Medieval online casino discovered
Researchers today have announced the discovery of what is believed to be the first “online casino” - a casino operating in and around London during the time period broadly referred to as the middle ages. Now most scholars (at least those actually asked) have scoffed at the idea of a medieval online casino since the middle ages lacked any sort of internet and therefore the concept of being online. Though it is widely acknowledged that gambling was present in London throughout out most of its history both in gentlemen’s establishments and in certain less savory areas of London. But it has generally been believed that players went to the gambling halls and the gambling didn’t come to them.
But scholars are reexamining that idea after discovering evidence that in medieval London, there were often lines of various sorts strung from house to house, often from window to window. These lines were potentially everywhere in the city and even more common in the more heavily populated areas. This has led some researchers to come to the conclusion that they were used as part of an online gambling process. Studies are still being done to determine exactly how this system worked. Various forms of primitive wooden clips have been discovered that could be used to hold items to the lines. This has led researchers to speculate that the earliest form of online gambling may have involved some sort of card game. “We do know that playing cards date back at least as early as 1377 and potentially earlier,” a scholar on the project said. “So we can see the possibility for players to attach cards to lines which would then be dragged to another location. Perhaps a basic sort of video poker. But we still have more research to do.”
Opponents of the theory have suggested that the lines might have been used to hang up clothing to dry, but that theory is being debated as research has long proven that no work gets done online.