Casinos have been around for centuries, and are a hub for the greatest spectrum of emotions.
And, from time to time, something bizarre happens. Sometimes this can even influence culture of the surrounding area and beyond, in the weirdest of ways.
Here are five weird facts about casinos that you (probably) didn’t know.
1) The Sandwich Was Invented in a Casino (Kind of)
Legend has it, that in 1765, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was sitting in a casino when he demanded his servants get some food for him, in the form of meat between bread, allowing him to continue playing at the same time.
While this dish wasn’t invented by the Earl, it was his title – and his enjoyment of the food – that produced the name “sandwich”, which are now popular across the world bearing his very name.
2) Card Counting is Completely Legal
Contrary to urban myths, card counting in blackjack is completely legal.
However, and it is a big however, casinos are – unsurprisingly – not a fan of the method and are well within their rights to throw you out if they know – or even suspect – you of doing so.
Unfortunately, when played online, blackjack, which is one of the world’s most popular casino games, has no potential to count cards, as the process of shuffling is completely random and done after every round, meaning there is no chance of the player getting get deck penetration.
3) The Numbers on a Roulette Wheel Add up to 666
Regardless of whether you are a fan of roulette or not, there is one spooky fact about the game that first originated in France in the 18th century… all the numbers on the wheel add up to 666 – the number of the beast!
Creepy coincidence, twisted joke or are darker forces at work? You decide.
4) The Smallest Casino in the World is in the Back of a London Cab
If you’re not a big fan of overcrowded casinos and prefer something a bit more personal and cosy, then you might want to head to Birmingham, England.
In the back of a Black Cab, you’ll find your own mini casino, equipped with its own dealer. You can play blackjack, poker or roulette in the cab – a great way to stay entertained on your commute!
5) Monaco Citizens Aren’t Allowed to Gamble at the Monte Carlo Casino
Bizarrely, Monaco, Europe’s capital of gambling, prohibits locals from gambling in its casinos. And, unless you work there, you won’t even be granted access to the casinos – including the famous Monte Carlo Casino!
But why is this? Well, the answer dates back to the 19th century. During this period, the House of Grimaldi, Monaco’s ruling family, faced bankruptcy. But Princess Caroline had the idea of opening a casino in the territory in order to increase income. However, they only wanted foreign nationals to come and play at the casinos – helping to boost their economy. Therefore, they banned locals from playing, and potentially losing money, as the country was reliant on the income of all of its citizens in order to prosper.
The law hasn’t changed since, and so the people of Monaco still can’t play at any of its casinos, and they can only enter a casino if they work there.