Pokies and Slots are nothing new, and it seems that we’ve become so accustomed to them that for those of us in the 90% bracket who do not have a gambling problem or an addiction to pokies and slots, they are just another thing that makes unnecessary noise and always seems to smell of smoke and stale beer…. add that to the list alongside that bloke who lives down the street and your best mate’s Pop and let’s move on shall we 😉

Now in the spirit of making things more interesting, and because I love arming you with ‘Pub Ammo’ I thought we’d take a look at some of the more interesting facts and stories associated with pokies, slots, casinos, and gambling in general…

5 Interesting Facts about Slots and Casinos

Fun Slots Fact #1

Around the world, people associate Nevada and Las Vegas with gambling. Surprisingly, though, it’s Japan rather than the United States which has more slot machines than anywhere else on the planet. There are close to 4.6 million slots in Japan, which is the equivalent of one machine for every 27 people in the country. The US is, however, the global slot runner-up, though a long way behind Japan, with around 752,000 one-armed bandits. More than a quarter of the American total, or 197,140 slot machines, are found in the greater Las Vegas area.

Fun Slots Fact #2

The world’s biggest slot was the Super Big Bertha, a machine with a width of two meters and a height of 2.5 meters. Manufactured in the 1950s, this one-armed bandit on steroids cost $150,000 to make (equivalent of more than $1.2 million dollars now) and featured eight reels with 20 symbols on each one. This made the chances of winning the jackpot as low as one in 25.6 billion. As Super Big Bertha now only exists as part of slots history, the biggest one-armed bandit still being arm-wrestled is the Queen’s Machine, the monumental centerpiece of the Four Queens Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

Fun Slots Fact #3

Few people associate slot machines with winning an instant fortune. While your chances of pocketing more than $39.7 million dollars from a slot are incredibly slim – they can happen. On March 21, 2003, this was the amount won by a 25-year-old software engineer from LA when he put just $100 dollars into the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur Hotel on the Vegas Strip. More than a decade has passed since that win but it remains the biggest slot machine payout in the history of one-armed bandits.

Fun Slots Fact #4

Given the million-dollar payouts you can win on slot machines in the 21st century, it’s sobering to look back at the jackpot of the world’s first one-armed bandit. The Liberty Bell, designed and built by San Francisco car mechanic Charles Fey in 1895, would only pay out a maximum of 50 cents when punters managed to line up three Liberty Bells. Even when adjusted for inflation, that ‘jackpot’ only amounts to around $13.58. Thankfully The Liberty Bell’s been replaced by more generous machines. Connoisseurs of slot history were able to see the original at the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant in Reno, Nevada, until it closed down in 2006. Since then, the world’s first slot hasn’t been available for public viewing. Hopefully, they’ll soon exhibit The Liberty Bell again!

Fun Slots Fact #5

So you’re in a Vegas casino on the Strip and the player next to you cries out with joy – they’ve just won big! The player leaves the slot free for the next punter. What do you do? Avoid the machine because the slot is now less likely to pay out? It’s a common myth to think that machines are programmed to follow a cycle of jackpots. In fact, each spin is entirely random and independent of the one before. You have as much chance winning immediately after someone wins the jackpot as you do waiting a month to try the same machine.

The 10 Biggest Progressive Slots Jackpots Ever Won 

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  1. 26 year old Marine wins $2.9 million

    Feb. 19, 2012: Alexander Degenhardt, a 26-year-old U.S. Marine, won nearly $2.9 million on the Money Vault Millionaires Seven slot at the Bellagio. Degnhardt had been in training at Nellis Air Force base and went to the casino with some buddies on their last night in the city. He slipped in $100 and said he’d never won more than $200 before hitting the biggest Las Vegas jackpot from a Bally Technologies game in recent memory. Total: $2,882,808.32.

  2. Megabucks at the Aria

    April 22, 2011: One lucky gambler took home $10.6 million from a Megabucks machine, a product launched by International Game Technology (IGT) in 1986. It took more than eight years and 38 jackpots to hit $10 million for the first time in 1995 at the Gold Coast in Australia

  3. Megabucks on a Mega Roll

    Jan. 21, 2011: A woman on her way to her room at the Aria, decided to plunk $6 into a Megabucks machine and hit a $12.7 million jackpot. She thought the machine had malfunctioned until her niece pointed out that, no, it was really a winner. Only a few months later Megabucks would pay out $10.6million

  4. Do-Gooder Hits Pay Dirt

    Nov. 30, 2014: Late last year a Las Vegas man put $20 in a Megabucks slot machine at the Summerlin-area Rampart Casino. Within five minutes he’d hit a jackpot worth $14.2 million. The man, dubbed the “Rampart Lucky Local,” said he would make a donation to his church. The church, which had been holding services in a high school gym, can now have its own location built.

