The Fathers of Casino Gambling – Happy Fathers Day

Today we tip our hat to the Fathers of Casino Gambling on this Father’s Day! This is a look back at those who either invented a game or made it prominent in the industry’s casinos.  Here are some important Fathers of Casino Gambling.

The Father of the Slot Machine – Charles Fey 

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Charles Frey and a picture of the famous “first” slot machine the “Liberty Bell.”

In 1895, Charles Fey is the father of  slot machines. He invented it and called it the Liberty Bell. Fey then opened a slots manufacturing factory in 1896. Fey designed and manufactured the first slots by himself. They were soon placed into the local gambling establishments making Charles Fey the first recognized proprietor of slot machines.

In 1901, Charles Fey added a Draw feature to his very popular Slot machine. This allowed some of the drums to be held when taking a second spin. This feature turned them more into a skill-based gambling machine, and set the stage for the future of video poker.

The Father of Card Counting – Ed Thorpe

During his tenure at the MIT, former mathematics professor Edward Oakley Thorp brought card counting to modern Blackjack in 1962. When the father of card-counting published his book, “Beat the Dealer,” he came up with  a model that could help decrease the house advantage. Although it has been succeeded by other famous books and methods, Thorp’s Ten Count System is regarded as the first mathematically proven system for card counting made available to the general public.

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Ed Thorp’s ground-breaking counting system.

The Father of Casino Gambling – Modern Craps and  John H. Winn

It was American dice maker, John H. Winn, who developed the rules allowing wagers for or against the shooter, thus becoming the father of modern Craps. His influence on the game brought us the game as we know it today, a full table setup in the air-conditioned comfort of a casino.

The Father of Casino Gambling – Roulette and Blaise Pascal 

At 16, Blaise Pascal actually presented a paper about geometry that blew away the best math minds in Paris at that time. More importantly to us, his connection to probability led to his influence on Roulette. Blaise Pascal created a formula to show the probability of two people winning in a casino game, and this has become the essence of probability theory! So, when Blaise Pascal was trying to invent a perpetual motion machine, he invented Roulette instead!

The Godfather of Texas Holdem Poker – Benny Binion.

Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. His biggest achievement was the invention of the World Series of Poker. More than anyone else, he was responsible for putting the game of Texas Holdem Poker on the world map.The Fathers of Casino Gambling

Some recent Fathers of Casino Gambling (Inventors) of casino games:

  1. Sam Torosian (Father of Pai Gow Poker),in 1985, had a brilliant idea. He took the play of Pai Gow Tiles and mixed them with elements of poker. This new casino game, Pai Gow Poker, was a perfect blend of old and new, East and West, luck and strategy, and it was an instant hit.
  2. Derek Webb was the first “inventor” of the casino variant for Three Card Poker in 1994 and patented in 1997. He had a vision for a game that combined the excitement of poker and the speed of regular casino games. His version of Three Card Poker is now a staple of casino table games.
  3. David Sklansky is the first person wanting to take credit for the invention of Caribbean Stud Poker. Mr. Sklansky claims he invented a game which is fundamentally the same as Caribbean Stud Poker. His version did not include the progressive jackpot feature which Caribbean Stud Poker players know and love today. There are many variants on the origin of the game. Related Post – Caribbean Stud Poker Basics – Your Ultimate Primer
  4. Let It RideJohn Breeding, Shuffle Master founder invented the game with the goal of fueling demand for the company’s shuffling machine.

We tip our NETG hat to the father’s of gaming. But most of all, we tip our hat all the fathers out there.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

 

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