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The World’s Oldest Casinos

O Golden Gate Casino em Las Vegas
The Casino di Venezia
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The oldest casinos in the world are glamorous and grand, and they have been making winners of players for centuries. They are home to the most iconic pokies and other games, and they offer the atmosphere to match the thrills. It is easy to see why players still flock to these stately establishments. Apart from being historical landmarks that have colourful histories, they still offer fantastic opportunities to win.

Take a tour of the oldest casinos with us and get to know the gambling establishments that have stood the test of time!

1. Casino di Venezia – 1638

Founded in Venice, Italy, in 1638, the Casino di Venezia was known as Ca’ Vendramin Calergi. After the first gaming venue was closed, Italian royals used the magnificent building as their Venetian accommodation. When the royal family moved on, composer Richard Wagner took up occupation.

In 1946, it was bought by the City of Venice, and was re-opened as a casino in 1959. The Casino di Venezia now offers more than 600 slots, as well as table games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Roulette. It also hosts World Poker Tour events. Formally dressed dealers are ready to welcome players who arrived at the venue via a boat shuttle. In addition to the gaming floor at the 381-year-old venue, you can enjoy the Wagner museum and a garden with a view of the Grand Canal.

2. Casino de Spa – 1763

Established in 1763, the Casino de Spa is the world’s second-oldest real-money gaming venue. It is located in the Belgian town of Spa, which is the site of famous springs said to have healing properties.

The town became a popular destination for tourists who wanted to ‘take the cure’, and the casino was opened to provide them with amusement in between treatments. The venue suffered a major fire in 1918, and it had to be rebuilt. The Circus Casino Spa Group then acquired it in the early 2000s. If you are lucky enough to find yourself wandering onto the gaming floor, you will find more than 150 slots, as well as tables that offer Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and other games. The 256-year-old casino oozes old world charm, and it offers an exceptional view of the city from the terrace.

3. The Kurhaus of Baden-Baden – 1834

The Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, Germany is not only one of the oldest casinos in the world; it is also one of the most beautiful. The building was constructed in 1824, but it was not until 1834 that the gaming venue opened.

The Kurhaus became one of the most popular gaming venues in Europe when France banned gambling in the 1830s, and it enjoyed the patronage of players from various countries. Among the most famous to pass through its doors were the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the German actress Marlene Dietrich. It must have left quite an impression on Dostoevsky, because he wrote his novel the Gambler after his visit. The experience of playing slots, cards or table games beneath the 185-year-old casino’s sparkling chandeliers and in view of amazing hand-painted murals is one you will not forget.

4. Casino de Monte Carlo – 1856

The Casino de Monte Carlo welcomed its first players in 1856. It is possibly the most famous casino on the planet, and its name has become synonymous with the glamour of gambling.

Located in Monaco, the complex also includes the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo offices and the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo. The 136-year-old casino was originally the idea of Princess Caroline, the wife of Prince Florestan I, who wanted to help save her family, the ruling Grimaldis, from bankruptcy. The Casino de Monte Carlo is now owned by Société des bains de mer de Monaco. It is a public company, the majority of which is held by the royal family. A playground of the rich, famous and frivolous, the casino offers Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Craps, slots and more, and houses several extremely luxurious private gaming rooms too.

5. Golden Gate Casino – 1906

On 3 January 1906, the Hotel Nevada and Casino opened on the corner of Main and Fremont streets, Las Vegas. The man behind the project was John F. Miller, who arrived in what was to become Sin City in 1905, and bought the corner plot of land for $1,750.

The casino continued to attract players until the 1909 state-wide gambling ban. It received a new lease on life in 1931 when gambling was legalised in Nevada once again. The building was expanded and renamed Sal Sagev that year. In 1955 the casino was renamed as the Golden Gate, and the new name was extended to the rest of the property in 1974. In addition to a gaming floor that still features all manner of classic, retro and contemporary games, the 113-year-old venue became particularly famous for its unbelievably cheap shrimp cocktail!

