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Summary:
The Great British Pub Quiz and the American show Jeopardy have a lot to
answer for - they are both responsible for the retaining of highly
useless yet highly interesting bits of trivia; information that you would
never need in normal life.


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roulette, roulette wheel, american roulette, monte carlo, casino


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The Great British Pub Quiz and the American show Jeopardy have a lot to
answer for - they are both responsible for the retaining of highly
useless yet highly interesting bits of trivia; information that you would
never need in normal life. However, which of us haven't at some point
uttered the words, “well, it'll come in useful for a pub quiz”, or
something akin to that. It is for this reason solely that I have chosen
to pick a few of my favorite pieces or roulette trivia to share with you
- use them wisely.

Did you know that the roulette wheel was invented by the French inventor
Blaise Pascal. Pascal was actually trying to create a perpetual movement
machine, but ended up with the roulette wheel - not a bad rap.

The double 00 position found on American Roulette Wheels were added only
when roulette found its way to the United States of America. Previous to
this the wheel only had the single 0 position, but the American casino
owners didn't feel that the house had enough of an edge with this and so
added the extra position.

The chap that added the original one 0 position was named Francois Blanc;
he was also responsible for setting up the first casino in Monte Carlo.
It was rumored that in order to learn the secrets of roulette Mr. Blanc
actually made a pact with the devil. The evidence lies in the wheel
itself: If you add all the numbers of the board together you come to the
sum of the devil, 666.

Row 5 is the worst row to bet on; statistically speaking row 5 is the
least likely row to win.

One of the most impressive recent wins was by an English man called
Ashley Revel who sold everything he owned in 2004 and went to a Las Vegas
Casino. He put down the sum of all of his possessions, $135, 300, on a
double or nothing bet. He bet on red, and red came in - he left with
double his money!
Also in 2004, a group of 3 were accused of winning over 1,000,000 GBP by
illegal measures in a London casino. The casino charged the group with
using mobile phone and laser technology in order to predict the falling
of the ball. The case was taken to court and the casino lost - the group
kept all of their winnings.

Einstein apparently commented that “you can't beat a roulette table
unless you steal from it”.

Roulette has played a part in many a flick, the most famous of which
being James Bond's 'Diamonds are Forever', and of course Casablanca where
we found our hero, Rick, fixing the wheel for a destitute client to win
big and be able to escape to America.

Hope this comes in handy!

				
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