Gambling Trivia

Want to win friends and influence people at your next home poker game or on your next business trip (which will, naturally, include a visit to the casino)?

The below list of gambling trivia and interesting gambling facts will do exactly that – make you the life of the party and the guy or gal everyone turns to for the answers to all things casino trivia-related.

Want to win friends and influence people at your next home poker game or on your next business trip (which will, naturally, include a visit to the casino)?

The below list of gambling trivia and interesting gambling facts will do exactly that – make you the life of the party and the guy or gal everyone turns to for the answers to all things casino trivia-related.

A 52-card deck will produce approximately 2.6 million unique hands.

A poker hand composed of Aces and Eights is known as a ‘Dead Man’s Hand.’ This was the hand held by U.S. lawman Wild Bill Hickock when he was shot dead by a man opposed to his anti-slavery stance.

The design for the deck of cards in use today was created in 15th century France. Each of the ‘King’ cards depicts a historic leader. The king of spades represents the Biblical King David. The king of diamonds represents Julius Caesar. The king of clubs represents Alexander the Great. The king of hears represents Charlemagne.

Each of the four suits in a modern deck of 52-cards represents a civilization that has been historically and culturally influential. Spades represent the Middle East of Biblical times. Diamonds represent the Roman Empire. Clubs represent Ancient Greece. Hearts represent the Holy Roman Empire.

If you add up all of the numbers on a roulette wheel – both European and American – the total is 666.

The youngest person to ever with the World Series of Poker Main Event is Joe Cada, who was 8 days shy of his 22nd birthday. He won in 2009.

The youngest WSOP bracelet winner is Annette Obrestad, who won the 2007 WSOPE Main Event the day before her 19th birthday.

Dice have been made out of many materials, including wood, stone, clay, peach pits, animal horns, teeth, ivory, porcelain, bronze and jewels. The oldest known six-sided dice date back to 3,000 B.C. They were found and what is now Northern Iraq and are made of baked clay.

The game of 21 became more commonly known as blackjack thanks to a practice in illegal casinos in the early 1900s. Many casinos issued bonus payments to players whose two-card 21 was composed of an ace and a jack of spades. Others paid bonuses for hands composed of an ace of spades and a jack of either clubs or spades. Because the black jack was the essential component in both bonuses, the name of the game became ‘blackjack.’

The bar symbol on all classic slot machines is derived from the logo of the Bell Fruit chewing gum company. In 1910, Herbert Mills of Chicago, designed a machine with slots through which Bell Fruit chewing gum was dispensed.

The original definition of the word “Casino” was ‘a small villa, summerhouse or pavilion built for pleasure, usually on the grounds of a larger Italian villa or palazzo.’ In the 19th century, the definition of the word “Casino” expanded to include other public buildings where entertainment activities like gambling and sports took place.

When it opened in Las Vegas in 1989, The Mirage became the first casino to with full-time security cameras at all gaming tables.

On Average, Australians gamble more than residents of any other country. A 2003 study showed that adult Australians bet an average 6% of their net disposable income per year. In 2010, per capita annual gambling losses for Australian residents over age 17 was nearly USD$1,300.