Denton casts key vote on bingo bill
By M.J. Ellington, Montgomery Bureau After 32 years in the Legislature, Sen. Bobby Denton cast his first vote Tuesday in favor of a gambling bill, a vote that was key to its passage. Denton, D-Muscle Shoals, is dean of the Senate and said his decision came after a weekend of telephone calls pushing him to vote for or against Sen. Roger Bedford’s bingo bill.
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Gambling history facts:
- 1994: On New Year's Day Frank Sinatra gives his last Las Vegas performance at the MGM Grand.
1998: Opening of the Bellagio. With 3,026 rooms it is the largest hotel in the world, and also the most expensive - it cost $1.7 billion to build.
- Catholics were found to be more likely to gamble than Protestants and other religious groups. Catholics were also found to be less likely to disapprove of gambling than other religious groups.
- 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.
- The El Rancho Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas was known for a few firsts. It was the first casino/resort on the Strip opening in 1941 with 63 guestrooms. It was also the first to offer a buffet. The cost of the buffet was only $1.00! The El Rancho burned down in 1960 and fortunately no one was hurt.