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Interesting Facts About Gambling

Interesting Facts About Gambling

  • The oldest game in the history of casino gambling is Roulette.
  • Poker is the game that is mostly preferred by male gamblers
  • Slots is the game that is mostly preferred by female gamblers.
  • Kerry Packer, an Australian billionaire businessman won between $20 million and $40 million at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas in 1997. A number of executives lost their jobs for reeling in this whale of a player.
  • The kings on a standard deck of playing cards represent real people in history. Charlemagne is the King of Hearts. Julius Caesar is the King of Diamonds. Alexander the Great is the King of Clubs. The Biblical King David is the King of Spades.
  • Gambling has higher gross income rate compared to theme parks, recorded music, theaters, and cruise ship combined.
  • President Richard Nixon won $6,000 playing Poker with his Navy friends. He later used a large portion of his winnings to fund his first campaign for Congress.
  • 85% of the people living in Las Vegas gamble.
  • John Mantagu, the Earl of Sandwich used to spend countless hours gambling and would refuse to stop in order to sit down for a meal. As a result, he asked to be served bread and meat so that he could continue playing while he ate. Today, we have the sandwich which owes its origin to John Mantagu, the Earl of Sandwich.
  • At least 65 million Americans play poker regularly.
  • The Harvard University’s endowment, California State Employee’s Retirement Fund, and U.S. Steel’s retirement fund are stock owners in gambling companies.
  • In 1996, a record of 29.6 million travellers visited Las Vegas and 87% of them gambled
  • Players lose around $6 billion every year at Las Vegas casinos.
  • Bingo was created from an older game called Beano.
  • Bingo was created accidentally by an anonymous player and was first played in Italy in 1530.
  • The youngest person to win the WSOP is Joe Cada. He was 21 years old when he won the 2009 World Series of Poker and walked away with a first place prize of $8.5 million.
  • Annette Obrestad is the youngest player to win the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE). She was 18 years old, and won the first prize of £1,000,000.
  • In 1998, a woman in Las Vegas won $27.6 million playing the slot machines, which is the biggest jackpot in the history.
  • 68% of gamblers in Las Vegas play slots.
  • Blackjack was once called “Vingt-et-un” (meaning, twenty one).
  • Keno was invented in China at around 205 and 187 BC.
  • The main portion of the money that was used to build Great Wall of China came from Keno’s profits.
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