When researching topics for articles and blog posts, you often come across some very interesting snippet of information regarding some aspect of casino gaming, either online or offline, which is hugely interesting, but not quite enough to make a post out of alone.
So what I do is keep all these little snippets of information together and then every now and then, compile them into a blog post which covers them all!
This will include of course some stories that you may have heard before, but hopefully it will also include a fair few stories that you have not heard previously!
The Biggest Casino In The World?
So where is the biggest casino in the world? We are not talking in terms of turnover here, but
instead actual floor space?
It is tempting to think that one of the big casinos in Las Vegas or Atlantic City would be top of this list, but in truth, no casino in these popular gambler venues is even the largest in the United States.
That record goes to the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Originally opened in 2003, the casino was subject to a huge upgrade in 2013 and now measures over 600,000 feet in size and contains thousands of slots, card and roulette tables for customers to play.
However, when you need a break from the tables, this Chickasaw-owned casino boasts 12 restaurants, two pools and its own hotel.
600,000 square feet is pretty big, but even that is dwarfed by the biggest casino in the world today. That honor is held by The Venetian Casino in Macau, which covers an incredible 10,500,000 square feet in total. That equates to over 241 acres (or 97 hectares).
When Is A Slot Not A Slot?
Slot games are one of the most popular, if not THE most popular casino game in the world today, however they are not known by the same name all over the world. Mention roulette, poker or baccarat to people in Australia or the UK and they’ll know exactly what you are talking about, but say slots to an Aussie and they may think you are referring to something else entirely!
That’s because in Australia and New Zealand, slot games are known as ‘pokies’, so called because the first slots in these countries were based on the game of poker and involved players landing the best poker hand (similar to Video Poker). From that name, the nickname “pokies” developed and caught on.
Scottish slots fans may play on the “puggies’ in stead of slot, which is a bastardised form of pokies and which is also used as a term of endearment in Scotland.
However, in the UK as a whole, slot games can be called an number of names including ‘one-armed bandits’ (from the early games that used a lever to set the reels rolling) or ‘fruit machines” or “fruities” which refers to the common use of fruit symbols on slot games. The UK also uses slots and these three terms are often used interchangeably, even if a game does not have a lever, fruit symbols or even a slot to place your coins into!
Motorhead Classic “Ace Of Spades” Should Have Been Renamed
British rock and roll legends Motorhead had a smash hit in the 1980s with their classic “Ace of Spades” which is based on the game of poker and which features a number of phrases included in the song referencing that “dead man’s hand” being a prime example.
However, what is less well known is that Lemmy Kilmeister, who composed the song, wasn’t actually a keen poker player at all. Instead, Lemmy’s machine of choice to play was the slot machine and he would often while away his time between gigs playing a huge variety of machines.
When it came to writing the song however, Lemmy found that slots were not quite so easy and romantic to write about as poker and hence, the “Ace of Spades” came into being.
FedEx Exists Today Because Of Blackjack!
Nowadays, FedEx is a muilti-billion dollar multinational company operating around the world, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 1973, owner Frederick Smith was in deep financial trouble and there was just $5,000 left in his fledgling companies bank accounts.
Somewhat unadvisedly, Smith decided to withdraw the full amount and head to Las Vegas to try his luck at the blackjack tables. Fortunately for Smith, he got lucky and earned $27,000 to keep his company afloat and within three years time, his turnover had increased to $11 million and the company made its first profit.
Guess Where The Monte Carlo Casino Won’t Accept Customers From?
Based in the principality of Monaco, the Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most famous and salubrious gambling establishments in the world and perfectly suited to the rich and famous that have made Monaco there home.
You’d think that the casino must make a mint from all those that live in this wealthy haven, but in fact the casino cannot accept wagers from any resident of Monaco due to Princess Carolina making it illegal for citizens to gamble at the casino in the mid 1800s.
Instead, the money the casino generates must come only from foreigners from outside of Monaco. However, citizens have the comfort of knowing that the taxes raised from this income from wealthy foreigners playing at the casino, means that they do not have to pay income tax in the country.
Sandwiches Were Invented Because Of Gambling!
It may sound crazy, but it is the truth! Back in 1765, the Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was renowned as being a huge gambler and often would refuse to leave the gaming table in order to eat the meals that had been prepared for him.
In order to stave off the hunger after playing for hours on end, the Earl would ask his servants to get him some meat in between two slices of bread, a food which had been eaten for a good time before, but which did not have a name.
However, after this, the delicacy became known as a ‘Sandwich’ after the Earl and it soon caught on after the story was related in a French travel guide about London in the 1800s.
Vegas Casinos Used Atom Bomb Tests To Attract Customers In The 1950s
When the United States was developing more powerful nuclear weapons in the 1950s, they tested over a thousand nuclear bombs at sites around 70 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Casinos in the new tourist attraction in the desert soon realised that interest in these detonations was great and so they turned the testing into an incentive for people to visit. Promising them a view of the mushroom clouds created, as well as holding Atomic Bomb Parties, many of which featured Atomic Cocktails.
That’s one Vegas party that certainly went with a bang!