EC renews warnings to Sweden and Germany
Despite reports in the German press earlier today (Thursday) that the EC was considering a deal on its German problems, the enforcement arm of the European Union has issued renewed warnings to the German and Swedish authorities over their monopolistic gambling restrictions.
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Interesting gambling information:
- In 1857, Prince Charles III of Monaco decided to introduce gambling to his Mediterranean principality to boost its finances.
- The most popular form of charitable gambling is bingo. In California, bingo is the only charitable game that is legal.
- The name of the game "Poker" likely descended from the French poque, which descended from the German pochen ("to knock"), but it is not clear whether the games named by those terms were the real origins of poker.
- The Gold Rush brought a huge increase in the amount and types of gambling to California. San Francisco replaced New Orleans as the center for gambling in the United States.