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The biggest game of chance in town: The origins of Regatta Roulette

Each year, on the day before the Royal St. John's Regatta is scheduled, hundreds of St. John's residents take their chances partying in what's become known as Regatta Roulette.

The origins of Regatta Roulette

6 years ago
Duration 1:42
Newfoundland musician Alan Doyle says the day before the scheduled St. John's Regatta is the "greatest Tuesday in the world." But do you know how the Regatta Roulette began?

Each year, on the day before the Royal St. John's Regatta is scheduled, hundreds of St. John's residents take their chances on partying in what's become known as Regatta Roulette.

If you win, you get a day to sleep it off. But if you lose, you're in for a long day at work on a Wednesday.

According to Larry Dohey, the manager of collections at The Rooms, it's a tradition that's as old as the Regatta itself.

For Newfoundland musician Alan Doyle, it's the greatest Tuesday night in the world.

What do you know about this unique tradition?

With files from Jeremy Eaton

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