Persistent casino myths

Rumors and legends die hard. We no longer count the number of myths that persist about the casino. It seems interesting to us to try to identify for you, those which are the most frequent, still nowadays, and to make the share of things to know if we can consider them as hoaxes…or not…On the way for a small journey to the heart of urban legends about casinos!

Are the biggest casinos really in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas remains in everyone’s imagination a kind of “City of Sin”. But if this place of excess and the largest buildings makes many minds fantasize, we have been able to discover that the “Mecca of gambling” has not really been in Nevada for a few years, but rather in China, in Macao. It is indeed there that you will be able to find the largest gaming establishments in terms of size, such as the Venetian Macao, considered to be the largest casino in the world with its 3000 slot machines, its 870 gaming tables, its 3000 hotel rooms and finally its 24 restaurants. But Macao also offers 4 other casinos among the 10 largest on the planet. We therefore find the Sands Macao, the Casino Ponte 16, the City of Dreams Macao and the MGM Grand Macao, a branch of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A chance in 2 of winning at roulette?

A classic myth that encourages players to still imagine that you win every time at roulette, by playing a series of simple moves on red or black and doubling your bet. We imagine that as long as we lose, we necessarily end up being at least reimbursed since we have a 1 in 2 chance of winning, but it is indisputable to say that this method is downright illusory, for several reasons.

Applying this theory presupposes above all having a very large starting capital, which in the end will absolutely not be amortized following too low gains. We see here that this process allows rather to be reimbursed every time, than to really win given the sums involved. Especially since this strategy can completely fall into the water at the first period of bad luck, because the casinos cleverly limit the amounts of the bets. Then, you should know that this basic reasoning which is to believe that the chances of hitting red or black are 50/50 is wrong, because it would be to forget the zero square, or even sometimes double zero in American roulette. …

With regard to roulette, we also have a very tenacious idea which suggests that mathematics would be the key to thwarting the mechanics of the game and casinos. We use our imagination to sometimes believe that a very good mathematician could fleece any establishment with the help of learned calculations; although it’s obviously not that simple in practice, because the odds of winning are almost always in favor of the house and it’s proven impossible for anyone to play on that and reverse it, at the exception perhaps of card counting in blackjack on which we will quickly return a little below. On the other hand, we can certainly say that poker, where the best players know how to calculate their expected winnings, is the only other game where mathematics will be useful.

Is blackjack card counting really illegal?

Many movies have played and continue to play on this misconception that it is strictly forbidden and immoral to count cards when playing blackjack in a casino. This sometimes brings a scene of suspense in a cinematographic work, but remains on the other hand absolutely not prohibited. No law prohibits it, but be careful, because on the other hand, it is really illegal to use an electronic device such as a computer or a smartphone to count cards.

But if justice does not therefore condemn these practices, the casino halls however see this process with a very bad eye. They therefore prohibit most of them, by means of explicit articles in their internal regulations, from carrying out this kind of manipulation. But it should be noted that you do not necessarily need to be a genius to be good at blackjack. You just need to master basic mathematics such as addition, subtraction, even a dose of division according to the techniques and to have the patience to wait for the right moment when luck will combine a little with calculation. But don’t kid yourself too much, because the card counters don’t get full with aces, even if they win more money than they lose.

Do casinos use oxygen to dope you?

Another tough urban legend. It is rumored that casinos, ready to do anything to encourage players to spend, would use a release of a high level of oxygen in its rooms in order to keep a person alert. Knowing that a lack of oxygen can actually weaken it, the establishments would use this trick to diffuse it in the rooms in order to see the customers play until the end of the night. It is a theory that can be defended, but which is absolutely unfounded since a firefighter would point out to you, for example, that this would dangerously increase the flammability of the place and that this would require diffusers of a size far too large to stay discreet.

On the other hand, certain practices relating to more or less the same spirit, based on the influence of odors on the behavior of players, have on the other hand proven to be exact. This is a kind of olfactory marketing, somewhat in line with the willingness of establishments to highlight the alcoholic drinks frequently offered by staff, the main objective of which will be to disinhibit customers. To finish with the methods used to encourage you to stay, it is also strategic for a casino to offer an establishment without windows and clocks in the rooms, in order to make the player lose all notion of time and keep him in place by breaking all ties with reality.

Are casinos a laundry of dirty money?

Even if this impression is often exploited in many films on the subject, the link between casino and mafia comes mainly from the fact that, in the first half of the 20th century, Las Vegas was partly built thanks to the involvement of the organized crime. We know that casinos these days are no longer run by gangsters, but rather by very large companies that see the long term and therefore favor their notoriety, their integrity and which therefore remain much more concerned about their ethics. Some countries, like our neighbor France, for example, place importance on controlling transactions and gaming rooms are therefore subject to drastic surveillance measures.

Examples ? Any exchange or gain movement is recorded and made available to the supervisory ministry (Interior or Finance) from €1,000, while even the PMU or the FDJ do not know of such an obligation. The Service Central des Courses et Jeux (SCCJ) or finance officials have also been able to control the movement of money at any time since 2006 through procedures. But these restrictions are not put in place because of the facts of embezzlement of casinos, but rather following abuse and financial embezzlement on the side of gambling circles which have been practically all closed in Paris since 2008 for this reason.