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Taking A Gamble

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           TRIVIA TODAY - Monday, June 23, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Melissa here! It's really nice to be writing for Gophercentral 
again. I always enjoyed working with such a great group of 
editors, and of course, communicating with such a wonderful 
audience! I have to thank the many readers who sent me an 
email to say hello and welcome me aboard. It was nice that
a few of you remembered me from Word a Day and The 
Mouthpiece! Anyway, I won't bore you with a long introduction 
today, but if you have any questions from your new editor, 
please email me at melissa@gophercentral.com. 

However, I will tell you that I went to the casino this past 
weekend for the first time in probably two years. Now I 
remember why it's been so long since I've gone. All I did 
was watch my money disappear from one slot machine to the 
next! Being in the casino got me thinking about my first 
trivia issue, and I decided to do a little research on the 
history of gambling. Here is some of the interesting trivia 
I found...




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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: "The safest way to double your money is to fold it 
over once and put it in your pocket." 

HINT: (1868-1930), American cartoonist, humorist, and 


                        RANDOM TIDBITS 

Coin-operated gaming devices in the late 1800s included 
games with large revolving wheels divided into color 
segments. Players wagered on which color the wheel would 
stop. They're considered the forerunners of modern slot 
machines, even though they didn't have reels. The first 
recognizably modern three-reel slot was the Liberty Bell, 
invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco in 1899. The 
machine was so popular that for many years all slot 
machines were referred to as bell machines.


The bar symbol used on modern slot machines is derived 
from a Bell Fruit Gum logo. The gum was dispensed in slots 
designed by Herbert Mills in Chicago in 1910, and other 
fruit symbols on slots were derived from the gum flavors.


Among the most popular early slots were poker games, 
although the machines did not usually pay out coins. 
Payoffs had to come from the operator. After the intro-
duction of the Liberty Bell, poker-based slots waned in 
popularity, until the invention of video poker in the 1970s.


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The game of 21 got its common nickname, blackjack, from a 
practice in illegal casinos in the early 1900s. Some 
casinos paid a bonus if a two-card 21 was made up of an 
ace and jack of spades. Others paid bonuses if an ace of 
spades was accompanied by a jack of either clubs or spades. 
The black jack was the key to the bonus, and became the 
name of the game.


Horizontal gaming wheels, such as those used in roulette, 
were invented in England in 1720 for a game called roly-
poly. Roly-poly was similar to roulette, except there were 
no numbers on the wheel. There were alternating white 
spaces and black spaces, along with a "bar black" space 
and a "bar white" space. The "bar" spaces were the 
equivalents of zero and double-zero -- if the ball landed 
in either space, bets on black or white lost. Roly-poly 
was banned in England in 1745, but the horizontal wheel 
traveled well. By 1796, modern roulette was being played 
in France.


The kings in decks of playing cards represent real leaders 
and conquerors from history, although not all had the title 
of king. The deck we use today is based on cards designed 
in 15th-century France. The king of spades represents the 
Biblical King David, the king of clubs represents Alexander 
the Great, the king of hearts represents Charlemagne and 
the king of diamonds represents Julius Caesar.


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QUOTE: "The safest way to double your money is to fold it 
over once and put it in your pocket." 

ANSWER: Frank McKinney Hubbard, better known by his pen 
name, "Kin" Hubbard

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