The Casino di Venezia
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True Conspiracy Theories

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Truthful conspiracy theories
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If you’ve ever had a conversation with a drunk, semi-homeless looking stranger in your local pub, you’ll know that there are more conspiracy theories going around than there are clothing fashions. Alien’s bodies are being held in Area 51. Or the government desperately tried to cover up a spy balloon. Everything that you do online, including spinning slot’s reels for casino gold or otherwise, is watched by shady government agents.

We could argue until we’re blue in the face as to which conspiracies are true and which aren’t. Or we could go over these conspiracy theories that were confirmed to be true. To some extent anyway.

Project Sunshine

When you’re developing a giant bomb that can wipe out cities during a war, you want that business kept under wraps. Though, do call it Project Sunshine, since everyone likes a little joke for the ‘in the know’ people that understand it refers to atomic bombs.

Less funny is that the existence of Project Sunshine has been confirmed in declassified documents and the US and the United Kingdom really did collude to steal the bones, limbs and other parts of recently deceased children. The collected body parts were used to study the effects of radiation. The US has kept some documents hidden, with general consensus being that the information within was simply too distasteful or embarrassing.

Government Poisons Moonshine

Back when the United States thought prohibition was a good idea, they did some silly things. Besides making alcohol illegal, of course. It has been all but confirmed that between 1926 and 1933 some rather drastic steps were taken. Since moonshine is made with already dangerous chemicals, the government thought it would be a great idea to increase the amount of said chemicals in order to avoid manufacturers creating beverages.

Of course, it wasn’t a very well thought out plan, since the manufacturers just rebranded the moonshine as having extra kick. This last part is a joke; they just kept making moonshine and didn’t give two hoots. Or, a little more shockingly, they might just not have known. Around 10,000 died from drinking poisoned moonshine.

Government Mind Control

This one is a bit sketchy, but stick with us. The US really was involved in experiments that altered human consciousness, with LSD as a core component. It was called MK-ULTRA. But if you’ve seen The Men Who Stare At Goats, or read the book, you’ll know that it isn’t as straightforward and sinister as it sounds. Though, it was pretty sinister.

The real wonder is that the project got underway in the first place, and more so that it lasted as long as it did. Either way, the thing to take away is that the US spent money on this project. Tax dollars so very well spent.

Aliens!

Where, in space? Obviously. Can you do maths? Also, the government is indeed looking into UFOs. That means Unidentified Flying Object though. Not aliens. So yes. If the government is looking for UFOs or alien life forms, chances are there is something out there.

Searching or UFOs
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They Are Watching You

Is the government spying on you? You, specifically? No, it would be an obscene waste of resources. Unless you’re doing some exceptionally dodgy things. We mean far dodgier than looking at questionable naughty websites.

The Patriot Act means that the US government can indeed spy on people, but only under the strict guideline that they suspect terrorist activity. In 2016 it was also confirmed that tens of thousands of requests for information were sent to Facebook, Google and Apple. We’re sure they had very good reason.

The Dalai Lama’s Salary

Recently declassified documents revealed that the Dalai Lama worked with the US government. During the 1960’s he helped the CIA with various schemes to disrupt China and hamper their infrastructure. In doing so he earned around $1.7 million a year.

Or to be more specific, the US helped the Tibetan resistance against the Chinese government. In the process the Dalai Lama earned a small fortune.

False Flag Operations

Basically everything is touted as being a False Flag Operation these days. Which conflicts are and aren’t we care not to speculate about. But, in the Gulf of Tonkin one pretty big mess did indeed unfold.

In 1964 South Vietnamese forces attacked the American Naval Ship Maddox. The incident was key to the further involvement of the US in the war. It turns out that the South Vietnamese forces were simply responding to an attack already perpetrated by the Maddox.

Government-Controlled Weather

One of the longest running conspiracy theories ever. Yes, already existing clouds can be seeded, and this reality was a used tactic was used in the Vietnam War to wash out roads. It’s also used to help farmers during droughts

But cloud seeding isn’t what the conspiracy theory is talking about. It rather refers to precise government control over weather, with the HARP satellite array often being mentioned. Which is not true, as far as we know.

