Gambling wasn't just a matter of low stakes play by the fire. In certain cases, it involved higher stakes and physical activity between men of different social groups.
A hoop made of juniper bark unearthed in the cave may be evidence for more physical competitions.
The game of skill involved two contestants. As the hoop was rolled on the ground, the players chased it, trying to pass their arrows or darts through the centre of the hoop.
"A range of gaming activities was played in the cave, from domestic play more for fun through to darker and much higher stakes intersocial contests, in which men, women and children could be even gambled into slavery," Ives said.