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Casino Trivia

It's no surprise to anybody that Las Vegas sees more money spent on gambling every year than any other place in the world but did you know that for one person to be able to spend one night in every hotel room in the town, it would take 288 years?

Staying with Las Vegas, Bugsy Siegel named his famous casino 'The Flamingo' after the long legs of Virginia Hill, his showgirl girlfriend. What a pity he didn't live long enough to enjoy her. Because the casino flopped, the Mob had him shot!

Card games have always been popular and more than 70 million decks of cards are sold in the US every year. The French developed the suits to represent the four classes of man: diamonds for merchants, clubs for peasants, hearts for the clergy and spades for the nobility.

Speaking of nobility, have you heard of the Earl of Sandwich? He was a serious poker player who hated to leave the table even for meals. Instead he had his butler bring him a slice of meat between two slices of bread thus making a meal he could enjoy whilst playing his favorite game. Hence the word 'sandwich'.

The term 'Dead Man's Hand' is used to describe a hand containing two black aces and two black eights. Why? Because Wild Bill Hickok was holding such a hand when he was shot. What the kicker was (the 5th card) is greatly disputed.

Moving on to the roulette table, did you know it's called 'The Devil's Wheel' because the total of the numbers add up to 666, the legendary number of the beast?

A certain Ashley Revell of London probably wouldn't agree to the Devil being involved. In 2004 he sold all his possessions and traveled to Las Vegas with $135,300. He put the entire sum on 'red' at the roulette table in a double-or-nothing bet. The ball landed on 'red 7' and Revell walked away with his money doubled.