is easy to see that Tug of War dates back to
that first primordial pull over the top banana. Since then
Tug of War has become synonymous with competition, sportsmanship,
conflict, and most other back and forth activities. But it
took Equity Gaming, LLC to bring Tug of War into the civilized
world of wagering as a game of chance. Take a glance back
in time and see if you can trace the beginnings of Tug of
The origins of Tug of War are clouded
in mystery but it is beyond dispute that this royal sport
was practiced in ancient Egypt and China where legend has
it the Sun and Moon played Tug of War over the light and
- 2500 BC – Egyptians depict Tug of War contests
on wall engravings. Artisans are rewarded with front row
- 1000 – Tug of War stories about heroic champions
from Scandinavia and Germany circulate Western Europe where
Viking warriors pull animal skins over open pits of fire
in tests of strength and endurance in preparation for battle
- 1500 and 1600 – Tug of War is popularized during tournaments
in French chateaux gardens and later in Great Britain. Legend
has it William Shakespeare toys with the idea of developing
She Loves Me She Loves Me Not into a love themed musical.
- 1800 – Tug
of War begins a new tradition among seafaring men who
were required to tug on lines to adjust sails while ships
were underway and even in battle. India becomes a hotbed
of Tug-of War activity.
- 1960 – The
International Tug of War Federation is formed between representatives
of Great Britain and Sweden.
- 2004 – More
than 200,000 Okinawans and U.S servicemen gather to watch
and participate in the world’s largest Tug of War
continuing 300 years of Asian tradition on a 600 foot rope
weighing 40 tons. The contest signifies the bringing together
of east and west Naha and features an 8 day festival of
martial art performances, music, dancing, food, and fireworks,
one of the largest in Japan.
- 2006– Tug of War becomes a breakthrough
gambling game on a bidirectional bilinear progression
as both a table game and electronic gaming device.
- 2008 – Tug
of War with Equity Play™ appears in casinos, racinos, and
cruise ships around the globe spreading the passion for
wagering on progressions like wildfire worldwide.