Casinos to remain open at least through Sunday afternoon
TRENTON — Atlantic City casinos will remain open at least through Sunday afternoon, and likely longer, despite a government shutdown initiated this morning by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. The question of whether casinos would be forced to close was scheduled to be heard in an appellate court this afternoon, but both the state and the casinos requested 24 hours to file supplemental briefs, said Winnie
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Interesting gambling facts:
- The first games that we would recognize as modern roulette were introduced in Paris casinos around the end of the 18th century. In the mid 19th century the single zero game was invented in France, this reduced the casino's edge thereby increasing the odds of the player.
- French mathematicians Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascal explored the mathematics of gambling, leading to the formulation of Pascal's theory of probability in 1654.
- Video Poker machines were introduced in the 1970s, when an oil embargo had a negative impact on Vegas revenues. The machines were popular enough to spark a recovery in casino business.
- In 1978, New Jersey became the second state to legalize casino gambling in an attempt to revitalize the rundown resort area of Atlantic City. The legalization was restricted only to Atlantic City.