• Did you know that one of the most popular gambling games in the US, Craps, has actually originated from a European game, then known as ‘Hazard’. This game was highly popular in Europe in the 17th and the 18th century.
  • You must know that there are only four possible Royal Flushes in a deck of cards. However, did you know that the odds of getting one of the Royal Flushes are 649,740 to 1?
  • Did you know that the popular game ‘Bingo’ goes by the name of ‘Housie’ in Australia and New Zealand? As a matter of fact, Bingo is not even the game’s designated name in the US. The game was originally called ‘Beano’, but players tended to mispronounce the name and in the process the name ‘Bingo’ caught on.
  • Did you also know that the game of Bingo originated in 1530 in Renaissance Italy?
    The game of Baccarat is named after the worst possible hand you can get in the game- a zero. However, Baccarat is known as a high roller game. Also, the game goes by the name of Punto Banco in many parts of South America and Europe, where too, it is considered a high rollers game.
  • Did you know that a gambling game by the name of Keno was used to raise money for the building of the Great China Wall? Keno is known to have been popular in ancient China, especially during the Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 B.C. The game came to the shores of the United States during the 19th century.
  • Did you know that there are two different types of dice? One is the drug store variety that is machine-made and mass produced. The type used in casinos is usually hand made.
  • There are many people who start out gambling as an interesting pastime. They enjoy gambling for the thrill and excitement it provides them. However, some people may tend to develop an addiction to gambling. This can be very dangerous as it can spell financial as well as personal ruin. Here are some early warning signs of a gambling problem that you should know about.
  • One of the earliest signs of a gambling problem is a constant preoccupation with gambling. The interest in gambling seems to have heightened significantly.
  • One other warning sign is when a person starts using gambling as a way to escape life or reality, in much the same way that people start to depend on drugs or alcohol.
  • When a person starts getting restless when not gambling, or gets impatient to start gambling, it should be treated as an early warning sign of a gambling problem.
  • The gambling problem is considered to have set in when a person starts to lie about the amount of money he is losing at the gambling table. When a person starts hiding the stakes at which he is gambling, there is certainly a gambling problem in the making.
  • When a person starts facing financial problems due to gambling, but is unable to stop gambling anyway, there is indeed a gambling problem there.
  • When a person starts borrowing heavily from others to support his gambling habit, the person is already deeply addicted to gambling.
  • When a person is willing to lose or jeopardize his job or an important relationship in his life for gambling, you can be sure that the gambling addiction has set in.
  • Most addicted gamblers believe that once they have won the money they have lost; they can stop to gamble. They will usually begin gambling in an attempt to win back some of the money they have lost.