It is known that the game was first played
in Northern Europe - Latvia and Estonia around 1925-1927.
Seamen, while visiting ports of England, played a similar
game in the local pubs.
The first tables were made from blueprints
brought back from England. At the beginning novuss was
played in port cities Ventspils, Liepaja, and Tallin.
In some countries, novuss is also known by Estonian name
Novuss rules were published and first
championship of Latvia held in 1932.During the Second
World War, the game of novuss ceased for a while but was
re-established quickly after the war. This time it was
adopted in many other countries and currently is played
in United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, England,
Georgia, Germany, and Israel. It is heard that koroona
is also played in Finland.
Several open novuss championships are
conducted in North America every year. The novuss centers
are located in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.