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Believe It or Not…Poker Fun Facts and Incredible Odds


  • Date: October 15, 2013

A Presidential Pursuit

President Richard Nixon loved to play poker so much that his skills were mentioned several times throughout his campaign. While in the Navy, Nixon won $6,000, which he used to fund his winning 1946 US Congress campaign.

One in Two Million

In a standard 52-card deck, there are 2,598,960 possible hands. With all those options, you likely won’t get the same card combination unless you play ten times a day and live to be over a hundred.

Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and… Eagles?

In 1937, card companies tried to add a fifth suit to the standard deck, which was symbolized by an eagle. It didn’t last.

Top-Tier Television

According to television ratings, poker is the third most popular game to watch on the tube. Only football and racecar driving attract more television viewers.

Dead Man’s Hand

Wild Bill Hickock holds court as one of the West’s most iconic cowboys and when he wasn’t gunfighting he could usually be found at a card table. The prolific gambler was playing Draw Poker one afternoon when one of his enemies, Jack McCall, swept into the saloon and shot him. Wild Bill died holding two pairs: the aces and eights of both clubs and spades. The famous hand has been immortalized as the “Dead Man’s Hand.”

Strength in Numbers

If you play poker regularly, you’re not alone. About 80 million people play poker in the United States, and you can find about 1 million people playing at any time throughout the day!

At Spirit Mountain, we create an environment that is competitive, comfortable, and above all, fun. Our poker room regularly hosts tournaments and events that will keep players of every level on the edge of their seats. Stay at the best casino in Oregon to enjoy the unbeatable atmosphere… And head home a winner!

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