The casino is a place where often people’s dreams are larger than life. For many, the sounds, sights and the cold hard cash make the casino a sought-after place full of hope, and cold, hard cash! If we asked you what the top 10 records set inside the four walls of a casino consisted of, we're betting on you responding with some of the biggest jackpots or most played games.
Those records would only scratch the surface of what's been seen inside casino walls. Casinos host tons of events outside the realm of gambling and are one of the most popular places to host events pertaining to breaking world records. Let’s look at ten world records that have been set at a casino, some related to gambling and others… not at all:
Farthest Card Throw
In March of 2002, Ricky Smith Jr. threw a playing card 216 feet and 4 inches at a whopping 92 mph. Smith is a magician who is known for his work with cards, and has been seen on TV shows such as Shark Tank and America’s Got Talent.
Most Guitars Smashed
A new parking garage at a casino calls for celebration-right? That's what Hard Rock International thought, and nothing is more fitting for the Hard Rock than with a record-breaking guitar smash. When the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida opened it's new parking garage in 2010, 1914 participants showed up to smash guitars. The guitars were not music quality and the event resulted in a $50 000 worth of guitars donated to schools.
Largest Playing Card Fan
In March of 1994, Ralf Laue held 326 cards in a fan formation with each card value visible. Laue is known for breaking some pretty neat records including letter opening and pancake flipping as well.
Largest Functioning Blackjack Table
When the Viejas Casino celebrated its 21st anniversary of operation, it didn’t take the task of celebrating lightly. The casino brought in a 2226 square foot blackjack table with huge cards created to match. As you can imagine, this table drew quite a crowd, with over 2200 guests coming to try their hand, quite literally, at winning BIG.
Largest Wedding Cake
People host some of the most notable events at casinos, including the trade show that brought in the world’s largest wedding cake. The cake was created for the New England Bridal Expo in 2004 and had seven tiers. The cake weighed 13 000 pounds and was 17 feet tall. Some wondered about the quantity of ingredients used, to which the answer was 10 000 pounds of cake batter and approximately 4810 pounds of buttercream frosting. The cake was tasted by 59 000 people.
Largest Bacon Cheeseburger
Another food related record: In Carlton, Minnesota, the Black Bear Casino Resort set the record for the largest bacon cheeseburger. The burger weighed over 2014 pounds and was part of the resort’s Big Burger Bash back in 2012. Measuring 10 feet in diameter, the burger had over 60 pounds of bacon, 40 pounds of pickles, 40 pounds of cheese and would have tallied over 4.1 million calories if eaten in its entirety.
Largest Free-Standing House of Cards
This was built using 218 792 cards (over 4000 decks) and took the builder, Bryan Berg, an American Architect, over 44 days. The card house wasn’t a house at all, but was a replica of the Venetian Casino in Macau, China, one of the best casinos in the world.
Largest Slot Machine Tournament
In April of 2013, hundreds of people showed up at the casino as early as 6 am as the Mohegan Sun Casino held an enormous slot tournament for over 3000 players. The ensuing slots players resulted in setting two world records at the same time.
Most Slot Machines Functioning Simultaneously
The other half of Mohegan Sun Casino's double records, the 1600 slot machines whirling and whizzing and spinning all at the same time was good enough for a second world record. To note, all the slot machines were playing the same game: Hot Shot.
Most Time Spent Dealing Blackjack
A casino dealer, if asked, would tell you that he typically works an 8-hour day like most other people in North America. They deal for an hour and then receives a 20-minute break before dealing again. This was not the case for Stephen De Raffaele who spent 51 hours and 33 minutes dealing blackjack with a 15-minute break every 8 hours. This took place in 2001 from August 24-27.