17th Century English Gambling
More widespread and heavier betting was in fact the first step by which sport became a business, but the organizing impetus of capitalism could be detected in all the forms of leisure that characterized Merrie England. The rise of professional ‘gamesters’, or sharps and cheats, accompanied the rise of a mercantile society that transformed virtually all traditional recreations in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Russian Casinos Converting to Poker to Avoid Gambling Law
A change in gambling laws has caused casinos around Moscow to disguise themselves as poker rooms.