Amateurs tee it up and gamble at World Series of Golf
PRIMM, Nev. (AP) - In poker, they say all you need to win is a chip and a chair. At the World Series of Golf, it’s a ball and an attitude. Sixty amateur golfers each ponied up $10,000 to tee off Monday in a three-day golf tournament that uses poker betting in place of traditional scoring.
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Do you know that:
- Many casinos in Nevada were financed by mobsters. Most notable perhaps was Las Vegas' Flamingo which was opened in 1947 by Bugsy Siegel.
- 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.
- 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.
- The current wave of legal lotteries started in New Hampshire, spread to other North-Eastern states, and then across the nation.