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Dice used in human games of chance go back at least 4,500 years, and probably much farther, into the mists of prehistory. Craps is the most popular dice game in the world today; not just a staple of movie casino montages, but also played everywhere in bars, college dorm rooms, and military bunkhouses and out on the street. [Read more…]
Baccarat may have an elitist image, but there was a big scandal around the game in 1890, involving no less than the future King of England!
Back in the days when people still spoke in full sentences and wore hats in public, baccarat was illegal in England. However, the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) was rather fond of gambling, and baccarat was his favourite card game.
One night, when he was at a party hosted by Sir Arthur Wilson, the guests decided to play baccarat, with the Prince as the banker.
During the evening, one of the noble players, Sir William Gordon-Cumming, was spotted cheating by several of the other guests. Even though Sir William denied the accusation, he signed a document stating that he would never play cards again, in return for the silence of the other guests.
Clearly the guests weren’t as silent as they promised, because the news leaked. When Sir William found himself being shunned from polite society as the gossip spread, he decided to defend his reputation in court.
The defamation trial began in June, 1891, and the Prince was called as a witness. During questioning, it was revealed that the Prince was also playing the illegal game – and hadn’t reported his fellow British Army officer’s illegal conduct, as he was supposed to. The press had an absolute field day, and both Sir William and the Prince were slated in newspapers across the country.
In the end, Sir William lost the trial anyway, was dismissed from the army and retired from society in disgrace. The Prince apparently never played baccarat again.
Now, baccarat has infiltrated pop culture and become an immensely popular online casino game – you can play it here at Vegas Palms Online Casino without worrying about court cases and public ridicule. So, the next time you play, spare a thought for the former Prince of Wales!
Some people like bells and whistles, others prefer a cherry on top… Vegas Palms Online Casino’s new game has a bit of both!
Power Spins – Atomic 8s Video Slot is the latest offering from software giant, Microgaming, and features their typical clear graphics and slick functionality. The classic bells, bars and cherries have been given a modern makeover, with some funky flames to add pizzazz.
But Power Spins – Atomic 8s isn’t just a pretty face. This 5-reel, 9-payline slot covers the basics with the usual Scatters and Wilds, but it also offers a brand new Power Spins feature. It’s played at Max Lines, with an additional bet of triple your original line bet. This may seem steep, but in Power Spins Mode, you activate the Left to Right and the Right to Left payout directions, which means you have a much better chance of getting a winning combination. You can activate this fabulous feature whenever you choose, just by clicking the Power Spins button.
I’ve always believed you have to bet more to win more, but I’ve never had the chance to play a casino game where betting more means more winning opportunities! I am bit of a traditional slots fan too, so I am looking forward to trying this game out when it’s released next month!
Slot machines have always been one of the most popular parts of any casino, and that is a tradition that has transferred over to the online casino world. Today’s games are a lot more advanced than their predecessors, featuring all sorts of animations, bonus games, and a host of other features that take playing the slots to a whole new level.
Depending on where you grew up, you probably have a different name for slots, with folks in Australia referring to them as pokies, whilst in the UK and much of Europe they are referred to as fruit machines or one armed bandits.
The fruit machine reference is easy to understand, given that the original pub slots dispensed fruit flavoured gum as a prize, rather than cash. That is why many of the reels still have fruits as their symbols, as it is a throwback to the origins of the game.
The one armed bandit may not be quite so easy to understand, especially for those who are used to the modern video slots games that they play online. The older machines had a single pull lever on one side of the machine that you had to pull in order to activate the spin. The feeling was that the level looked like a single arm, and the name was born.
If you go to a land based casino today, you will see that the majority of the slot on the casino floor still bear that single arm, but it’s almost always done for aesthetic purposes, as most of them don’t do anything if you try to pull them.
If you are someone who grew up playing one armed bandits, then perhaps the next time you play slots at Vegas Palms you can simply tuck one arm inside your shirt and then hit the buttons one handed; call it an old school homage if you must.