Casino industry avoids tax hike to support gaming board
A view of the Las Vegas Strip from the top of Tropicana on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
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Interesting gambling information:
- The term "turned the tables" is actually a chess term coming from the mid 1600's. When a player was losing, they would physically turn the chess table to assume the winning side of the table.
- 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.
- French mathematicians Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascal explored the mathematics of gambling, leading to the formulation of Pascal's theory of probability in 1654.
- The current wave of legal lotteries started in New Hampshire, spread to other North-Eastern states, and then across the nation.