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  1. Did you know that the probability of being dealt a royal flush in a poker game is about 0.00015%? Probabilities are calculated based on the number of favorable cases divided by the number of possible cases. There are 4 types of royal flushes in a deck of playing cards and nearly 2.6 million different card combinations. If you divide 4 to 2.6 million, you get the probability mentioned above. While you're waiting to get a lucky hand at poker, check out more interesting facts about playing cards! 1. Playing Cards Contain Glue Although playing cards do not stick to the hands, they contain a glue core. This glue holds two pieces of paper together representing each side of the card. On top of that, the glue is designed to make the playing cards opaque, so you cannot see the value of the card if you keep them in direct light. The edges of the cards also contain a special layer to prevent moisture from deteriorating them over the years. 2. Casinos Routinely Replace Their Playing Cards It can be very tempting for casino players to mark their cards or pull some valuable cards from their sleeves. That's why casinos over the world go the extra mile to minimize cheating, especially during high-stakes games or when a lot of players are gathered around a table. One way cheating is avoided is by changing all the playing cards in a casino at an interval of eight hours. Another way is to frequently change the playing cards during important events, sometimes once every few hours. Cards that have been used are marked by the casino staff, usually by puncturing a hole through the middle. As you can probably guess, hundreds of decks of playing cards are used in large casinos every week. 3. Playing Cards Were Invented by the Chinese in the 9th Century Most experts have reached the conclusion that the first playing cards were used by the Chinese in the 9th century. However, they used a 32-card deck that resembled domino pieces. These cards were also used as a form of currency among gamblers. The first playing cards were printed on bone, wood, or paper and they have quickly spread to Persia and Egypt back in the days. 4. Canceled Casino Cards Can Be Bought Online As mentioned earlier, a deck of cards doesn't last for very long, especially in a busy casino in Las Vegas. These cards are "retired" after just a few hours of play to prevent players from making personal marks on them. Some of the canceled cards are punctured, others are just marked with special signs and put away. However, many of these canceled playing cards are also sold online. That's because many people would get excited at the idea of playing with cards that have been used at a famous casino in Las Vegas. Retired playing cards are also sold cheaply and shipped internationally. 5. The Oldest Deck of Card Has Been Sold for Nearly $3,000 Old playing cards still have a lot of value. Collectors routinely buy old decks of cards at prices up to $1,000. However, there are also centuries-old playing cards that are sold for nearly $3,000. This is the case for a 52-card tarot deck used in the 15th century in the Netherlands. This old playing card deck is currently on display in New York at the Museum of Art. 6. Face Cards Actually Represent Real People Did you know that the kings represented on face cards depict real historical figures? For example, the king of diamonds represents Julius Caesar, the famous Roman military general. The king of hearts represents Charlemagne, the king of clubs represents Alexander the Great, and the king of spades represents David from the bible. Now you know what you're looking at each time you draw a king card. 7. Bicycle Is One of the Most Famous Playing Card Brand in the United States Playing cards under the brand name of Bicycle have been produced since the 1800s. This is one of the most popular card brands in the United States and it still produces playing cards for regular clients or casinos. Bicycle playing cards are used by famous gamblers, magicians, tricksters, and more. 8. Current Playing Cards Are Strictly Linked to the Modern-Day Calendar There is a reason why there are 52 playing cards in a deck. This number represents the 52 weeks in a year. At the same time, the 13 values in a deck of cards represent the 13 weeks in a quarter or the 13 lunar cycles in a year. There are 4 different suits because there are also 4 different seasons in a year. Lastly, you have 2 colors for your playing cards (red and black) because they represent the day and night. On top of that, if you add up all the values depicted on each playing card, assigning 11 for the Jack, 12 for the Queen, and 13 for the King, you reach 364. Add one for the Joker and you have 365, the number of days in a year. Add the second Joker and you have 366, the number of days in a leap year. 9. The Card Depicting Number 8 Holds a Secret Take a closer look at your 8 card in a standard playing card deck. If you look at the negative space between the pips, you'll see that it resembles the 8 digit. This is obviously done intentionally and it is valid for all the 8s in a playing deck. Unfortunately, this rule doesn't apply to the other playing cards, so don't try to match their negative spaces with the corresponding digit. Now You Know a Lot of Interesting Facts About Playing Cards! Nothing can be more exciting than playing cards, especially when the weather outside is bad. Next time you and your friends gather for a night of games, don't hesitate to share these facts with them. They will definitely find them entertaining! In the meantime, make sure that you check the other interesting articles on our website to learn more about card games and how to become a better gambler.
