Gambling machine maker to pay $375K fine to state
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A gambling machine supplier has agreed to pay a $375,000 state fine for not telling Missouri regulatory officials about a federal subpoena and other law enforcement actions related to its electronic bingo games in Alabama.
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Casino gambling information:
- Massachusetts decriminalized bingo in 1931 in an attempt to help churches and charitable organizations raise money. Bingo was legal in 11 states by the 1950s, usually only for charity purposes.
- Blackjack originated in French casinos around the 1700's where it was called "vingt-et-un" (twenty-and-one) and has been in United States since the 1800's.
- Gaming is now the States' favorite pastime. More individuals gamble than the combined total of those attending movies, sports, music events, theme parks and live entertainment.
- It was during the 1930's that slot machines began to become very popular across America, and in the late 40's Bugsy Siegel added machines to his Flamingo Hilton hotel in Las Vegas.