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1  Economy / Gambling discussion / Mind Blown Gambling Facts on: August 21, 2020, 02:46:56 PM
This thread was inspired by 9gag fun facts. I hope that you will enjoy reading it!  Shocked


Mind Blown Facts
  • People have been gambling since early times. The first recorded taxation and regulation of gambling was made up in the 4th century BC. Source

  • Keno was invented in China somewhere in the 2nd century BC. Source

  • Gambling and lotteries have often been used to realize lots of public projects. For example, The Great Wall of China was constructed to a big proportion from money derived from Keno. Source

  • Roulette is the oldest casino game. It’s also called the Devil’s game, since the sum of all the numbers in the wheel is 666, the Number of the Beast. Source

  • In the past, the Catholic and Judaic priests supported gambling. Source

  • The card suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades) came from the French Ancién Régime. Cups stand for the clergy, coins mean merchants, clubs are for peasants, and swords are the nobility. Source

  • Italians and French still have arguments about who invented blackjack. Source

  • Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, funded his congressional election campaign with money he won while playing cards in the South Pacific during World War II. Source

  • Despite the fact that the Monte Carlo Casino is a major source of income for Monaco, this country’s citizens are not allowed to visit the casino. Source

  • Las Vegas is well-known all around as world’s gambling centre. However, today the world’s biggest gambling city is Macau, which earned in $45.3 billion in 2013. It takes one day for Macau players to wager the same amount that is wagered in a week in Las Vegas. Source

  • The main airport in Las Vegas, McCarran International airport, is the 8th busiest airport in the world.  There are 850 flights a day and over 2.5 million people a month, most of whom are gamblers. Source

  • The first online casino was launched by Microgaming in 1996 in Antigua, and had 18 casino games. Source

  • 68% of players in Las Vegas play slots games. Source

  • The famous MIT team consists of students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They played blackjack from 1979 until the beginning of the 21st century. They made millions with some legal techniques such as card counting. Source

  • President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe won 100,000 Zimbabwean dollars (that is US$2,600 at the time) in a lottery in 2000. He is the only modern Head of State who won the lottery. Source

  • The largest slot jackpot win was in Vegas in 2003. A 25-year-old engineer hit a $39,710,826.36 jackpot on the Megabucks machine, beating odds of about 17 million to one. Source

  • You can’t see clock and windows in brick and mortar casinos. Source

  • In 2011, Blackjack player Don Johnson won over $15 million in Atlantic City casinos for half a year. Source

  • The potential for Royal Flush (poker) is 1 in 649,740. Source

  • 2,598,960 unique five-card hands can be made from a standard 52-card deck, with a single pair having a 42.3% likelihood of being in any hand. Source

  • Tesla became a gambling addict, lost all his tuition money, dropped out of school and suffered a nervous breakdown. Source

  • A village in India is addicted to chess after one man taught everyone how to play 50 years ago to stop excessive alcohol use and gambling which has now all declined to almost nothing. Source

  • A wife bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to prove a point to her husband that it was a waste of money, but it ended up winning her $1 million. Source

  • Monkeys can learn to use the money. Capuchins that were taught to exchange silver discs for treats began budgeting for foods they liked, buying more of something when the price dropped and started gambling. Eventually, rich monkeys even figured out they could pay each other for sex. Source

  • In the early days of FedEx, CEO Fred Smith took the company’s last $5,000 to Las Vegas and won $27,000 gambling on blackjack to cover the company’s $24,000 fuel bill. Source

  • Gambling for cash is illegal in Japan. Instead, balls won from games are exchanged for prizes or tokens. These items are then exchanged for cash at a place nominally separate from the parlor. Source

  • The night before the Olympic final, Michael Jordan apparently spent the night drinking and gambling all night, then he went on a long day of press appearances, plus 18 holes of golf in Barcelona before he went on to lead Team USA in a gold-medal winning victory over Croatia. Source

  • In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicate bought almost all the combinations in a Virginia lottery and won, turning a $5M purchase into a $27M winnings. Source

  • All gambling in Finland is controlled by the government, and all of the profits go to charity. Source

  • Loot Boxes are regulated in some countries under gambling laws. Source

  • Pinball was banned in NYC as a gambling device until 1976 when Roger Sharpe testified by playing pinball in the courtroom while calling out precisely what he was going to shoot for and scoring showing that it’s a game of skill and not chance. Source

