DID YOU KNOW?
1. A traditional 52-card deck holds 2,598,960 unique five-card hands, with a single pair having a 42.26 percent likelihood of showing up in any hand.
2. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas’s main airport, is the 8th busiest airport in the world, with 850 flights a day and more than 2.5 million visitors a month, most of whom visit to gamble.
3. Blue-chip companies get their name from blue casino chips, which at one point were typically worth more than white or red chips.
4. Approximately 70% of gamblers in Las Vegas play slot machines.
5. Gambling and lotteries have been used to build many public projects, it is rumored that even included the Great Wall of China.
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6. The beloved sandwich was invented by John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, an English nobleman who didn’t want to leave the casino table to eat.
7. Students from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ran a BlackJack team from 1979 until the early 2000s and made millions using legal, mathematically sound counting techniques. There is a book written about their exploits called “Bringing Down the House” and it became even more a part of pop culture when it was adapted into the feature film “21” and released in 2008.
8. Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, won a private lottery in 2000, sweeping a prize of 100,000 Zimbabwean dollars (about US$2,600 at the time). He is the only modern Head of State to have won the lottery.
9. The card suits we know and love – hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades – are derived from the French Ancién Régime. Cups represented the clergy, coins represented merchants, clubs were for peasants, and swords stood for the nobility.
10. Although the Monte Carlo Casino is a major source of income for MonaMonaco, Monegasque citizens are allowed to enter the Casino’s but banned from entering the gaming areas.