  2. As people in the UK are five times more likely to be hooked on risky betting than others around the world, it's crucial that we as a nation have protections in place for those that love to gamble. UK betting shops didn't always have these protections, but it's interesting to see how and why they got them. Here, we're going to talk about the legalisation and history of bookies in the UK. Read on to learn how far we've come in the gambling world since last century! What Are UK Betting Shops? Simply put, a betting shop is a small shop where one can place in-person bets with a licensed bookmaker. These bookies facilitate gambling for people who come to them so that they can bet on sporting events including horseraces, the outcomes of football games, and more. While these shops used to be illegal (and still are in many parts of the world), the UK has legalised them. This has made these betting shops a safe place for gamblers to place bets and continue to have legal protections. This wasn't always the case, though, which is why it's important to understand the history of UK betting shops. Where Did They Come From? Up until 1960, when the Betting and Gaming Act was introduced to Great Britain, bookies were 100% an illegal business. While they did exist, there were penalties in place for those who were caught. For this reason, people who placed bets with them had no legal protections in place. Dishonest bookies were free to con and scam to their heart's desire. However, all that changed when the first legal betting shop opened up on 1 May 1961. They then started opening up at a really brisk and steady rate, with approximately 100 new shops opening each week. Bookies that operated in these betting shops were given licenses to operate from the Racecourse Betting Control Board to operate across the nation. Why Were These Laws Passed? The new laws were passed specifically because of the prevalence of illegal betting around England. When illegal betting ran rampant, booked would send physical runners to collect money from those who were in debt to them. As you can imagine, this lead to criminal acts like assault and extortion that ran the police thin. When the new act was passed, punters could only place off-course bets by proving that they already had enough credit to set up an account with a bookie. Bets would then be placed by telephone to ensure that runners weren't sent to rough anyone up. The Impact After these laws were passed, gambling became less stigmatised as well as being safer. Punters wouldn't risk becoming embroiled in criminal activity, so people were less likely to judge them for risky behaviours. While bookies weren't allowed to post adverts or market themselves, people did know about them and share which ones they liked with each other. Get Started Gambling has always been a pastime that people in Great Britain enjoy. Now that you know the history of betting shops and their role in the UK, it's time to learn more about where you can gamble and have a good time placing bets. While it's fun to go out and meet with a bookie sometimes, there are other days where you might just want to gamble from the comfort of your own home. Check out the 'casinos' tab on our home page and start browsing for an online casino that works for you!