  • After Russia outlawed virtually all gambling in 2009. A Russian engineer learned how to cheat slot machines. He took his knowledge to the U.S. and won $21,000. Casinos still have no fix for it. Source

  • Canadians who win sweepstakes have to answer a math question to claim the winnings to keep it from being considered gambling or a game of chance. Source

  • The most successful pirate in history was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao commanded 80,000 sailors & a fleet bigger than most country’s navies, which is why the government had to give up and offer her a truce. She retired with her loot & opened a gambling house before passing away peacefully. Source

  • A gambler named Archie Karas went to Las Vegas with $50, gambled it up to $40 million over the next two years, only to lose it all in three weeks. Source

  • Two boys tried to sue Nintendo in 1999 alleging that Pokémon caused their gambling addictions. Source

  • Australians lose more money per capita to gambling than any other nation. Source

  • The sandwich was supposedly invented by the Earl of Sandwich, who was so addicted to gambling that he refused to leave the table for meals and demanded something he could eat with one hand. It caught on amongst other players, who ordered “the same as sandwich” thus, “the sandwich”. Source

  • Kowloon Walled City once existed in Hong Kong with an estimated population density of 3,250,000 people per square mile. No laws or rules governed the city and had the highest rates of gambling, prostitution, and drug use. Source

  • In a case study patients were given an experimental drug to treat their Parkinsons disease, 11 of the patients experienced intense urges to gamble their money despite little interest in gambling before. Even losing large sums of money. All the patients stopped gambling when tapered off the meds. Source

  • In the 1800s, one of the most popular sports in the world was distance walking which attracted huge crowds and gambling. Thousands of spectators would turn up to watch challenges such as walking 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.Source

  • In 2014, Singapore’s anti-gambling agency, in a bid to leverage the world cup fever, published an advert that showed a worried kid telling his friend that his father had bet all their savings on Germany winning the world cup. Germany won.Source

  • Medieval university students had a reputation for drunken debauchery and were criticized for neglecting their studies in favor of gambling, drinking, and sleeping with prostitutes.Source

  • A male gambler called Brian Zembic is known for doing anything to win a bet and agreed to have breast implants and keep them for one year in return for $100,000. He won the bet and 20 years later still has 38C breasts.Source

  • Gambling sites and betting odds are better at predicting election results than polls.Source

  • In 1841, the State of Connecticut outlawed nine pin bowling in an attempt to curb gambling. Ten-pin bowling was created as a loophole to get around the law. Source

  • The MGM Grand in Las Vegas had to reconfigure it’s original entrance, a large gold walk-through lion, as Chinese high rollers were avoiding it, believing walking through beasts to be unlucky before gambling.Source

  • “Hell on Wheels” was originally used to describe the itinerant collection of flimsily assembled gambling houses, dance halls, saloons, and brothels that followed the army of Union Pacific railroad workers westward as they constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1860s North America. Source

  • A British gambler sold all of his possessions, including all of his clothes, and bet $135,300 on red for a single spin of a roulette wheel in Las Vegas and won. Source

  • In 2015, Tayla Polia, better, got paid out for one of the biggest long shots in gambling history after she hit on a 20,000-to-1 NFL parlay. At 20,000-to-1 odds, Polia’s $5 became $100,005. Source

  • Iranian tennis showman Mansour Bahrami fled to France where he tried to meet the higher living costs by gambling all his savings in a casino. He lost everything on the first night. Source NEW!







I will try to post some additional gambling fact here daily just like 9gag fun facts . You can share gambling facts that still not listed above.

2  Other / Meta / Request for Notification Feature in the forum on: June 11, 2020, 04:29:58 PM
I hope theymos can add a feature that can show notifications for a user that reply to your post on a certain thread(Just like on Facebook notification) which when you click the notif, You can go directly to that reply post. It will be very helpful to have a clear and serious discussion here in the forum. We all know that most of the user here are just doing comment and get tf out on thread without looking back because the thread was easily being flood.

I hope admin notice this request. Smiley
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / How are you today $MATIC holders? on: December 10, 2019, 04:53:03 AM
I knew this mega dump will come on $MATIC since it was already over bought since its price rally. I don't know the real reason why dump happened.

Anyone here can drop news related to this event?
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