“Crazy casino moments in history – you will not believe some of them!”
Monte Carlo Fallacy
Now, we want to kick off with this one story as it is truly incredible. So incredible, in fact, that it has become a psychological term in regards to gambling. You may have heard about “Gamblers Fallacy”, but the Monte Carlo Fallacy is a more widely known name. The concept is that you should never consider what happened in the previous rounds when it comes to a game of chance such as craps or roulette. Back in the 19thcentury, the craziest thing happened in Monte Carlo Casino. The roulette wheel stopped at “Black” an unbelievable 26 times in a row. Yes, 26! Now, since most players thought that “since it landed on black so and so many times already, it should land on red next,” millions were lost in a very short time. Most of the players went broke and went home outraged, thinking that the roulette wheel was biased or broken, but facts are facts. The previous outcome has nothing to do with the current game. Remember that, fellow gambler!
Grandma wins big
Another situation similar to the one above, but involving an incredible show of luck, happened at a Craps table in Atlantic City. There, an old lady called Patricia walked over to the Craps table after getting tired of playing her favourite slot machines. She barely knew what Craps was all about, but managed to guess the outcome of her roll an incredible 154 times in a row! Do you want to calculate the chances of that? They are astronomical. One in more than a trillion, in fact! The winning streak lasted for more than four hours, and even though nobody knows exactly how much she won, it was probably more than several million dollars. Now that´s what we call a lucky grandma!
FedEx exists due to gambling
Everyone knows about FedEx, the global courier delivery company. They have more than three hundred thousand employees nowadays, but it was a Blackjack table that is to “blame” for their success. See, at the early stages of their history, the CEO Fred Smith got stuck. The company had about five thousand bucks in the bank while at the same time their bills were mounting up. Smith was just about to declare the company bankrupt when he decided to give lady luck a go. He went to Las Vegas and gambled the five thousand at a Blackjack table. Amazingly, he won almost thirty thousand – and the rest is history!
Deporting the winner
This is probably the funniest story we have ever heard. And, according to rumours, it is not the only instance. The plot is simple. Some woman managed to win about a thousand dollars in a casino, but when she went to collect her winnings and was asked to show an ID, she failed to do so. After some questioning by local authorities, she confessed to being in the country illegally. So without further ado, she was deported to Mexico. And no, she did not get the thousand bucks.