  5. One Player, Two Mega Jackpots

    Sept 15, 2005: In an improbable display of beating the odds, Elmer Sherwin, 92, of Las Vegas won his second Megabucks jackpot by hitting $21.1 million at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas. Sherwin had previously won a $4.6 million in 1989 at the Mirage. He said it had been his “lifelong dream” to win it twice. Total: $21,147,947

  6. He Came, He Saw, He Won Big

    June 1, 1999: An Illinois man won more than $21.3 million on a Megabucks machine at Caesars Palace. The 49-year-old business consultant deposited $10 and won on the first spin. Total: $21,346,952.22.

  7. A Quick Play Before Brekkie

    March 27, 2002: Johanna Huendl, 74, of Covina, Calif., was on her way to breakfast at Bally’s Casino when she decided to play the Megabucks machine. She put in about $170 and won $22.6 million. She said she had initially misread the meter and thought she’d won $2 million. She would have been happy with that. Total: $22,618,156.67

  8. $300 in, $27.5 million out

    Nov. 15, 1998: A 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Las Vegas had only intended to put $100 at the slot machine in Palace Station. She ended up putting in $300, but the Megabucks machine rewarded her with $27.5 million. She’d won big money before: hitting a $680,000 jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine, also at the Palace Station. It marked the first time Megabucks had surpassed $20 million. Total: $27,580,879.60

  9. A Record and an Urban Legend is Born

    Jan. 26, 2000: Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan, 37, won $34.9 million on a Megabucks machine at the Desert Inn. Six weeks later, a habitually drunk driver rear-ended her car, killing her sister and leaving her paralyzed. Her tragedy fueled a myth that bad things happen to those who win the big jackpots, becoming one of Las Vegas’ most notorious urban legends. Total: $34,955,489.56

  10. The Biggest Jackpot Ever Won (so far)

    March 21, 2003: A 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles won $39.7 million after putting in $100 in the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur to win the largest jackpot in Las Vegas history. He beat odds at the time of one in 16.7 million. Total: $39,710,826.36

The Biggest Progressive Slots Jackpots Ever Won Online 

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The largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game is €17,879,645 EUROS ($20,062,600USD, £13,209,300 Sterling), won by Jon Heywood, a British citizen, playing Microgaming’s Mega Moolah on Betway’s website, on 6 October 2015.

26 years old corporal Jon Heywood from Cheshire become an instant multimillionaire playing in Betway’s Online casino late evening on October 6th, 2015.  The young veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan said that he deposited £30 into his account and proceeded to begin a game of Mega Moolah. Betting a total of 25p per spin brought him £13,213,838.68 win in just 7 minutes (more than €17 million).–> Official Guiness World Record Entry 

The Largest Jackpot Payout in an Online MOBILE CASINO was won on 9th April 2015 by Royal Vegas player, Mark A, spinning on his mobile phone. The player will take home a total of €5,375,695.08, receiving a single cash payout in full rather than an annuity, so Mark A has become an instant millionaire. –> Microgaming confirms its Mega Moolah progressive slot has been hit at a mountainous €5,375,695.08!

Once again it is Mega Moolah – the worlds most popular and (clearly) highest paying progressive online slots game that has created the record! – I don’t know about you but I think I might just go and throw a cheeky 50 through Mega Moolah – you know, just in case 😉 Want to Join Me?

The Highest Paying Casino Slots Game in History

Mega Moolah Mega Moolah is the best online progressive slots game– which can claim ownership of the three biggest wins in online gaming history is without doubt the most popular and highest paying online slots game ever to grace the internet.

One lucky punter from (playing at) Spin Palace Casino can add their name to the list of ‘Instant Millionaires’  after landing the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prize and taking home a cool 6,905,670.81€.  – That’s just shy of $7.9million USD for the record or $10.4million AUD- and adds even more millions to the total paid out by this incredibly fun, interactive, and popular game.

Ever since the Mega Moolah first paid out its initial jackpot winner back in 2008, Microgaming has continued to pay out wins at a regular rate, with total payouts now of over 505€ million or more than $577,000,000USD

The largest of those payouts came back in October 2015, and was won by Jon Heywood above but that won’t be of any concern to the latest winner – who won the jackpot on Friday 8thApril 2016 playing at the popular Spin Palace Casino, one of the casino’s part of the extensive Microgaming Network which hosts the “Millionaire Maker” slot.

Learn more about what makes Mega Moolah such an exciting and popular game by reading our indepth review of the game and the company behind it, here –> Mega Moolah and Microgaming – Making Millionaires Monthly

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The Biggest Casino Heists in History

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Move over Daniel Ocean because today we’re going to take a look at 7 of the most daring (and more often than not stupid) attempts at robbing casinos and ripping off gambling establishments around the world – with the majority being focused on Las Vegas.

