Thursday, December 19, 2013

Casino Card Games and the Fun Facts Players May Not Know About Them

Regular land-based and online casino players probably know the rules and the tricks of their favorite card games by heart, but there are a few things they definitely do not know about. The satisfaction that players get from playing casino games is not limited to gambling activities.

Here are interesting facts about some of the most common card games that could fascinate even those who do not play them:


a.    It is believed that baccarat was based on an old Etruscan ritual of the nine gods who prayed to a blonde virgin on their tiptoes waiting for her to throw a nine-sided die. The result of the die decides her fate. An eight or a nine means she would become the priestess; a six or seven means she would be banned from any religious activities; and any number less than six means she needs to walk into the sea.
b.    The famous casino card game was first invented by an Italian gambler named Felix Falguierein some time in 1400s using Tarot cards.
c.    The word “baccarat” means “zero” both in Italian and in French, which is the worst hand for this game.
d.    The main plot of the James Bond movie Casino Royale is centered upon the baccarat table.
e.    Baccarat is one of the most played online casino games at 12BET, one of the world’s leading online casinos.


a.    The popular casino card game was originally called vingt-et-un which means 21 in French.
b.    Although most people believe that blackjack originated from France, its ancient roots are unknown.
c.    There is a “Blackjack Hall of Fame” that honors blackjack experts, authors, and professional players who have made significant contributions to the game. This hall can be found in Barona Casino in San Diego, California.
d.    There are two terms in this game that are borrowed from baseball. The position to the left of the dealer is “first base” and the position to the right is “third base”. There is no “second base.”


a.    In 1930s, eagle as a fifth suit was added to the standard deck by card companies for five-suit poker. It did not last since not enough people were willing to buy whole new decks.
b.    It is believed that poker was invented by sailors from New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1820s.
c.     There are people who make a living from playing poker; they are called “rounders.”
d.    There are at least 19 U.S. presidents who play or played poker regularly. Nixon, who won $6,000 during his first two months in the Navy, used the money to finance his 1946 campaign, which he won as well.
e.    Some poker superstitions exist. There is a belief that playing poker in dirty clothes will guarantee the punters’ win. Another account says that if there is a dog in the room, players will lose everything.

There are hundreds more of quirky facts about these casino card games, but it will take an entire book to list them all. Making these conventional card games accessible anywhere by online casinos like 12BET will surely develop more fascinating stories.

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