Sky City subject of gambling protest
Auckland’s Sky City Casino is the subject of a noisy protest on Saturday to mark Gamble Free Day. The Problem Gambling Foundation is trying to raise awareness of the harm casinos and pokie machines can cause, especially in poor communities.
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Gambling casinos history:
- By the 18th and 19th centuries a dice game called Hazard had become popular in England and was played by the aristocracy in private gambling houses.
- One of the oldest casinos in Europe, at Baden Baden in Germany, was opened in 1748 by Edouard Benazet, who employed Parisian craftsmen to design the stylish rooms.
- 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.
- Although the Greeks had a profound understanding of mathematics they had no concept of probability, and assumed that the outcome of games of chance was due to the will of the gods.