world record for an overall jackpot was set in December 1999 at
$1.2bn (£750m) by Spain's El Gordo, meaning the Fat One.
But the Spanish lottery is also the world's easiest - it spreads
the prize pool among thousands of winners, with a one in six
chance of winning something.
Poker, a pair of Aces and eights is called the dead man's hand -
so name because this is the hand that Wild Bill Hickok was
holding when shot dead.
Nixon financed his first congressional run with poker winnings
won in the South Pacific during WWII..
is the only game that affords players the opportunity to play
with a mathematical edge over the house.
consumption in Las Vegas is more than 60,000 pounds a day --
higher than the rest of the country combined!
cheats are often referred to by casinos as 'crossroads'
who chase their losses are sometimes referred to as 'steamers' ,
'pigeons; or 'plungers'.
largest slot machine payout is $39,713,982.25 (£25,361,761),
won by a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles after
putting in $100 (£64) in the Megabucks slot machine at the
Excalibur Hotel Casino on March 21, 2003.
76% of men and 68% of women gambled in the Uk over the past
year. 75% of teenagers gamble.
1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las
100,000 people play poker at the Bellagio in Las Vegas each year
became legalized in Las Vegas in 1931- until then a 1910 law had
expressly made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas
City, located a few miles southeast of Las Vegas, is the only
town in Nevada that prohibits gambling.
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of the worlds 'high intensity' electronic gaming machines are
located in Australia.
highest gross gaming revenue generated by the casinos and
entertainment complexes of a city in a year is US$7,673,134,286
(£5,416,584,982) by Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in 2000.
odds of getting an Ace high Royal Flush in a 5 card (no wild)
poker deal is 650,000 to 1.
odds of getting four of a kind in a 5 card (no wild) poker deal
is 4,000 to 1.
odds of winning powerball in:
- the US : 1 in 80,089,128
- Australia : 1 in 54,979,155
odds of winning the British, Canadian, French or Spanish (Pimera)
lotto's are the same : 1 in 13,983,816
odds of winning the Spanish Pimera are 1 in 13,983,816.
adults, on average, spend more money each year on gambling
(losses not turnover) than on sporting activities or cultural
and entertainment activities.
of all Australians gamble at least once per week.