When you're a member of the Aces Casino Entertainment team, A.K.A. the top Orange County casino party company in Southern California, you find that you're never at a loss when it comes to mindless trivia. I think that's why this Aces Casino Blog was created in the first place; it was management's way of channeling the world's largest supplier of goofy Las Vegas history and casino gaming information. Trust me when I say that there's goofy trivia hiding in every nook and cranny of these offices.
You have to be careful around here when you go around asking the Aces team about some of their favorite Las Vegas trivia. I think we started this quest some 11 months ago, and the submissions for this edition of the Aces Casino Blog are STILL coming in. We probably should change the company motto from "Top Orange County casino night party company in SoCal" to "This Beats Working." (Ed. Note: Actually, that IS the company motto. It was a slogan given to us during an event in Anaheim by one of our long-time clients, who told us that "It's never working if you're doing what you love, and are good at doing it." So true.)
Anyway, you want to talk about a tough job -- We had to pare the list of about 56 suggestions from our team down to five. So, without further adieu (Now, I KNOW that's not a word), here are the top 5 pieces of useless yet interesting pieces of Las Vegas trivia, brought to you by Aces Casino, southern California's top orange county casino night party company....
#5 -- In 18th-Century British gaming parlors that featured an earlier version of the game of Craps, there was always one employee hired to do just one specific job -- If the gaming establishment was raided, his job was to swallow the dice, therefore hiding the evidence. Now I know why the game's called 'Craps.' I've been in games where it seemed that I had been waiting for a 'hard eight' for a long time, but that's ridiculous.
#4 -- You know about those lights on the top of those old slot machine that signal when a player needs to call an attendant? That light on top is called a "candle," and that's not it's only function. It also alerts players as to how much the minimum bet is at that particular machine. The color 'red' means 5-cent minimums, 'yellow' signifies quarters, and 'blue' signifies a dollar minimum coin slot. (Ed. Note: What signifies a $100 play? Forget it, I don't need to know.)
#3 -- (My Favorite) -- The U. S. Postal Service decided, in a moment of patriotism, that a Statue Of Liberty "forever" stamp should be commissioned. The USPS asked for photo submissions to decide which image would be used for the special stamp, and the winning entry, submitted by a man named Raimund Linke, was declared the winner. The stamp went to press to be printed and circulated in late 2010, to the tune of about 3 billion units. His submission appears below...
Sounds good to us.
That's all for the Parakeet Paper this week... We'll be back on Monday with another scintillating discussion from the scholars of the Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge." Keep those cards and letters coming, and we'll see you next week!