Little Known Casino Facts

As popular as casinos have become in today’s world, there are facts about them that not everyone knows. Some facts are related to Las Vegas casinos and others are related to casinos throughout the world.

Not many people know that the world’s largest casino is China’s Venetian Macao. The casino spans more than 10.5 million square feet and is the world’s fourth largest building of any kind. The Venetian Macao boasts a 500,000 square foot casino floor and 3,000 suites.

The Golden Gate Casino in Las Vegas predates the legalization of casinos and gambling in general which occurred 25 years after Golden Gate was built. This casino can be found in downtown Las Vegas on world famous Fremont Street, which is a Las Vegas attraction of its own.

Downtown Las Vegas is also home to Binion’s Horseshoe Casino. The World Series of Poker began at Binion’s when its owner, a poker player himself, held a Texas Hold Em tournament that he invited the world’s top poker players to participate in. A secret ballot was used to determine which player won that tournament. In the early days of Binion’s gamblers were permitted to wager any amount they wanted if they had never placed a wager in that particular casino before. This led to the downfall of one gambler at the casino who became the first Las Vegas patron to ever lose $1,000,000 gambling.

Being a superstitious city, the majority of the casino hotels in Las Vegas do not include a 13th floor. This is due to the superstitions some people have in regards to that number. Las Vegas casinos never put windows or clocks on or near the casino floor. The reason for this is that they want gamblers to forget how long they have been there.

Las Vegas’s first ever casino to include a hotel and bill itself as a resort is the Flamingo. This casino was thought up by two infamous figures involved in organized crime; Bugsy Siegal and Meyer Lansky.

Gamblers at any casino are being watched by multiple cameras anytime they sit down at a game table. On the ceiling above the table there are always several security cameras that are focused on the table below them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These cameras are referred to by casino employees as eyes in the sky.

Though many don’t realize it, counting cards at a casino is not and has never been against the law, though casinos discourage their gamblers from doing this. The majority of casinos consider card counting cheating, even though the law allows it.

The modern video slot machines that gamblers are familiar with today never appeared in any land based casino until 1975. That was the year that the first video slot machine, Fortune Coin, was found on casino floors.

These facts are ones that are not commonly known by gamblers throughout the world. Each of them has helped make land based casinos what they are today.