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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner | Origin & Meaning [Explained]

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner is a common phrase that many PUBG users are familiar with. It pops up when a player is the last man standing in the Battle Royale, which is a title of recognition among the squad members, wherein the player can then strut themselves as the sole survivor of the ordeal.

Now, you might be curious to know the origins of the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner phrase, given its strange structure, and also the funny way of putting it at the end of a full-fledged FPS battle royale.

Many of my die-hard PUBG playing friends had me believe that the phrase comes from the World War 2 era, but that was not the case when I surfed the net to quench my inquisitiveness.

In this article, I shall try to explain what this phrase really means and therefore my appeal to you is to read the article thoroughly for it will be very informative, especially if you are a gamer.

The Dark Origins

One of the speculations is that the phrase “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner“ made its first appearance during the Great Depression.

Yes, the one from 1929, when the day that the U.S. stock market crashed that would lead to a long recession for more than a decade. You could say the real “ depression ” was in the American economy because there was a shortage of jobs, salary cuts, and a lot of budget cuts.

The classic “Modern Times” starring Charlie Chaplin captured the Great Depression perfectly, but it still was a mere skim, because the reality was still grim underneath.

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So back to the point of discussion, In order to make some money during this poor financial conundrum, people would arrive in the dozens for games of street craps. This was an easy gambling game, all you need is a pair of dice. It’s more of a Casino Crap game on steroids.

Players here bet on the likelihood of one player (the shooter) rolling a particular number on the pair of dice. This continues until they manage to roll a perfect seven on both of the dice. The player who bet correctly would have won enough to afford an actual Chicken Dinner which was good as a jackpot at that time of destituteness.

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The more Flamboyant Version

Yet another speculation I would love to present to my dear readers is that the expression ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ came from  Las Vegas, Yes, the Good Ol’ Sin City.

Back in the days when the Vegas Casinos were still growing in stature, a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a vegetable cost only about $1.79. And the least bet you could make in those times was also $2, which isn’t purely coincidental by the way, because a chicken dinner in those times was one of the best deals you could find. 

So, winners would end up treating themselves to a Heart meal with a chicken dinner at one of the casinos they usually gambled at. Some even say The origin of the term could be credited to an unnamed Chinese blackjack dealer at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino and it embodied a Cockney rhyming slang.

The term entered pop culture through Kevin Spacey’s 2008 movie “21″ based on the true story about a couple of MIT students that learnt how to count cards and basically tricked and drained out the casinos which cost them some large sums of cold-hard cash.  

Whichever way you look at it, the origins of “ Winner Winner Chicken Dinner “ is still connected in large to gambling, albeit in a very grim time of American History. 

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Final Take by Tecvalue

Now you probably know the very mysterious and grim backstory of the term “ Winner Winner Chicken Dinner ”, before it was resurrected as the victory call for the sole survivors of a PUBG battle royale. There might be many theories strewn across the web, but we have presented the best and most popular of the theories you can ever find.

Krafton ( the developers of Battlegrounds Mobile India ) has also announced the Tagline will find its way to the game as well. Krafton also has announced several new elements and features in the game like the Level 3 backpack, Sanhok and Erangle maps, and PAN.

The South Korean game developers are also using similar audio tracks to let gamers have a whiff of nostalgia in the all-new PUBG Mobile India’s teasers. 

There was also news that 3 places have popped up in Google Maps, and all three seem to be around Delhi, with two of those being found smack in the middle of Gurugram.

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Basim Parapathil

Basim likes to assert himself as the Chandler Bing of Technical writers, which is why you would find him struggling to blend sarcasm and technical stuff. It surprisingly gives out a humorous style targeting the younger spectra of the readers who go through his articles. Basim also dabbles in literature, which is evident in how he expresses (or even exaggerates !) some parts of his technical write-ups. He is also a Google and Microsoft certified Digital Marketer and seems to be well-versed in SEO realms. He is currently pursuing a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering in Trivandrum, Kerala.

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