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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Interesting gambling information:
- During the 1950s, the Senate Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce held a number of hearings on criminal influence in the casino industry. The committee was chaired by Senator Estes Kefauver, and the committee is also known by his name.
- The name blackjack came from an early bet (since discontinued) that paid 10 to 1 if the player got a jack of spades and an ace of spades, both black cards, as the first two cards.
- Casino is defined by the Webster's New World Dictionary as the following: a small country house, or a building or room used for meetings, or public amusements, gaming, or a game at cards.
- In 1911 US legislation prohibited stud poker but ruled that draw poker was a game of skill and therefore was not illegal.