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Today's gambling

16 September 2017

By John Marchel

The United States has had a long history of gambling. For example, the Virginia colony was financed by a lottery that was held in England in 1612. The American Revolution was paid for largely by state lotteries. Later, numerous states and towns followed this lead, and paid for roads and public works projects through the sale of lottery tickets.

All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Those proceeds helped establish some of the nation’s earliest and most prestigious universities — Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and William and Mary. Lottery funds were also used to build churches and libraries. Ben Franklin, John Hancock and George Washington were all prominent sponsors of specific lotteries for public works projects. California has allowed poker card rooms to operate since gold was discovered in 1849.

Today, gambling is no longer seen as an evil pastime, rather, it is now viewed as a social event that includes visiting casinos for dinning, great entertainment and a respectable environment in which to have some fun. Even Las Vegas has transformed itself over the last 20 years, changing from a glitter and hardcore risk town for grown-ups into a family vacation destination.

Gambling today is considered by many to be, in reality, a popular form of adult entertainment. Numerous survey results through the years have indicated an overall acceptability of casino gambling with nearly 80% of respondents saying it is acceptable for themselves and others. Americans continue to overwhelmingly view gambling in general as a question of personal choice and nearly three-quarters see casinos as a valuable part of a community’s entertainment and tourism options.

Throughout the rest of America, voters have approved casino gambling in 20 states (and two U.S. Territories), and American Indians consider casino gambling on their land (470 casinos in 28 states) to be something that offers substantial financial rewards for their people.


• Today, so-called "penny slots" are actually the most profitable games for the casino industry. Some casinos have more penny slot machines than any other denomination.
• In the year 1992, Tunica County in Mississippi had 16 hotel rooms; since casinos opened in that county, today it has over 6,000 rooms.
• Originally, when Atlantic City first opened their casinos, the law required them to close from 4 a.m. (6 a.m. on weekends) to 10 a.m.
• California has 109 American Indian tribes in the state. In 2016 they operate 60 casinos.
• Las Vegas casinos have had great names, but their “theme names” were what management wanted their customers to know. The Sahara was “The Jewel in the Desert”; the Desert Inn was “The Warmest Hotel in Town”; the Sands’ “A Place in the Sun”; the Tropicana was “The Tiffany of the Strip”; and the Thunderbird wanted everyone to know it was “The Sacred Bearer of Happiness Unlimited.”
• In the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., in 1864, at the height of the Civil War there were 163 gambling houses in operation.
• In 1938 Las Vegas had a grand total of 32 table games spread over six different casinos.
• Many people know that Hughes brought five casinos in Las Vegas between 1966 and 1968; however, he also brought Harold’s Club in Reno, Nevada.
• In the late 1970s, when casinos were first opened in Atlantic City, it was illegal for the casino to put stools or chairs at the machines. Players could only stand while playing.
• When Dutch colonists brought the game of bowling to America in the 17th century, it was originally played with only ninepins. According to popular legend, the 10th pin was added to circumvent a ruling in the 1840s by the Connecticut Legislature, which outlawed ninepin bowling because of widespread gambling in the game.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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