Casinos have been popular for centuries and are only getting bigger and bigger in the 21st century with the expansion of mobile and live casinos online.
The online and mobile versions of casinos allow you to play all your favourite games from the comfort of your own home. The graphics are fantastic and provided you have a decent internet connection the games run smoothly.
Playing live casino games means you can stream actual live dealings with a live dealer you can interact with, giving you the feeling that you’re actually playing in person without having to dress up, pay the taxi fare and waste your time travelling to and from the brick-and-mortar casino.
Casinos and casino games are older than you and I and here are some facts about some of the popular games that you’ve never heard before:
- A Blackjack Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honour the greatest blackjack authors and professional players in history. It is located in San Diego, California. There are currently 21 inductees.
- The actual date Blackjack was invented is unknown but it is believed to have come from the game twenty-one at the start of the 1600s.
- Casinos in more than 140 countries worldwide offer blackjack.
- The precursor to the modern slot machine was developed in 1891 – players would insert a coin, pull a lever in hope for a good poker hand.
- The demand for slots in Las Vegas is so great that they have overtaken the casino floor – one in every eight Vegas residents could sit and play at the same time!
- Japan has more slot machines than the United States – there are close to 5 million slot machine games in the country.
- Craps was originally known as Hazard which was a game played during the time of the Crusades. Its popularity grew during World War II when soldiers played in the trenches during downtime.
- In the 1990s, gambling extraordinaire Archie Karas turn a $17 million fortune into an incredible $40 million over a couple of months playing craps.
- Dealers are not allowed to handle money directly from players. Cash must be placed on the table.
- Mathematician, philosopher and physicist Blaise Pascal invented the game of roulette.
- Roulette is sometimes called ‘The Devil’s Game’, partly because all of the numbers on the wheel total up to 666.
- European-style tables have a single zero square, whilst the American-style roulette table includes an additional double-zero. This gives the American house edge almost twice as much as their European counterparts – 5.26% compared to 2.7%.