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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Royal Flusher's Daily Vegas Pic - Sept 3, 2017 - Sorting Cards

When you think of Vegas, do you think of slot machines, dice, or cards?

When it comes to the beginnings of gambling, which one is more epic-vintage-sick? Well, slot machines are out. They're an invention of the last 100 years or so.

You'd think that blackjack is the seminal card game from early Vegas - but it was probably initially not as popular as Faro.

But dice, in one form or another, are the oldest gambling apparatus of all (if you don't count marriage).

Back in the day of the original Caesar's Palace (this time with the apostrophe) and as long ago as 4000 years earlier, they'd throw animal knuckles around, because they were somewhat cube-like. Pit bosses weren't as anal when the knuckles went off the table.

Blackjack caught on bigtime in Vegas and eradicated Faro. Honestly, when was the last time you saw a good, honest Faro layout offered in Vegas?

And with blackjack comes cards. Decks and decks of them. Cases of them. Millions of them. They get used for an hour or two or six, and then...

...this poor sap has the job of sorting them out into decks of 52 different cards, and reboxing them for resale.

This may be the best poker hand I've ever seen.
The next time you see those used casino decks of cards for sale at the casino gift shop... just remember the sacrifices that this woman has made for all card playing personkind.

    1 comment:

    1. Why do they sort them out like that? Is it simply so they are back in order for resale, or do they inventory them too? Seems like a lot of work for a souvenir...


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