Can you think of anything so rare that the odds of it happening are 3 billion to 1? No?
Well Galacasino.com/ wanted to put it in perspective for you, the odds of being struck by lightning are 835,000 to 1. Although lightning isn’t so special, is it? Your chances of becoming President of the United States stand at a cool 10 million to 1 (better type up your manifesto and call your mother because you are in).
How about a plane crash? That’s 10,790,000 to 1 – impressive, but we can do better. Being bitten by a shark is a hell of a story to tell (if you can afterwards), but that only weighs in at 11.5 million to 1. Still not touching it.
How about being killed by a vending machine? Stop laughing, it’s an awful way to die – but it still only carries odds of 112 million to 1, nowhere near our 3 billion to 1 target.
Odds are part of the universal tradition of gambling. There isn’t a single culture on earth that doesn’t gamble in some way and these odds relate directly to the practice of gambling of June last year at 8.32pm, professional poker player Jeff Roman took a photo of a roulette table at the Rio Casino, Las Vegas, which had landed on 19 seven times in a This rare phenomenon would have been worth $3 billion dollars to any gambler with one dollar on predicting this might happen. Imagine the chaos if someone had put $100 on it…….
ABC news killed the mystery of the wonder-table by releasing a press statement saying that the roulette table was being tested at the time, and wasn’t being used commercially when it hit its run of 19s. Jeff Romano had seen a lot of people around the table, and wrongly assumed that it was being used by the public. He faced an outcry on Twitter, as people demanded an explanation for his actions. He responded, saying “I don’t need to explain anything. I took a pic of the wheel when I saw people around it, then left. What do you want.
The now famous picture prompted a flurry of other images of roulette wheels repeatedly landing on one number. The only one to beat the Rio’s roulette wheel was one at the MGM Grand – unsurprisingly also in Vegas, which allegedly hit 31 twelve times. Whether it was the real thing or a Photoshop creation, we will never know.