Mass. lawmakers change casino bill after objections over local aid cut
The House and Senate today voted to change the bill proposing to legalize casino gambling in Massachusetts, after objections were raised over a payment to the horse-racing industry that had been expanded at the last minute. The final bill adding up to three casinos and one slots parlor still required two more procedural votes in each chamber before being sent to Governor Deval Patrick for his …
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Interesting gambling facts:
- Las Vegas in Nevada owes its success to the mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel who organized gaming and bookmaking operations for The Mob (the Mafia).
- 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.
- In Paris, legislation prohibiting playing cards was passed in 1377, and in Italy, playing cards and dice were burned.
- Gambling is defined by the Webster's New World Dictionary as the following: to play games of chance for money or some other stake, or to take a risk in order to gain some advantage.