10 Casino Facts You Didn’t Know
By Alex J. Coyne © 2017 Gifts for Card Players
Even if you’re a seasoned veteran of the casino floor, we’re willing to bet on the fact that you might not have known about any of these cool, weird or otherwise unusual casino facts and statistics. Use the comments below the article to let us know of any weird facts you might know about!
Gambling is officially illegal for citizens of Monaco, despite the fact that they have plenty of casino’s and it happens to be one of the largest sources of income for the country to this day. How? The gambling ban, it seems, doesn’t extend to tourists who are just visiting.
Gambling for money is technically illegal in Japan, which extends to cover game machines like slots and video poker, too – but the law says nothing about game machines which produce tokens for their players instead. Then, these tokens can be exchanged for cash: Completely legal. Pachinko is one such game.
In 2005, a South African casino had to change their names from Caesars Gauteng to Emperor’s Palace instead after a take-over meant that they could no longer use the Caesar’s name, which belongs to Caesars Entertainment Inc.
The largest casino in the world at the time of writing is the Macau Hotel Resort & Casino in China, which covers an incredible 10, 500, 000 square feet of surface area
The official Guinness world record for casino-hopping was first achieved by father-and-son Jack and Jeremy Freeman, who visited 69 casinos for a game of blackjack in 24 hours. Their 2007 record was later repeated by Kimo Ah Yun and Gary Meyer in 2015.
The largest slot-machine tournament to date took place in 2016 at Muckleshoot Casino in Washington, US; a total of 3, 173 individuals took place in the tournament and reportedly took home more than $100, 000 in cash winnings overall.
In 2014, the US casino and gambling industry was estimated to be worth approximately $240 billion. The same year, CNN Money reported that Macau now boasted with a gambling industry that brought in seven times more than that of Vegas.
The year 1996, according to statistics by PBS Frontline, saw 87% of Las Vegas visitors going there with the idea in mind of gambling – we guess the rest must have been on their way to a Celine Dion gig instead? According to the same, 29.6 million people visited Vegas that year.
A 1984 article in the New York Times reported the story of Dr. Schreurer, a doctor who specializes in making house calls to the casino; in it, he claimed that the Bally’s gambling floor would see “at least one heart attack” per week – that’s 52 per year!
Most casinos are laid out in very specific ways: For one, the majority of gambling floors don’t have an overhead clock, because you just might stay five or ten minutes longer if you don’t know which is which. Our tip? Wristwatches aren’t dead – yet.
Most people who talk about online casino games classify popular casino card games into two main groups: skill games and games of chance. Skill games are games where there is generally a right and wrong way to play the game. Learning these techniques takes time, and effort. However, you could learn how to earn a small edge over the house. Skill games include games like poker and blackjack. In contrast, games of chance are completely random, and include games like slots. Short of cheating, there is no straightforward way to gain an edge over the house although many successful players would argue this point! In an article written by my Sister in Law, you can find some tips – Fruit Machines