French Lick casino prepares to open
A long-awaited moment will arrive today in French Lick when investors snip the ribbon on Indiana’s 11th casino and unveil a refurbished century-old hotel. The opening of the $382 million French Lick Springs Resort & Casino is viewed as a huge step in a decade-long push to revive gambling and reverse Orange County’s woeful economic fortunes.
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Interesting gambling facts:
- The casino at Spa, a Belgian resort town noted for its mineral baths, was built by the Prince Bishop of the province of Liege in 1763.
- Indian tribes have used their position as sovereign entities to develop a number of gaming establishments. Indian casinos operate in 22 states. This number is expected to grow.
- 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.
- Playing cards are believed to have been invented in China and/or India sometime around 900 A.D. The Chinese are thought to have originated card games when they began shuffling paper money (another Chinese invention) into various combinations.