Gambler Dostoevsky was well-known in European casinos

Gambler Dostoevsky was well-known in European casinos

The popularity of gamblings was great even in the 19th centuries when games were just conquering the Europe. There were no bans in such branch in any country; therefore it was possible to play practically without restrictions. Both rich players who wanted to try their good luck poor people who dreamed to make a fortune with the minimum investments used it. This fate also didn’t bypass famous people. The Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is known to be a striking example. In the German city of Kurhaus there is a monument to Dostoevsky which emphasizes a huge contribution of the writer to the development of gambling institutions of the city and to the gambling world. Historical facts confirm that Dostoevsky lost lots of money in a casino.

One of the most significant facts of his game biography says that in 1865 Fyodor Mikhailovich had to leave the Russian Empire. He went abroad having only 3000 rubles which Dostoevsky had got as royalties. Fyodor Mikhailovich chose the city of Bad Homburg as the terminal of his trip. He often visited the casino there. The writer lost all his savings during a few evenings of gamblings. This fact is thought to be the reason for writing the famous novel "The Gambler" that tells about the difficult and confuse life of gamblers.

 
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