26-30 Gambling Facts

26. In 1841, the State of Connecticut outlawed nine pin bowling in an attempt to curb gambling. Ten-pin bowling was created as a loophole to get around the law. – Source

27. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas had to reconfigure it’s original entrance, a large gold walk-through lion, as Chinese high rollers were avoiding it, believing walking through beasts to be unlucky before gambling. – Source

28. “Hell on Wheels” was originally used to describe the itinerant collection of flimsily assembled gambling houses, dance halls, saloons, and brothels that followed the army of Union Pacific railroad workers westward as they constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1860s North America. – Source

29. A British gambler sold all of his possessions, including all of his clothes, and bet $135,300 on red for a single spin of a roulette wheel in Las Vegas and won. – Source

30. In 2015, Tayla Polia, better, got paid out for one of the biggest long shots in gambling history after she hit on a 20,000-to-1 NFL parlay. At 20,000-to-1 odds, Polia’s $5 became $100,005. – Source

31-35 Gambling Facts

31. The Australian gambling game two-up is illegal to play in public, except on Anzac Day each year when it is played in honor of fallen soldiers. – Source

32. Milton Bradley used a spinner in his games instead of dice because of the negative association with gambling. – Source

33. Iranian tennis showman Mansour Bahrami fled to France where he tried to meet the higher living costs by gambling all his savings in a casino. He lost everything on the first night. – Source

34. In order to pay off his gambling debts, Dostoyevsky once wagered the rights to all his past and future works, betting a publisher that he could complete a novel in 30 days. – Source

35. Gambling on papal elections has at least a 500-year history. – Source

36-40 Gambling Facts

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36. A certain Tamagotchi version was almost banned because it had a slot game; it was feared that this would cause children to grow up to become the “gambling addicts of tomorrow”. – Source

37. Florida accidentally banned smartphones and computers in an attempt to ban gambling internet cafes. – Source

38. Art Schlichter (former NFL QB) blew $20,000 on gambling midway through his first season, $700,000 by the end of the season, more when suspended in 1984, suspended again in 1985 for gambling, arrested for a gambling operation in 1987 then was caught gambling in jail in 2004. – Source

39. Because gambling is illegal in South Carolina, beach tourists have the option to pay companies to take them into international waters (outside state jurisdiction) via boat in order to gamble. – Source

40. The highest level gambling card at a Harrah’s Casino, Seven Stars, is named after Harrah’s 7 wives. – Source

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Last Update: August 15, 2018