Casino History: Top 10 Interesting Facts

In the following rows, I want to introduce to you 10 interesting facts and statistics of the history of casino games, many of them being quite funny. If you know others, don’t hesitate to reply in the comments section below this article.

  1. The dice game was invented by ancient civilizations, who made dice from animal bones. The first evidence in this regard dates back to at about 5,000 years. However, nowadays dice can be bought on eBay and Amazon 🙂
  2. In the 17th century, in an attempt to invent a machine with perpetual motion – Perpetuum mobile – (so something that sounds complicated and scientifically), Blasé Pascal accidentally invented the roulette game, which is nowadays one of the most important gambling games in the world. That makes the difference between the project and the final result 🙂
  3. Everyone has heard of Aristotle, one of the most important philosophers of Ancient Greece. He is known as a great classic of universal philosophy, as the founder of the peripatetic school and so on. But in his spare time, he also did a complex study of how to cheat at the dice game. He said he was just trying to explain how the dice can be manipulated, but who believes it?
  4. The keno game dates from the Chinese Han Dynasty (approx 205-187 BC). That lottery was invented to help to financially build the Great Chinese Wall. It is clear that the idea was very successful since the wall came out. Trump would like to make such a wall and for the moment he cannot, probably he has not sought his source of funding where he needs to be 🙂
  5. Henry VIII, king of Great Britain between 1509 and 1547, succeeded in losing his church bells. Paul at a dice game!
  6. Fedex, one of the world’s leading courier companies, went bankrupt in 1974 when it had only $5,000 left in its accounts. The founder of the company, Frederick W. Smith, took that money and went with them to Las Vegas to play blackjack. He turned them into $32,000, enough for his company to survive for a week. That week, a private investor, impressed by Smith’s desperate efforts, decided to help the company by investing $11 million. Then the click took place and the company has recovered spectacularly, being nowadays super-known worldwide. Now it’s worth tens of billions of dollars, and it all started from a blackjack game! We also have a more detailed article about this story which can be accessed HERE.
  7. The sandwich was invented by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Because he didn’t want to leave the casino gambling table to eat, he was able to find the perfect solution to do both.
  8. You may think that the first device of the tricks in history had a glorious debut. It is not like that. The first device was called the “Liberty Bell” and was invented by Charles Fey in 1895 in order to be placed in his car service so that customers could have a job while the car was being repaired. Nor did Charles Fey think that his invention would become so popular worldwide that gaming venues around the world would buy it.
  9. It may sound silly, but, according to gClub casino, the Las Vegas casinos took full advantage of atomic bomb testing after 1950. In 1951, the US Department of Energy detonated over 1,000 test bombs just about 100 km northwest of Las Vegas… It was a pretty scary show that turned night into day and left behind smoke-scare clouds. But Las Vegas casinos used this horror show to further promote their services. They encouraged players to come and try their luck at the playing table while watching the show. Moreover, they offered free “atomic” cocktails and even organized a “Miss Atomic Energy” beauty contest.
  10. Although Monaco is one of the most important places on the planet when it comes to casinos and gambling, the residents of this city-state are not allowed to play in local casinos!

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