  3. According to legend, the game of shooting craps came about from ancient Roman soldiers using knuckle-bones of a pig as dice and armor shields as a table. Yet others believe that craps came from an Arabic dice game known as Al Dar. One of the more popular beliefs is that the game originated from Sir William of Tyre in 1125. The history of craps is long and storied indeed. You may have seen craps featured in a movie or even within the setting of a fantasy book. It's a popular dice game that seems to find its way into all forms of entertainment. If you're curious and want to learn more about craps, then keep reading. In this article, we'll cover nine facts about the game of craps. 1. Superstitions Abound Around the Game of Craps Did you know that the term "lady luck" comes from one of the superstitions about shooting craps? Some believe that men and women don't have the same kind of luck. Players who have never played craps are known as virgin players. When a male virgin to craps plays, they're thought to be unlucky. However, when a female virgin to the game plays, she's known as a lucky charm. Also referred to as Lady Luck. Having a woman blow on the dice is thought to bring you good luck on your roll. That's not where the superstitions stop, though. Saying the number "seven" at the table is thought to bring terrible luck. Instead, players prefer to say the word "big red," "the devil," or simply "it." Another common superstition is that you shouldn't touch or speak to the shooter during their turn. If you touch the shooter, it can cause the dice to seven out. You're also supposed to keep your hands off the board during a roll, because it's thought that if the dice hit your hand, they will land on seven. The final superstition that is often encountered is the concept of "cold dice." Cold dice refers to either a new set of nice not used yet, or a table with few players where the dice haven't been used much yet. This is why, if dice hit the floor, some players will yell "same dice" so that the dealer won't get a new pair out. 2. There Are Four Main Bets Craps is one of the more difficult casino games to play if you don't know the rules. The table has many different wagers, and the dice can create numerous variations of a roll. As a game of chance and odds, it's got quite a few rules. To help simplify matters and start learning craps, you need to know that there are four main bets you should be aware of. These four bets are: ➀ pass line ➁ don't pass line ➂ come ➃ don't come You'll want to try and stay with these bets. They have the lowest house edge. "Pass line" and "come" bets both have a house advantage. Whereas "don't pass line" and "don't come" both have a house edge. It's worth noting that many players despise when someone places any "don't" bets. The reason for this is that it's traditional for players to bet with the shooter. This allows everyone to cheer together when the shooter is on a streak. When you make a "don't" bet, you're wagering against the shooter. When you do this, it's known as "betting on the wrong side." It's called this because you're hoping for the shooter to lose, which is what the house casino wants. Betting against the shooter doesn't give you any noteworthy advantages at winning, hence why most everyone stays together and bets in favor of the shooter. This helps to create a more amicable and friendly atmosphere as well. 3. Seven Is Rolled Often Of all the possible combinations to roll with craps, the number 7 is the most often to occur. The numbers 2 and 12 are the least rolled in the game. 4. There's a World Record A woman named Patricia Demauro decided to try playing craps for the first time in 2009. She went on to play the game for an astounding four hours and 18 minutes without rolling a single seven. In total, she rolled the dice 154 consecutive times at the table. 5. Dice Control Doesn't Work Dice control refers to a system where people build a strategy based on rolling the dice a certain way. Most of these strategies hinge on the dice not hitting the back wall of the table. The problem with this is that most casinos require you to bounce the dice off the back wall. If a dealer catches you attempting dice control, you'll be removed from the game. Also, with online casinos, dice control is impossible because everything is digital. 6. The Roll 11 Is Known as "Yo-Leven" Shooting craps is a verbal game. Players must say aloud their bet commands, and the casino staff must announce point numbers and rolls. Both the words "seven" and "eleven" sound similar. To break up the confusion, players adopted saying "Yo-level" or "yo" when referring to 11. 7. The Yo Bet Is the Worst There are a total of 36 possible combinations in craps. A meager two of these combinations can create a total of 11. With a wide gulf between odds and payout, yo-level is one of the worst wagers a craps player can make. 8. Hedging Bets Doesn't Work Hedging a bet means you place multiple bets on different outcomes in an attempt to minimize the risk. However, this strategy doesn't work in craps. The reason behind this is because of the house edge on two of the main betting commands. 9. Huge Money Records Like with any betting game, craps has a few stories where a person amassed incredible wealth. Take Archie Karas as an example. While already notably wealthy with a $17 million fortune. He betted on shooting craps and turned that fortune into an astounding $40 million. Shooting Craps Is Fun The game of shooting craps spans back thousands of years ago and has remained popular ever since. If you’re new to playing craps, there are online guides you can read to learn the game. Looking to play craps today? Check out our many online craps games today!
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