7. The Ultimate Severance Package

The Stardust casino isn’t around any more (imploded and razed in 2007) but the famous story of a sportsbook cashier who got a little greedy is still talked about today. Bill Brennan, who worked as a sportsbook cashier decided he didn’t like the work anymore and promptly walked out of the casino after his shift with a bag containing over $500,000 in chips and cash. Brennan was never seen or heard from again and while he’s still on the FBI’s most wanted list, he’s slipped off the radar completely. Some say he had an accomplice who killed him for the goods. The truth, we’ll never know.

6. A Waitress, a Casino Boss and a Gambler Walk Into a Bar…

The state alleges that between May 2014 and April 2015, Robert Pellegrini, a former Casino Vice President at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, employee and cocktail waitress Rochelle Poszeluznyj and regular patron and gambler Mark Heltzel worked together in a slot machine scheme that netted them each a share of $418,793. According to theAssociated Press, they each face more than 170 counts including theft, identity theft and criminal conspiracy.

Pellegrini, 50, is accused of using card numbers handed off to him by Poszeluznyj, who had obtained them when customers paid for drinks. Pellegrini allegedly made duplicate casino player cards, which were then given to Heltzel for slot machine play.

According to the state police Bureau of Gaming, they were able to use $478,100 in free slot play to generate $418,793 in ill-gotten winnings.

5. ‘Biker Bandit’ Bellagio Robbery in 2010

The world came to know him as the “biker bandit,” the man who stole $1.5 million worth of casino chips from the Bellagio during a brazen heist Dec. 14, 2010. Seemingly ripped from the pages of a Hollywood script, then 29-year-old Anthony Carleo rode up to the casino entrance on a motorcycle, walked to a craps table, pulled a gun and demanded chips.

His downfall? He stole a wide range of chip denominations, including ones worth $25,000. He tried flogging them online, using the email address cranberrykid25@yahoo.com (a reference to the color of the $25,000 chips) and signing the emails, “biker bandit.” Metro Police caught up with him seven weeks after the robbery at the Bellagio, where he was gambling and attempting to sell chips to undercover officers.

Carleo, the son of a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge, confessed to the crime. In August 2011, a Clark County judge sentenced Carleo to serve from nine to 27 years in prison for the Bellagio robbery and an earlier heist he committed at the Suncoast Casino on Dec. 9, 2010.

4. Circus Circus Theft in 1993

A 1993 ‘Circus Circus’ Casino heist ended with a bizarre twist: One of the alleged thieves turned herself in 12 years after vanishing with nearly $2.95 million in an armoured truck.

Heather Tallchief, a former Loomis Armor Inc. driver, confessed to her involvement in the October 1993 theft, in which she drove away from the casino in an armored truck containing the millions.

After more than a decade on the run, Tallchief surrendered to Las Vegas authorities in September 2005. She accepted full responsibility for her role, citing mounting guilt as her reason for coming clean. Her former boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Roberto Solis, remains at large.
Tallchief fled to the Netherlands after the heist. She said Solis has the money, which has never been found.

A federal judge in March 2006 gave Tallchief the maximum sentence: five years and three months.

3. Bellagio Cashier Cage Robbery in 2000

In the early 2000s, a string of casino robberies plagued the Strip, including a brazen robbery at the Bellagio’s cashier cage.

Two men wearing body armor allegedly jumped over the cashier cage counter and stole about $160,000 in cash and casino chips. Meanwhile, a third accomplice stood as lookout. As they fled, the suspects allegedly fired one shot at casino security guards who were chasing them. No one was injured.

Authorities arrested Oscar Sanchez Cisneros, then 23; Jose Manuel Vigoa, then 40; and Luis Suarez, then 35, in connection with the robbery.Four months after the robbery, Cisneros committed suicide in his Clark County Detention Center cell by hanging himself with a bed sheet.

Vigoa, responsible for multiple casino robberies and the killings of two armored truck drivers in Henderson, pleaded guilty to the charges. Before the plea agreement, Vigoa allegedly staged a jail escape attempt. In August 2002, he was sentenced to four no-parole life sentences and an additional 306 to 760 years in prison for the crimes. A year later, in October 2003, Suarez was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $150,000 in restitution.

The robbery prompted MGM Resorts to install bars around each of its Strip cashier cages.

2. Treasure Island Robberies in 2000

A botched robbery at Treasure Island in December 2000 left one security guard wounded and led to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with two previous robberies at the casino the same year.

During the December attempt, Reginald Johnson, then 27, entered Treasure Island, approached the security guard and fired one shot at him while he walked toward the casino cashier, where he fired another shot before leaving empty-handed. The security guard suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Police caught Johnson walking on Lake Mead Boulevard hours after the robbery attempt. Authorities already had been looking for Johnson and his brother, Donnell Johnson, who were considered suspects in a July 2000 robbery at Treasure Island.

