Casino hearings have racing officials optimistic
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A pact by Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney to protect Atlantic City's casinos from in-state competition will undergo a test by Assembly Democrats , who plan to hold public hearings later this year to discuss the merits of bringing casino gaming to the Meadowlands.
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Interesting gambling facts:
- Lotteries were brought to America in the 1800s by the thousands of Chinese immigrants who worked in the mines and on the railroads.
- Charles Fey invented the first slot machine way back in 1895. He went on to perfect his initial innovation in 1907, when he teamed with Mills Novelty Company who manufactured the "Mills Liberty Bell".
- The Gold Rush brought a huge increase in the amount and types of gambling to California. San Francisco replaced New Orleans as the center for gambling in the United States.
- Bingo as we know it today is a form of lottery and is a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia - the Italian National Lottery organized in 1530.