Monday, September 9, 2013

Aces Casino "College of Casino Game Knowledge:" Interesting Historical Backgrounds of Some Of Your Favorite Casino Games! (King Tut Shoots Dice??)


Here at Aces Casino, the company widely recognized as the top orange county casino party company in southern California, we tend to get a lot of inquisitive clients that ask a LOT of GREAT questions concerning the casino party industry in general, and certain casino-based games in particular.  Heck, where do you think we get most of our material for our informatively irreverent Aces Casino Blog(Ed. Note: Can you tell that we love our clients?)

Recently, our Aces Casino team had an event out at the campus of the University of Southern California (U.S.C., for short), where we ran into some very intelligent and VERY inquisitive students from the fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha. Curiosity and intelligence run rampant here as well at the orange county casino night leaders known as Aces Casino, so the inquiries from USC got us thinking -- Maybe it's time to share some information as to just where some of our favorite casino games came to be.  POOF!  Blog article!

So, courtesy of the top orange county casino party company in SoCal, and because last week's "Aces College" post was so well received, we're going back-to-back with our popular "Aces College of Casino Game Knowledge" series with some more amazing, amusing and confusing historical facts about the Aces Casino Entertainment "Big Three" games supplied by our company on a regular basis -- Craps, Roulette and Blackjack!

#1 -- The History Of CRAPS


When we started out on our journey for information about the history of the game of Craps, we discovered that some form of dice throwing has been used for many purposes throughout time. As some ancient culture followed stars and astrology, runes, bones and dice were also used by tribal shamans and fortune tellers to read the future for commoners and leaders.

Overlapping with this mystical use of dice is the gaming history involving chance tosses of dice to win against opponents. Some craps historians date the origins of dice games well into the ancient world, where Koreans, Egyptians and Roman Emperors like Caesar Augustus, Nero and Caligula all purportedly engaged in various dice games, even learning to cheat opponents in the games. The idea of tempting the fates by throwing dice as a chance to win seems to blend these two ideologies of mysticism and gaming into a common experience.

Historical records trace more specific dice games at least as far back as ancient Egypt in 1573 BC. In this era, the game known as Theban dice was one of the earliest games of chance in the world. Archeologists have found one pair of ancient Egyptian dice dating back to this era. Whether this is direct predecessor to modern craps is unknown.

Other craps historians date the game to the days of the Holy Roman Empire. Roman legionary soldiers commonly took pigs’ knuckles, shaved and squared them down into cubes, which they tossed into their upturned shields as dice games, to wager for condemned prisoners’ effects or to pass the time. From this variation of dice tossing, the term “to roll the bones” developed. Since soldier’s pay was poor compensation, a simple game like this was an easy pleasure.

A third potential origin for modern craps comes from an Arabic game, which was popular to play in the Middle Ages. The game was called azzahr, from the Arabic words “al zar” or “azzah,” which simply means “dice.” It is this Arabic origin that weaves together with the history of the long-popular English game, Hazard.  Three different claims to historical Craps fame, but we're siding with the Egyptians, here.  Dice inside Tut's tomb = winner, as far as this orange county casino party company is concerned.


Doesn't look like King Tut to me, but I might be wrong there.


#2 -- The History of ROULETTE


Whoa....Roulette history about its origin cannot be confirmed nor ascertained in any of the recorded data. Most of the people believe that this chance game is based on the games played by the Romans (Ed. Note: Wow, THERE'S a surprise) as an amusement with chariots and spinning wheels that were used to develop game of roulette. Chinese also have the versions regarding the game.  Yeah, I'm guessing they're called "Tough to Beat."

Most of the people claim that the European traders have brought the game from China to Europe. The game was generally to arrange the 37 animal statuettes in the magical square which totals 666. But many claimed the fact that this version did not explain the method to play the game in the roulette history. While you add up the numbers from 1-36 the roulette numbers must come to 666.  (First the Romans, now, the Devil.)

The most current Roulette mechanism was invented by the great mathematician and scientist Blaise Pascal who is father of probability and is noted in the roulette history. This happened while he was working on perpetual motion device. This led to the beginning for the modern roulette games.  Blaise should have told us right up front that this game can't be beaten!  Math whizzes -- They're ALWAYS keeping the secrets of these games a secret.

Roly-poly is described in the roulette history and is precursor of the roulette games of today. Even Odd was considered as the simplest version of the online casino Australia roly-poly game. Modern roulette wheels were available in the casinos of Paris about 50 years later. It generally consisted of colors black and red, even and odd number bets, the numbers from 1-36, 00 and 0. The rules regarding the game are depicted in roulette history and it tells the fact that 0 stands for red and 00 stands for black.  Umm, not HERE, they don't.  I'm guessing VEGAS came up with THAT.  Probably Frank Rosenthal, but don't hold me to that.


Heck, I can't even bet my lucky number, "14," on THIS wheel.  Something's fishy.


#3 -- The History of BLACKJACK


OK, before we print this, it's your job to guess what country is credited with creating this staple of our orange county casino party gaming system.  Go ahead, we'll wait.....

OK, time's up. If you guessed Spain, give yourself one point.


Blackjack's precursor was twenty-one, a game of unknown origin. The first written reference is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel De Cervantes, who is most famous for writing Don Quixote. Cervantes was a gambler, and the main characters of his tale Rinconete y Cortadillo are a couple of cheats working in the city of Seville. They are proficient at cheating at ventiuna (Spanish for twenty-one), and state that the object of the game is to reach 21 points without going over and that the “ace” values 1 or 11. The game is played with a Spanish deck which lacks eights, nines and tens. This short story was written between 1601 and 1602, implying that ventiuna was played in the city of Castilla since the beginning of the 17th Century or earlier. Later references to this game are found in France and Spain.  Great, a bunch of cheaters did the deed on this game.  Figures.
It appears that the origin of CHEATING goes back a long way, also.

Well, that's all from the desk of the Aces Casino Blog.  We'll be back on Thursday with another scintillating effort concerning the top orange county casino night party company in southern California.  Have a good week, and we'll see you then!

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