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4 Facts About Gambling that We BET You’ve Never Heard Before

4 Facts About Gambling that We BET You’ve Never Heard Before

When you’re feeling lucky, or if you simply want to have a bit of fun, gambling is a great way to pass your time and hopefully make some extra money in the process. With free bets and other welcome bonuses and incentives, online gambling and betting is particularly popular. After all, with free bets, you are literally getting something for nothing, and it’s very rare that that happens in this world. For those of you with a keen interest in betting and gambling however, you may be interested to learn a little more about the gambling history. Here are 4 facts about gambling that we BET you’ve never heard before. Also, we’d like to apologise for the bad pun. But we digress. Check out these fun facts.

No dice

Have you ever heard people use the phrase ‘no dice’? It’s commonly used in casinos around the world, and in Hollywood movies, but what does it mean? Well, the phrase actually originates from the US, back in the early 20th century. You see, around this period in time, gambling was an illegal activity that was banned in most states. Not wanting to miss out on the fun however, gamblers would instead head underground, literally, and set up illegal underground casinos in basements. The police soon caught onto this however and would regularly raid these casinos. Many gamblers would actually swallow the dice in order to hide the evidence. Without proof of gambling, the police could do very little.

Sports betting is very popular

We’ve mentioned how online casinos and bookmakers offer gamblers free bets and welcome bonuses, but what type of betting is considered the most popular? Well, for the casual gambler, sports betting is up there. Statistically, more than 1 in 2 people have placed at least one sports bet in the past, with horse racing and major sporting events like the World Cup, proving to be especially popular.

The oldest game in the casino

While many games played in casinos can be traced back many years, there’s one which is considered to be the oldest. The oldest is reportedly ‘Keno’, which is over 2000 years old. The game was played in Ancient China and was invented by a man named Cheung Leung to help raise funds for weapons and supplies. Perhaps most impressive of all, is the fact that the game is still played virtually in exactly the same way as it was over 2000 years ago.

Napoleon enjoyed Blackjack

In casinos, Blackjack is the most popular game. The game originates from the French game ‘Vingt-et-Un’ which literally means 21. The game was so popular in France, that the dastardly Napoleon Bonaparte himself, was a huge fan and would play for hours – particularly after he was exiled to the island of Elba.