MARION — For many people, a fun night means going out to dinner– or watching a movie… but for others, you can’t match the thrill of Bingo. Some spend every night of the week at one of dozens of Bingo Halls in the area. Against all odds– Bingo is alive and well in southern Illinois.
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Interesting gambling information:
- Dog racing (a race among greyhounds who chase after a mechanical rabbit) operates in 17 states. Jai-alai (a game similar to handball) is legal in just three: Connecticut, Florida, and Rhode Island.
- Lotteries were brought to America in the 1800s by the thousands of Chinese immigrants who worked in the mines and on the railroads.
- Although baccara has its origins in medieval Italy, it soon spread to France, where it was called "chemin de fer" (meaning railway, due to the action of the card box or shoe passing around the table on "tracks").
- In 1973, the Commission on the Review of National Policy toward Gambling was created to study gambling in the United States.