Thousands of dollars seized from mobile-home casino
Following the Saturday night raid of a double-wide casino trailer just off FM 225, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office estimates they have recovered as much as $15,000 and 71 gambling machines. An exact tally is expected later Monday.
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Interesting gambling facts:
- Dice games have existed in one form or another for over 2000 years and were originally played with dice fashioned from the knucklebones of sheep.
- The Great Wall of China was financed, in part, by a lottery. The Bible is replete with references to drawing lots. Lot casting was a favored means of communication between man and god.
- The word Casino originally meant a public hall for music and dancing. By the second half of the 19th century, the term essentially meant a collection of gaming or gambling rooms. The classic example of a casino, is the casino at Monte-Carlo, which was opened in 1861.
- In 1891, Sittman and Pitt of Brooklyn began to manufacture the first nationally known poker card machines. The machines maintained their enormous popularity until just before World War I.