Casinos have been the playgrounds of millions of people over the years, and now millions more will never step into a real, land-based casino, preferring instead the convenience of playing at an online casino. Here are just a few fascinating facts about the world of casinos…
10 – Government Funded
Richard Nixon funded his first congress campaign using the money he’d won playing poker with some of his former Navy colleagues. The $6,000 he won at the poker table helped him on his way to his first political post.
9 – Girl Power
You may think that it’s only a recent phenomenon to see women at the top of the blackjack and poker world. However, a French woman named Eleanore Dumont set up a blackjack casino in California in 1854. As well as always dealing the cards, Mme Dumont had a reputation for winning most of the games she played. Although she died in 1876, she was nominated (but not elected) to become a part of the Blackjack Hall of Fame over a hundred years later in 2006.
8 – Young at Heart
When Annette Obrestad from Norway won the first World Series of Poker Europe main event in 2007, she was a day of her nineteenth birthday. She remains the youngest person to have ever won a WSOP bracelet.
7 – Naming Cards
The fifth card in a game of poker is often referred to as the ‘river’. This nickname stems from the days when poker was played on the riverboats in America and a method of cheating was to store a hidden card up a sleeve to switch with a poor fifth card. However, if you were discovered to be cheating the punishment was harsh – you’d be thrown into the river off the back of the boat.
6 – Not a 7 in sight
A New Jersey grandma visiting Atlantic City broke the record for the world’s longest crap roll and most successive dice rolls without ‘sevening out’ in 2009. Patricia Demauro beat odds of 1 in 1.56 trillion when she played craps for four hours and 18 minutes without landing a seven. Although Ms Demauro didn’t share the amount of money that she had won her record-breaking game, it’s likely that she made hundreds of thousands or maybe millions in that one casino session.
5 – Win a fish
In the UK, one of the biggest online casino wins came from a 20p spin. A fisherman who wished to remain anonymous started playing a slot game called the Hall of Gods and watched his 20p turn into a massive £5.4 million win.
4 – Worlds Oldest
The first casino built-in Las Vegas on Highway 91 was the Pair o Dice Club, established in 1931. The first casino on the current Strip was El Rancho Vegas, opened in 1941. One of the most well-known early casinos in Vegas was gangster Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo. Apparently, Bugsy named the casino after his show dance girlfriend Virginia Hill’s long legs
3 – The Online Flutter
You can do all your gambling all at one website these days. Whether you’re interested in a few rounds of blackjack or want to get a bet on the football match that you’re watching live, most gaming sites offer a sports book and most betting sites also have a different casino and bingo games available for their players.
2 – Worlds First
The first online casinos appeared in the early 1990s and were immediately popular. There were 15 gambling websites in 1996, but the number leapt to 200 websites during 1997.
1 – Who did invent the Slot Machine?
Slots are the most popular gaming choice for casual visitors to land-based casinos and online casinos. With slots, there is no prior knowledge required and whether you win or lose is completely down to chance. This makes playing slots appealing to all types and all ages. The first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in 1899 and online slots that we play today still have a linked heritage to Fey’s original machine.