In October 2000, a robber struck Treasure Island again, firing two shots and stealing about $30,000.

Reginald Johnson pleaded guilty in January 2001 to all three Treasure Island robberies. In March 2011, a judge sentenced him to 130 years in prison for the robberies during a colorful sentencing hearing, where Johnson made several outbursts and laughed while watching surveillance video of him shooting the security guard.

1. Take the 2 Million or Ritz it all?

In the movies at least, most casino heists end with the criminals going down guns-a-blazing or being busted in a hotel room with mountains of cash on the bed. Rarely (if ever) in the movies do we see the caught criminals being let off scot-free and allowed to keep their takings. However, that’s exactly what happened for a trio of Eastern Europeans that took London’s famed Ritz Casino for $1.9 million.

The trio utilized lasers on their cell phones at the casino’s roulette tables to determine the speed of the ball, wheel, and the numbers most likely to come up next. The information was relayed back to a computer which allowed the group to analyze the best possible bets given those metrics. While they were initially arrested and their accounts frozen, a judge later ruled that they had done nothing illegal and were able to keep their winnings.

You Thinking what I’m thinking? ….. I hear there’s a special on lasers over at eBay at the moment 😉

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May 2012 and THE BIGGEST CASINO SCAM IN US HISTORY just Got Uncovered.

A network of thieves stole more than $7 million from casinos across the United States using high-tech techniques and inside help, the FBI has revealed.

In what was the biggest casino heist in U.S. history the group, known as the Tran Organisation, developed a near fool-proof scam that saw them walk away with up to $900,000 per hit.

Their crimes began in 2002 when a dealer at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino was caught performing a trick known as a false shuffle,pretending to shuffle a deck of cards while actually keeping them in the order in which they were dealt. Clued-up players at the table could track the order and know exactly how to bet.

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Complex scam: The group used a trick known as a ‘false shuffle’, meaning that the dealer was in on it too

The dealer was fired but it didn’t stop there, ABC reported.The FBI later discovered that the woman had in fact been gathering intelligence for former casino employee and avid gambler Phuong ‘Pai Gow John’ Truong, the criminal mastermind behind the gang.

Truong began recruiting dealers from various casinos who were willing to cash in on his plan by learning and performing false shuffles during games. He moved to Sacramento, California with his wife, Van Tran and about 15 family members, checking in to the Cache Creek Casino. There he organised a rotation of teams on mini-baccarat tables – the ideal game for their method because players are allowed to write down what cards have been dealt. In March 2003 the crew stole $158,000, through shift after shift of undetectable cheating.

Off the back of their success the Tran Organisation spread out, sending teams to recruit more dealers and set up in virtually every casino in the West Coast, into Canada and the Midwest. Typically the casinos didn’t realise they had been hit until two or three weeks after the teams had moved on to another venue, making it all the more easy for them to get away with their crimes.

By 2005, when the crew moved into Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, it had more than 40 people on board and was pulling an average of$50,000 every 10 minutes at the table.

Wanting more they moved on to blackjack where winnings are generally higher, but players are not allowed to write down the cards so the Trans had to change tactics. They used hidden microphones with a tracker watching the order the cards were being dealt and reading them into the device while pretending to smoke a cigarette. Outside the casino a second person would use a specially designed computer programme to talk to the tracker via an ear piece, reading out when and in what order the cards would come back out after the false shuffle.

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Using hand signals the tracker would re-lay the information to others around the table.

‘Take a puff with one finger on, it says to make a bet. Take a puff with two fingers on the cigarette, that means to double down,’ Pete Casey, special agent for the FBI in San Diego, told ABC. ‘They started pulling a lot more money off the tables in a shorter amount of time.’

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On blackjack tables they used a tracker who would read out the order of the cards into a microphone while pretending to smoke a cigarette

At their peak the Organisation pulled an enormous $868,000 at Resorts East in Chicago in October 2005 but greed took over and their carefully maintained scam began to fall apart. Truong started short-changing his dealers who, in their bitterness, agreed to become informants for the FBI. Armed with travel records, playing habits and currency transaction reports, agents for the Mississippi Gaming Commission went undercover to meet with Truong on June 8 2006. They posed as dealers wanting in on the scam and Truong walked right into their trap. A recording of the meeting, described by Casey as ‘one of the best undercover videos I’ve ever seen’ provided the final bit of evidence.

The game was up and by 2007 Truong, along with 46 co-conspirators were arrested for racketeering, theft and money laundering. Pleading guilty, Truong was sentenced to 70 months in prison and ordered to pay back millions to casinos and the government.

Original Source and Further Reading: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150314/Revealed-How-police-foiled-real-life-Oceans-11-robbed-7-MILLION-biggest-casino-scam-US-history.html#ixzz48OeTqaPy