Casino history, profile and history video
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Key figures 2012
- 318,600 employees worldwide (1)(2)
- 65,800 employees under age 26 worldwide
- 12,000 stores
- €42bn Revenue
- €2bn Trading Profit
- 56% of Revenue and 66% of Trading Profit in international markets
- France’s #1 e-commerce player via Cdiscount, and the #1 in Colombia and #2 in Brazil
- France’s #1 private label (by food sales penetration rates)
(1) excluding employees of Via Varejo and in Mauritius, Madagascar and Mayotte.
(2) excluding lessee-manager franchise outlets”
“History of gambling houses
The precise origin of gambling is unknown. It is generally believed that gambling in some form or another has been seen in almost every society in history. From the AncientGreeks and Romans to Napoleon’s France and Elizabethan England, much of history is filled with stories of entertainment based on games of chance.
The first known European gambling house, not called a casino although meeting the modern definition, was the Ridotto, established in Venice, Italy in 1638 to provide controlled gambling during the carnival season. It was closed in 1770 as the city government perceived it to impoverish the local gentry.
In American history, early gambling establishments were known as saloons. The creation and importance of saloons was greatly influenced by four major cities; New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. It was in the saloons that travelers could find people to talk to, drink with, and often gamble with. During the early 20th century in America, gambling became outlawed and banned by state legislation and social reformers of the time. However, in 1931, gambling was legalized throughout the state of Nevada. America’s first legalized casinos were set up in those places. In 1978 New Jersey allowed gambling in Atlantic City, now America’s second largest gambling city.”
*Information from Groupe-casino.fr/en and Wikipedia.org
**Video published on YouTube by “Groupe Casino”