Tuesday 14 October 2014

Insane Facts About Gambling

#1 The Devil's Game

All of the numbers on a roulette wheel add up to 666, hence why roulette is referred to as “The Devil's Game.” Well, after all the money we've lost on roulette wheels, at least that's what we call it.

#2 Poker hands

There are 2,598,960 potential 5-card poker hands within a 52 card deck. This means there is a 1 in 649,740 chance of having a royal flush- the highest hand in poker- at any given time.

#3 Vegas tourists

Las Vegas gets an average of 38 million visitors per year, and they spend about $42.8 billion of their own money. It is, after all, like an adult Disneyland.

#4 Gambling addictis

Approximately 5% of people who gamble will become gambling addicts. For your information, a gambling addict is defined as a person who spends money irresponsibly which impacts both themselves and the people around them.

#5 Male gamblers

According to a survey by Inland Entertainment Corp, 84% of all gamblers are men. Perhaps there's a reason for that Frank Sinatra-era stereotype of a bunch of guys in suits hitting a casino?

#6 Slots jackpot

The largest slots jackpot in Las Vegas history was $39,713,982.25. However, it's also worth noting that most Vegas machines only give a daily payout of $108.36, so don't hold your breath on being the lucky winner when the jackpot starts to get up there!

#7 Napoleon

Blackjack was the favorite card game of Napoleon Bonaparte, the infamous French Emperor. Of course it was simply called '21' back then- the name 'Blackjack' is an invention of the early 20th century.

#8 Powerball Lottery

The probability of winning the jackpot in the Powerball Lottery is roughly 1 in 175,223,510. Even for the lower payoffs, the odds are astronomically low: Your odds of winning $4 are at best 1 in 55.41.

#9 Keno is key

Of all the standard casino games, Keno gives you the best chance of winning with 27.04%. Bingo is the worst with only 2.69% of players winning.

#10 2/3 of adults

Two-thirds of the adult population placed some kind of bet last year. What can we say- gambling IS fun, just make sure you don't bet anything you're not willing to lose.


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