SAN PABLO / Video bingo machines are tribe’s new gamble / Devices no different from slots, say critics of East Bay
Having failed in its attempts to turn its San Pablo cardroom into a Las Vegas-style casino, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians on Monday will unveil 500 new electronic bingo machines, the first in the state. But critics say the video terminals look, sound…
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Interesting gambling information:
- Keno, the casino version of lotto, originated in China nearly 2000 years ago when Cheung Heung devised a lottery as a way of raising funds for his province's army.
- Casino chips were used in the 18th century as a substitute for money being wagered. Originally, they were pieces of bones, mother of pearl or ivory engraved with the name of the casino and their respective value.
- Charles Fey invented the first slot machine way back in 1895. He went on to perfect his initial innovation in 1907, when he teamed with Mills Novelty Company who manufactured the "Mills Liberty Bell".
- Lotteries, along with their close derivative bingo, are the most popular kinds of gambling. The popularity of lottery games is not limited to state-run lotteries. Indian tribes run lotteries and illegal lotteries still exist.