Since humans first painted a pig on a cave wall with their hands and natural dye, art has evolved in nearly every space of human life—even into the world of gambling. Do art and gambling intersect today, too? And, with technology pushing the limits of our wildest imaginations, what role will art play in gambling in the future? Gambling experts Aleksandra Maj and Anna Rosak share their thoughts below.
The Relationship Between Art & Gambling
Back in the 2nd century B.C., early forms of dice were used by ancient Egyptians. The dice featured 20 sides with engraved symbols and shapes. These were the first connections between art and games. Since then, games have widely utilized creative forms, such as beautiful card designs or extravagant boards. Many casinos also feature performing arts, such as dancing and singing shows.
Even if you don’t visit physical casinos, you are still surrounded by art when playing. Advanced imagery appears in the background of online games via beautiful graphics on slots. It seems right that where people are shelling out real money, the art that surrounds them should be authentic as well, making for a classier, serious experience. For example, when you visit an internetowe polskie kasyno na pieniądze, you can still feel like you’re playing in a real casino hall.
In Poland, the rate of gamblers and gambling companies is rapidly increasing as a result of the amendments to the Gambling Act in 2017. Despite the fact that Poland’s regulations are still more restrictive than the rest of Europe, the market was worth €1.82bn in 2018 and €5bn in 2020, according to KasynoHEX. With so much money in the industry, there are funds to invest in the art of the realm, in both the decor of physical spaces and the visuals in actual games.
Digital Art In Gambling
Polish players can participate in forms of gambling that are licensed and regulated by the 2019 Act on Gambling Games. They can enjoy a range of games including slot machines, low-stake machines, bingo, casino gambling, lottery games, and sports betting.
Attentive readers will notice that online casino games have not been mentioned. Truthfully, that is because online gambling is a gray area in Poland. In fact, the only licensed online platform that is permitted to offer casino games is Total Casino operated by Totalizator Sportowy.
If digital gaming is a gray area in Poland, how does art exist in this space? Well, casinos are still able to utilize artwork in their visuals either in physical spaces or on the web at the existing and future licensed locations. Some visuals for these games can even be monetized and protected using new NFT blockchain technology. Anna Rosak gives some examples of games that are famous for their graphics:
- Immortal Romance
- Football Mania
- Mermaids Galore
- Good Girl, Bad Girl
- And more!
The Future Of Art & Gambling
With the recent unveiling of the Metaverse and the increase of access to technology throughout the world, there’s no telling where art and gambling will intersect in the future. Perhaps NFT art will be an important part of the Metaverse and will be displayed in digital gambling halls for avatars to come to enjoy. Maybe gambling will use pictures created through AI codes. Or, NFT art could be listed among the possible winnings together with real money and cryptocurrencies.
The only thing we know for sure is that art and gambling have been married since the dawn of man, and there is no divorce in sight. To stay up to date on this topic and know whether any new approaches to art have been used by online casinos, you can read reviews on websites and forums like Reddit, ForumBukmacherskie, and Trustpilot.
Play responsibly. Players must be 18+. If you or someone that you know is dealing with problem gambling or addiction, local resources exist that can help you, including Anonimowi Hazardziści, Telefon Zaufania, Światełko, and WOTUW. International organizations that can provide help are BeGambleAware, GamCare, and Gamblers Anonymus.
Written by Aleksandra Maj and Anna Rosak, PolskieKasynoHEX’s digital gambling experts with many years of experience. KasynoHEX writes guides and honest casino reviews for Polish-speaking readers and offers English translations.