Punch boards gambling. Gambling Collectibles Punchboards Two

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Board is in mint condition, and measures approx. A local tavern owner would construct a game board out of wood, drill small holes in it, and fill each hole with a small paper ticket or gamepiece.

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This board has jumbo style holes - each hole contains 6 different punchboard tickets. Tobacco and beer companies would use boards to advertise their products, suggesting you could win a beer or a cigar, but these, too, were used for cash gambling.

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Noted gambling author John Scarne estimates that 30 million punchboards were sold in the years between and In the nineteenth century, board operators eventually drilled into their own holes they knew where the big money was because they made the board. He also estimates that 50 million punchboards were sold in alone, during the peak of their popularity.

Colorful board is in mint condition.

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A customer could push out a slip of paper with a nail, and check to see if he had the winning number. The punchboard soon became increasingly similar to today's lottery tickets. All tickets with an 8 or better, won.

Those were popular with con men, like the character played by George C. After World War II[ edit ] After World War IIuse of the punchboard as a gambling tool began to decline because many punch boards gambling frowned at its gambling-like nature, and the punchboard was outlawed in many states.

As picture shows, this is a board that you really want to get your hands on. This came to prevention by the use of serial numbers: They had figured out that barkeeps, who usually made their own boards, often kept the top prizes for themselves.

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Soon, the punchboard became cheap and easy to assemble, and the industry flourished. Like modern-day slot machinespunch boards often had themes and were decorated with images of sports or folk heroes like Paul Bunyan. The holes were then typically covered with paper or foil. This one involved putting paper in both the front and back of the hole to help prevent operators from cheating.