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Before jumping into dice history, it is good to know what dice are. These are small objects of varying shapes and sizes with symbols, dots or numbers displayed on each side. All sides have a set value, and players throw either one or more to get a random result. The meaning of each value depends on the type of dice gambling game you’re playing.





While it was initially believed that dice originated in Ancient Greece, later excavations discovered six-sided dice in Egyptian tombs from as early as 2000 B.C. Dice were mentioned in the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit epic, and they were also used in a Sumerian board game. Although the exact origin of dice is unclear, it is evident that dice have been an integral part of gambling since the dawn of time.


Ancient dice only had two decorated sides and were usually made of sticks or shells. Later, people would start using astragali (knucklebones) as four-sided dice, which were the ankle bones of large hooved animals. Eventually, six-sided dice were created using bones, bronze, precious stones and more. Some excavations even found 20-sided dice in Egyptian tombs. But how were these dice used?




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