Ten Amazing and Fascinating Trivia Facts About Casinos

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. Sites like Gambletribe take the fuss out of gambling online and make it fun, but if you look a little deeper into the world of casinos you will also find it rather interesting as well…

Top 10 Fascinating Trivia Facts About Casinos

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.

Eleanor Dumont (AKA Madame Moustache)

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.

Annette Obrestad - Poker Player

Young at Heart

When Annette Obrestad from Norway won the first World Series of Poker Europe main event in 2007, she was a day into her nineteenth birthday. She remains the youngest person to have ever won a WSOP bracelet.

The River

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.

Craps Shirt

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.

Fishing Slots

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.

The Pair-O-Dice Club exterior

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, which 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. 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.

Online Casino

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 sportsbook and most betting sites also have a different casino and bingo games available for their players.

Online Casino

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.

Slot Machines

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.

Author: Gus Barge

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