Gambling Trivia

Who invented the first casino games? What’s the “eye in the sky” and why’s a pair of aces and eights called “dead-man’s hand”? Check out these interesting casino gambling trivia:

  1. Every table game in a live casino is monitored by a series of special video cameras located right above the game. The nickname for this series of cameras is the “eye in the sky”.
  2. Casinos in Las Vegas do not have clocks or windows located anywhere near the casino floors. This is done intentionally as a way to keep players gambling and not worrying about what time of the day it might be or how long they have been gambling.
  3. The largest casino in the world is The Venetian Macao located in China. At over 10.5 million sq. feet, it is also the 4th largest building in the world. The hotel has 3,000 suites and a casino area that measures 500,000 sq. feet.
  4. Many of the casinos in Las Vegas don’t have a thirteenth floor due to the superstition that the number “13” is considered very unlucky in many western cultures. The casino floors typically go from the twelfth floor right to the fourteenth floor.
  5. The first modern three-reel slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in 1895 while living in San Francisco. He named his new invention/game the “Liberty Bell”. For many years after that, slot machines were all referred to as “bell machines” regardless of the game’s theme.
  6. The first modern type video slot machine to be introduced into a brick and mortar was the Fortune Coin machine, which was introduced in 1975.
  7. Approximately 24% of American residents stated that once they were involved in illegal gambling.
  8. Among all the players who gamble online or just look for any information relating online gambling such as slots, roulette, blackjack tips and other games rules, 75% of them are gambling addicts.
  9. While it is nearly impossible to determine the original origins of poker, its first appearance in America came in 1829, when an English actor named Joseph Crowell introduced the game to a group of fellow actors. The game gathered much of its popularity during the Civil War as soldiers used the game as one of their primary means of relaxation.
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