The Origin of Sports Betting

In ancient Greece, there was a bet on athletics, a sport that started the trend. The Romans continued the tradition of sports betting, although their favourite sport was much more macabre: gladiator duels. Both ancient civilizations had fun betting on horse races, mainly chariot races.

Therefore, it is appropriate to say that horse racing became something of a figurehead when sports betting once again gained prominence in society. Thoroughbred horse racing became very popular with the upper class of British society, particularly royalty and the aristocracy. The sport became so popular, with so much money to bet on, that it has become ingrained in British culture. To this day, the British gambling public floods the horse racing markets looking to win a few bucks.

Starting with the horse racing and betting of the British, it seems that sports bets began to be placed on many other popular sports, such as American football, cricket and rugby, mainly about the winners of each game, just like it happened when betting on horse races.

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Information About The First Slot Machines

Gambling has been with man since the beginning of history, but unlike current features, a dealer or administrator was previously required to participate in any style. The invention of autonomous machines (first mechanical and then electrical), facilitated the spread of games and their use. Let us see in detail the evolution of this invention.

In the Old West, since the mid-1800s, different mechanical machines offered to bet on the appearance of the colours red or black in the spins of a disk-shaped roulette wheel. Entrepreneurs Sittman and Pitt took the idea and modified it, replacing the coloured plate with five rollers with images based on the deck of poker. Winnings were calculated depending on the value of the combination of cards, in the same order as in a hand of poker type “Texas Holdem” presents. The 10 of spades and the jack of hearts were excluded, which cut the chance of hitting a royal flush – and thus the jackpot – by half. The prizes consisted of drinks, cigarettes and other products that the bars provided to the players.

Although Sittman and Pitt’s self-contained machine was created in 1891, the innovation made by Charles Frey in 1897 is seen as the birth of “modern” slots. Frey reduced the number of reels from 5 to 3 and replaced the poker deck with the horseshoe, spades, heart, diamond and bell symbols. The prizes corresponded thanks to this change, they were based on the correct alignment of the reels, with a smaller advantage for the players, but with the possibility of obtaining money in return, even with the option of releasing the jackpot, by obtaining three bells in line. The machine quickly became popular and soon the nickname “one-armed bandits” was known throughout the American nation. Unfortunately, Frey did not patent his invention and it was used by different manufacturers throughout the country.…

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Myths About Casinos and Slot Machines

Slot machines (or slots) are a very fun type of game that we can find in any casino and the occasional bar. If we are lucky, a coin can turn into very interesting profits.

The Temperature Of The Machine Does Not Matter

This comes from the fact that any machine, subjected to extreme conditions of cold or heat, has a certain deterioration.

But there is no evidence linking an extreme change in temperature to a slot machine giving more prizes.

Some individuals think that the machine gets hotter at the time it is ready to give prizes (they even touch them to control this heat).

Oxygen Pumping In Casinos

Another of the stupid beliefs that circulate, is about stories that are told about a system capable of pumping extra oxygen in these establishments.

Stories claim that this pumping would allow players to stay sharper for longer and that this would make them keep playing and spend more money. Fake too.

Remote Control Machines

Another myth that circulates claims that casinos have remote control of slot machines and that there is someone who decides when an individual will receive the prize and when not. I would be obliged to give it from time to time so that they would not suspect that the game is rigged.

Although it may seem logical to us, the truth is that this is impossible taking into account the mechanism on which the machines are based.…

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