Hickey Urges Gov. Quinn to Block Chicago Casino Expansion
ORLAND PARK, Ill., Aug. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — 11th District — Jim Hickey Sunday called on Gov. Patrick Quinn to block plans by Chicago to build a casino and to suspend casino expansion in the state. Hickey, a candidate to represent the 11th Congressional District in next year’s election, said that the expansion plans would dramatically impact the existing casinos in his district and the in other suburban communities that rely on funding to support their community services.
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Do you know that:
- Casino chips were used in the 18th century as a substitute for money being wagered. Originally, they were pieces of bones, mother of pearl or ivory engraved with the name of the casino and their respective value.
- The first games that we would recognize as modern roulette were introduced in Paris casinos around the end of the 18th century. In the mid 19th century the single zero game was invented in France, this reduced the casino's edge thereby increasing the odds of the player.
- By the 1370s, playing cards had reached Europe in a form that is recognizable today, with a pack consisting of 52 cards with suits of swords, polo-sticks, cups and coins.
- French mathematician Blaise Pascale is often credited with inventing the roulette wheel as a result of his experiments with perpetual motion machines.