Charles II – the father of world gambling industry

Charles II – the father of world gambling industry

Charles II, known as «The Merry King» due to his extravagancy became a very prominent figure in the history of England. He became incredibly popular not only because of his political activity but also for a great passion for gamblings. During the times of his reign gamblings were just gaining the popularity and Charles II played a significant role in that process.

The King of England was in exile for a long time. Cromwell was ferocious cruel then, therefore Charles simply couldn’t return. So Charles became interested in gamblings abroad. Besides, he always had many mistresses who gave birth to his 14 bastards. Generally, Charles II was really "The Merry King ", and it is difficult to argue with it.

Having returned to England Charles brought a lot of innovations to his country. One of them was a permission to gamble everywhere in the territory of the kingdom. But he didn’t just allow gambling, the king made such activity the main hobby of courtiers. There is no secret that during the reign of Charles II the most significant for the country events took place at a card table. The decisions of internal and foreign policy issues were easily made there, rich residents of the kingdom lost huge sums of money and their property and poor peasants could make a fortune in a blink of an eye. After the mass colonization of America many inhabitants of England fled to the New World and brought Americans passion for gamblings.

 
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