The 7 Ultimate Wonders Of The World

Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal
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The so-called ‘Wonders of the World’ are something that have to be seen to be believed. Their sheer impressive scale, combined with the fact that most are old enough to be beyond history books makes them mythical in their grandeur. Of course, seeing all the worlds’ wonders in person would require winning casino gold, given the current cost of travel. But even if you only get to see one or two, the experience is sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

These 7 modern wonders of the world are based on a 100 million person vote that took place in 2007. Take a look and see which ones you want to add to your bucket list!

Great Wall Of China

The Great Wall of China is something that is impossible to fully appreciate unless you are viewing it in person. The enormous structure was constructed between the 5th century BC and 16th Century, serving to act as protection from invading Mongol armies. The entire structure runs for a total of 4,000 miles, although some sections of the wall are not in as good condition as others. Either way, this is the longest manmade structure on the planet, and continues to reduce visitors to speechlessness on a daily basis. It can’t be seen from space as one famous myth has claimed for decades, but that doesn’t make the wall any less impressive.

Christ The Redeemer

This world famous statue of Christ is another that defies true scale unless seen up close. Costing $250,000 to make, and standing 130 feet tall atop Corcovado Mountain, there is hardly a location in Rio that the statue cannot be seen from. It was erected in 1931 from soapstone and cement and designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, but what many don’t know is that almost the entire cost was raised via donations from the public. It awed locals upon being completed, and continues to draw crowds of tourists annually.

Machu Picchu

The mystery that surrounds the Incan Machu Picchu city is a big part of its attraction. How the city was built between the precarious mountain peaks can only be guessed at, not in the least given how expertly the structures were supported and reinforced to avoid sliding down cliffs. What is known is that Machu Picchu came about somewhere in the mid-1400s, and likely served as a sacred temple to nearby Cusco. More astonishing still is that it remained hidden, known only to locals, until a groundbreaking rediscovery in 1911.

Chichen Itza

Another Wonder of the World and an ancient structure shrouded in mystery, Chichen Itza in Mexico was a trading post that thrived between 800 and 1200. It was thought that locals gathered here to trade items of luxury of the time, including cloth, honey and salt. The Wonder was created by the Mayan civilisation, and the structures are breathtaking in their incredibly intricate and expert design. The centrepiece, El Caracol, thought to be an astronomical observatory, is matched only the pyramids in how difficult it must have been to construct.

The Colosseum in Rome
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The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum is one of the most recognised World Wonders, appearing in multiple movies, books, comics and other forms of entertainment. Built between A.D 70 and A.D 80, the towering circular structure is perhaps so well known due to the bloody contests that occurred within. From hunts and executions to massive re-enactments, the sands of the Colosseum floor were all but soaked in blood. Today the famous Italian landmark is in worse shape than many assume, given centuries of punishment from earthquakes and thieves. But the parts that are open to the public are flooded with tourists clamouring to soak up the sight of this ancient amphitheatre.

Taj Mahal

Built between 1632 and 1648, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum for the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is a potpourri of multiple architectural styles, including Indian, Turkish, Islamic and Persian. What many don’t know until visiting is that the building itself is only part of the overall beauty. Glorious flowerbeds and reflection pools makeup the surrounding gardens, which are almost as glorious as the white marble towers themselves.

Petra

Last but not least we have Petra, located in Jordan. Often said to be one of the most overlooked sites of ancient ingenuity, most were unaware that the climax scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed in a real place. Petra was only declared a world heritage site in 1985, and likely thrived between 8BC to 40AD. The amount of time and dedication that went into carving such elaborate designs into sheer rock is a marvel to behold. But most incredible is that the entire city was possible only due to expert diverting and storing of water, which was done via an elaborate series of underground tunnels. There are multiple impressive individual locations in Petra, with the Monastery being the most well known, thanks to the fictional archaeologist. But nearby is an amphitheatre that seats 4,000, which is rarely ever mentioned, and is well worth a visit too.