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Sports betting has conquered Spain in recent years. Nowadays, this activity has become one of the most popular forms of leisure and entertainment in the world, since it brings an extra thrill and adrenaline to the wide variety of events available at bookmakers.
This type of betting in which fans try to predict the results of a sports competition has evolved enormously in recent decades, coupled with the emergence of the internet and technological advances. Modern gambling, as we know it today, became popular during the 18th century in England.
Despite this, the true origin of the betting history Sports can be traced back hundreds of years before, when the ancient Greeks bet on sports competitions.
Greek civilization, more than two thousand years ago, was the first to bet on her favorite sports disciplines. Every four years, the ancient Greeks celebrated the Olympic Games, a series of athletic competitions disputed by representatives of various Greek city-states since 776 BC, when the first Olympic Games were held. in the Greek village of Olympia.
Just like sports fans will do at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will take place from July 24 to August 9,the Greeks also bet on the winners of each Olympic discipline. Years later, this activity passed into the hands of the Romans, who made this passion for gambling their own.
The history of gambling continues in the Roman Empire, where it became a business, betting on the part of the spectators in Roman circuses, either in gladiatorial combats or chariot races.
Behind the the fall of the Roman empire, gambling was one of the factors in the popularization of gentlemen's tournaments, which they served to keep knights fit in peacetime, or archery during the Middle Ages.
Despite this, this practice began to spread exponentially in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when sports betting experienced its heyday. Around the year 1780, the mode that has survived to our days appeared in England.
At that time,sports fans started betting on horse racing, a competition that remains one of the most popular in bookmakers, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries.
Sports betting, mainly focused on horse and greyhound racing, was installed in British culture. In fact, little by little they began to occupy the pages of London newspapers, which came to create exclusive sections dedicated to this activity.
In addition, physical venues were also opened so that sports fans could place their bets.
Half a century later, the bets reached the United States, where they became a real success. Starting in the 1930s, this activity spread to most European countries.
Finally, in the evolution of the history of betting, the irruption of the internet has been a real revolution in the world of sports betting, which has led to an exponential growth in the number of operators in the sector, its turnover and the behavior of users.