © 2017 For Great Bridge Links

Ever stop to think how online gambling got its start? We were wondering about that, too! Here’s a closer look at online gambling from its start in the early-90s to where we are today – full of firsts, jackpots and record-wins. Here goes…

1994:

Antigua and Barbuda was apparently one of the first countries to pass regulations specifically pertaining to online gambling; of course, gambling is still legal there today. Maybe it’s time for a vacation…

1996:

InterCasino opens, becoming the first online casino to go live; they’re based in the UK, and still exist today. Visit their official website for more information.

1998:

Planet Poker opens, becoming the first online for-cash poker room. The site is still active today, though now it’s geared towards poker rules instead.

1998:

UK-based online gambling provider Bingo Blitz goes live.

1998:

Microgaming develops and launches the first ever online slot machine called Cash Splash; there are still plenty places where you can play it, too!

1999:

The US attempts to introduce the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, which would have aimed to make online gambling illegal for US citizens – lucky for gamblers, the bill doesn’t go through.

1999:

The Kahnawake Gaming Comission is started in 1999 (some sources state 1998) and becomes one of the first regulatory bodies for online gambling; they are based in Canada.

2001:

PokerStars is founded in Costa Rica on the 11th of September of this year,

2003:

Casino for Charities launches in the UK and claims to be the first online gambling provider offering the takings to a charity of the player’s choice.

2009:

Viktor Blom, also known as Isildur1, made poker history when he took part in all of the largest online poker pots at that point in time.

2010:

A law is passed in New Jersey to legalize certain forms of online gambling; this makes it the first of its kind for the US.

2013:

A mysterious internet stranger named Nakowa became the largest Bitcoin win in history after taking home 11, 000 bitcoin through Just-Dice.com. 

2014:

The D and Golden Gate Casinos in Las Vegas become the first casinos to accept payment in Bitcoin – though, apparently not for gambling with for some reason. 2014 also saw the casinos getting their own Bitcoin ATM’s. The way of the future, eh?

2015:

Jon Heywood wins the largest ever online slot jackpot (€17,879,645), a UK-citizen playing Microgaming’s Mega Moolah. 

2017:

MGM launches the first MGM-branded online casino website called ‘playMGM’, which also offers sports betting through their playMGM app.

2017:

Australia sees online gambling and sports betting banned after the passing of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill. 

2017:

After the lifting of a ban on online gambling apps by Google, 888 Casino becomes the first to showcase their (for cash) gambling apps back on Google Play.

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