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Amazing Gambling Facts You Had No Idea Were True

As the old saying goes, “Truth is stranger than fiction”, and the world of gambling is no different. Gambling has a rich history which dates back thousands of years, though modern forms of gambling have their roots in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through that time, the story of casino gambling is amazing, bizarre, and often hard to believe, but the truth can sometimes be the hardest thing to believe.

For instance, the first gaming machines of the 19th century didn't actually pay out money. You put in coins, but when the symbols (based on playing cards) on the reels aligned, you didn't win your cash back, instead you won vouchers to get a free beer or cigar at the bar the machine was in.

And if you think that the first true slot machine had to have been invented in a city like Las Vegas, Paris, or Monte Carlo, you would be wrong. The first slot machine, called the 'Liberty Bell' was actually invented by a man named Charles Fey in 1887 in San Francisco, of all places. It was a simple machine where lining up 3 bells would win the grand prize, a whopping 10 nickels; certainly a far cry from the incredibly lifelike modern A Night in Paris slot machine. 

There are plenty of amazing gambling facts about classic table games, as well. If you have ever played roulette, did you know that you were actually playing the 'Devil's Game'? It's true, but that demonic moniker comes not from the fact that you could lose everything on a single spin, but because the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel adds up to 666: the Devil's Number.

On the other hand, if blackjack is your table game of choice, then you share something with Napoleon himself. Historians record that Napoleon loved to play blackjack, and especially played the game a great deal after he was exiled to the island of Elba.