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The 10 Most Important Gambling Innovations in Modern History

The gambling industry is notorious for being slow to innovate, with blackjack being played much the same way today as it was in the time of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. That being said, when the casino industry does hit upon a great idea, it represents a complete change in the way that casinos operate and games are played. Here is a look at some of the gambling innovations which have changed the gambling industry forever, and shaped the way we think about casinos. #1 Player's Club Cards For much of the 20th century, table games were the...

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Free Play Now Extends to Online Casinos – A History of Free Play

In the high-tech world of 21st century casinos, electronic player's cards have become the standard way to track players in order to reward them for their loyalty. Now, not only are player cards used to track players, but they also comp them by allowing them to redeem free play on slot machines. Nearly every casino these days rewards it players with free play, and it has become so popular that even online casinos have begun to offer it in lieu of cash bonuses. But why has free play become the norm, and whatever happened to the cash that casinos...

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William Hill, Founder Of The William Hill Empire

The question on everyone’s mind is who is William Hill and how did the company William Hill that we know today actually begin? Well it was a long and gradual process, Hills interest in the industry and dedication and commitment began at young age. Let’s take a look back over the years and learn about William Hill history and who he was. Click To View The Timeline Of William's Hill Empire Info-graphic.   It started back in 1903, William Hill was born on July 16th 1903 in Birmingham England to a family of 13 children. He attended Old Know...

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Take a Tour of the World’s Oldest Casinos

The world’s oldest casinos have stood the test of time and continue to welcome gamblers to their historic gaming rooms. From century-year-old casinos in the Black Forest of Germany to outpost gambling houses in the Nevada desert, take a tour through some of the most historic casinos around the world. Explore The World's Oldest Casinos With Our Unique Info-graphic. CASINO DE MONTE CARLO - A PLAYGROUND FOR THE RICH The glamorous Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco triumphs as a symbol of class and sophistication. The casino was built in 1856 and still attracts the world’s rich and famous to...

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Abandoned Casinos: Hidden Treasures of the Gambling World

The empty game rooms of abandoned casinos inspire a sense of wonder and offer an eerie glimpse into gambling history. The high rollers have cashed in all the chips and the sounds of roulette wheels and slot machines have been replaced with silence. Although the glory days of these old casinos have ended, what remains reveal true stories of wealth and luxury from the past. Take a visual tour in time with our Abandoned Casinos Info-graphic. CASINO CONSTANTA IN ROMANIA Alongside the churning waves of the Black Sea, sits the empty skeleton of the Casino Constanta in Romania. The building’s Art...

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You Don’t Know Jack! The Story of Playing Cards

Whether it’s the instant thrill of a winning a hand of Blackjack or the quiet tension of a Poker game, the excitement of cards attracts players for all kinds of reasons. Beginning in the far reaches of the Orient and ending up on the tables of every casino, a simple deck of playing cards has quite a long story. Made In China Tea, paper, fireworks, and noodles all come from China originally, and cards prove no exception. The earliest playing cards originate in China dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) when the Chinese played with card tiles made...

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How The Sandwich Was Invented By A British Gambler and Other Tales

Like most things British, gambling has a long and noble history. Plus horseracing and the dogs (greyhounds) are pretty much national institutions, just look at Ascot and how popular the Racing Post is in the UK.  Nowadays, there is no need to tear yourself away from the telly in order to place your bets as, much like most things in our daily lives, you can now bet online - on whatever tickles your fancy. When it comes to British Gamblers however, we're an odd bunch. The sandwich was even invented whilst a certain Brit was sat gambling at the tables hungry...

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What Happened in Vegas – A Tour of Vegas through the Years

Las Vegas attracts close to 40 million visitors each year who come to see its larger-than-life Casino resorts, world class entertainment, and unique attractions. Looking back, Las Vegas actually started out as a Native American oasis, and became an outpost in the Wild West before it transformed into a glittering gambling getaway. It’s difficult to imagine that this burgeoning metropolis sprung from the sands of the Nevada desert less 200 years ago. The Early Days of Vegas History What’s in a Name?  - Today many refer to Las Vegas as The Entertainment Capital of the World or Sin City....

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