Friday, December 20, 2013

Casino games: The brainchild of logic and dexterity

Gambling has been in existence since ancient times, but the casino setting known today was built only in 1638—the CasinĂ² di Venezia in the Mediterranean coast of Italy. Online casinos, which are significantly much newer than the brick and mortar version, only came into wide use in the 1990s. Today, almost every major region in the world has a gaming hub carpeted in an exuberant arsenal of casino games. With the arrival of Web-based venues, access has become even wider. Here are a few more casino trivia that people may not know yet:

  • The word “Casino” originally meant a small summerhouse built for pleasure, usually on the grounds of a larger Italian villa or palazzo. During the 19th century, the word “Casino” came to include other public buildings where pleasurable activities, including gambling and sports, took place.
  • Blackjack is believed to have originated in France and was called vingt-et-un (French for 21).
  • Most casinos allow players to place a bet on the line that separates the 2nd and 3rd dozens (roulette). It is called the courtesy line and is the same as placing a chip on the “o” (zero).
  • Average blackjack players can expect to go bust 16% of the time, but they are likely to win a blackjack hand 48% of the time.
  • Poker is offered in many versions and multiplayer games, which include Razz, Caribbean Stud, 5 Card Stud, SitNGo, Red Dog. H.O.R.S.E., and Let It Ride.
  • The French developed the card suits to represent the four classes of man: diamonds for merchants, clubs for peasants, hearts for the clergy, and spades for the nobility.
  • Money is circulated in online casinos through credit card, electronic check, certified check, money order, or even wire transfer.

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