Pokie tax will ‘kill clubs’
HUNDREDS of NSW clubs will close unless the state government freezes poker machine tax, Clubs NSW has said.
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Interesting gambling information:
- The first recorded betting games were played with marked disks or bones (the forerunners of dice), and spinning wheels or shields.
- Lotteries were brought to America in the 1800s by the thousands of Chinese immigrants who worked in the mines and on the railroads.
- The word Casino originally meant a public hall for music and dancing. By the second half of the 19th century, the term essentially meant a collection of gaming or gambling rooms. The classic example of a casino, is the casino at Monte-Carlo, which was opened in 1861.
- In 1911, the state of California ruled that "draw" poker was a skill, and thus could not be banned under existing anti-gambling laws. However, "Stud" poker was still considered illegal at the time.