A Brief History of Roulette

Written by Super User. Posted in Casino Culture

Roulette is one of the oldest casino table games. The story of its creation begins over three and a half centuries ago, and through the years its history has become steeped in folklore, full of tales of colourful, outlandish characters, both big winners and big losers.

The creation of the roulette wheel is often attributed to Blaise Pascal, that extraordinary seventeenth-century French thinker and child prodigy, who contributed so much to mathematics, science and philosophy. Apparently, in his quest to make a perpetual motion machine, he instead came up with a prototype for the early roulette wheel that went virtually unchanged for two hundred years.

Until 1843 that is, when two Frenchmen, Francois and Louis Blanc, decided to entice more customers, by using single-zero wheels. Previously, the wheel had contained the numbers 1-36 and two house pockets (0 and 00), but the brothers changed theirs to compete with the other casinos in the German spa town of Bad Homburg; these days the European version of online roulette has slots 0-36 and the American version contains the additional 00 slot. You can play online roulette and other casino table games at Harry Casino.

Among some of the more outlandish tales in roulette mythology, is the one that tells how the Blanc brothers sold their souls to the devil in exchange for the secrets of roulette. The facts that the numbers 1 to 36 add up to 666, the number of the beast, lends the story a tiny bit of legitimacy. Whatever the case, roulette’s popularity grew during the nineteenth century and it spread across Europe and into America. The 1860s saw the German government abolish gambling and the Blancs moved their operation to Monte Carlo, which would soon become the gambling Mecca of Europe.

When the game entered America and spread from New Orleans up the Mississippi, both operators and gamblers encountered problems. Dishonesty and rampant cheating from both parties meant that the wheel was eventually placed on top of table so that no one could tamper with the wheel out of sight. The layout was also simplified to make for a faster-paced game and one that would be more appealing to the masses.

Roulette’s enduring popularity is still felt today. In the early twentieth century the casinos of Vegas and Monte Carlo were the only places of note to have single-zero wheels, but by the 1970s casinos were popping up everywhere. Now, there are literally hundreds of casinos that offer roulette and many more online casinos that offer different versions of the game. The land-based casinos in America, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean favour the double-zero wheel, while the single-zero is used predominantly in other regions.

Online bingo- a good means to socialize

Written by Super User. Posted in Bingo Moments

In today’s fast paced world, people have absolutely no time to socialize. They are so caught up with their work that they just feel like coming straight back home to relax instead of heading out to a bingo hall or a pub. So how about playing a game online that is both sociable and rewarding?

Online bingo is definitely a good bet. Online bingo sites have a variety of casino and bingo games and players can also chat with each other while playing. Therefore, bingo provides for the perfect entertainment for people who are looking to have a good time when at home.

One of the biggest reasons why online bingo is an easily affordable game too is because players can earn bingo bonuses. Bingo bonuses are nothing but free money that players make use of to play more games. These bonuses can then be collected and withdrawn depending on what the site’s policy is about withdrawals and deposits.

On GameVillage Bingo, player will first have to meet wagering requirements of 4x in bingo games and 10x in casino games. Once a player meets this requirement, they can make withdrawals.

All deposits and withdrawals are done with an account that the site sets up for the player which can be accessed with a user name. Players get very innovative with their user names and have even come up with some interesting ones like Danslady, Collinsmummy, Babybaby, Redlips, etc.

Indeed, a user name can tell a lot about you. So, come join the conversation and participate in chat room quizzes that are organized by chat hosts just so that you can win a couple of more freebies.

Online bingo truly has a lot to offer. So, come grab your share of the entertainment anytime you please.

5 Key things that happened at this year’s WSOP

Written by Super User. Posted in Pint of Poker

The pressure has finished and the cards have been folded for another year. WSOP may be over but the memories will stay with us a lifetime, and there have been some great ones this year. At the start of July, thousands of challengers took a break from playing poker online and descended on Vegas, ready for a big win.

The WSOP is the largest live poker tournament in history, and the 45th one was no exception as massive crowds of nearly 8,000 players all descended on various casinos in Las Vega.

1) People have won it big
Winner takes all, but there are so many poker games taking place at the WSOP that there always have been many, many winners. Over the past near half a century, there is very little change in the general WSOP format, but there have been quite a few millionaires made from this tournament. And let me tell you – this weekend was no exception.

2) Risky business
Poker is all about the big risks, and of course the WSOP where the biggest perils lie. Many of these players may have started out on free online poker, but the money they use is very real.

The sweat and tears of the game are now in the past, and the main event is over. The winners have been decided, and the losers have folded their last cards. Until next year – when we will gladly do it all over again.

3) The overall winner refused to answer press questions
There was drama as one of the big winners of the WSOP, Daniel Colman, refused to answer any press questions and completely disappeared from the stage after his $15million win. As the press hungrily wanted photos and interviews, the 24 year old hastily made his exit from the stage and refused to speak to anyone. ESPN were said to be furious, after paying huge sums for the rights to exclusive interviews with the winners.

He later slammed the gambling industry as “ugly” and said “I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro”. As he returns to his home state of Massachusetts with several more zeroes on his bank account, it really fair to deny fans and sponsors a few words? Let us know what you think in the comment below.

4) Final woman standing
The one remaining woman left in the tournament is Maria Ho, who outlasted all of the other females to be down for the final poker match. Sadly, she didn’t make it much further, but After all of the dramas and battle of the sexes, Taiwanese Maria has risen to the top of the female set to be crowned glorious winner of the title; Last Woman Standing . Although Ho didn’t end up winning, she was the highest ranking woman and came 77th out of 6,683. She, however, felt like she could’ve gone all of the way. “I’m super disappointed,” she said. “Right now it doesn’t feel super great, but I know I will take a lot of awesome things away from this experience.”

5) Big charity win
And the WSOP is also a great way for charities to earn money, no more so than the Cirque du Solei’s creators personal charity Big One for One Stop. The WSOP’s official charity partner gained a massive $4,666,662.

The charity itself said they innovative water access and management projects which promote self-reliance in disadvantaged, rural and semi-rural regions America, West Africa and Asia. The program aims to change the lives of 1 million impoverished people worldwide.

As the competition draws to a close, the WSOP cards are almost at a rest once again for the year. There have been arguments, big losses, even bigger wins and drama - all we can say is join us here in Glorious Las Vegas for the WSOP next year!