Doolittle mum on questions about casino letters
WASHINGTON - Rep. John Doolittle turned down repeated requests from reporters Monday asking him to explain why he wrote letters in 2003 on behalf of two Indian tribes that had hired Jack Abramoff’s lobbying firm, including one letter that appeared to go against his longstanding opposition to gambling.
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Interesting gambling facts:
- The term "turned the tables" is actually a chess term coming from the mid 1600's. When a player was losing, they would physically turn the chess table to assume the winning side of the table.
- The second oldest casino hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip was the Last Frontier and it opened in October of 1942. It had 105 guestrooms and the property was made to look like an old western town. The first casino hotel resort opened just 18 months earlier and was called El Rancho.
- 2000: MGM Grand Inc. stages the gaming industry's largest corporate buyout with its $6 million purchase of Mirage Resorts Inc.
2005: Las Vegas celebrates one illustrious century on May 15.
- In 1911 US legislation prohibited stud poker but ruled that draw poker was a game of skill and therefore was not illegal.