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History of Las Vegas
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In 1976, when casino-style gaming was legalized in Atlantic City, N.J., it became apparent to Las Vegas casino owners that Nevada no longer could claim exclusive rights to gambling casinos. It perhaps hastened the beginning of another era for the Strip -- the megaresort. Hotel-casinos began the race to become full-blown destination resorts for travelers, vacationers, gamblers, conventioneers and all members of the family. Circus Circus Enterprises Inc., in October 1968 already had opened a circus-tent-shaped casino complete with midway...

Indian Gaming Casino Jobs
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With Native American reservations in the United States viewed as sovereign nations, tribal leaders face the same responsibilities as any other government leaders to provide for their people and secure financing to pay for law enforcement, social services, and road work. So far the most successful method of raising finances for tribal communities has come through gaming profits. The word "Indian" applies to tribal gaming done on Native American reservations, a component of the legal wording on all documents addressing...

Gaming Guide
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Gambling is a sport. A few people play as professionals, making a decent living at it. But for most, gambling is a form of recreation to be enjoyed. And like any other sport, there are scores of books, periodicals, and video tapes touting the latest insights to better your game. One of the best sources for information on current trends, new how-to books, even historical perspectives on gaming and tales of the gambling glories is the Gambler's Book Club located...

Game Descriptions: Roulette
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Roulette, the oldest casino game still in existence, originated from other wheel games popular during the Middle Ages. It gained widespread popularity in Europe, especially in France during the late eighteenth century. By the early nineteenth century, roulette—which is French for "little wheel"—made it across the Atlantic, introduced to the United States by professional gamblers who adapted many European games to suit American tastes. Roulette attracts a much larger following in Europe than in America. The American roulette wheel averages...

Game Descriptions: Poker
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Poker can be traced to the early seventeenth century when a variation of the game was played by the Persians in the form of as-nas, a five-card game. French immigrants who had been in the military in Persia introduced poker to nineteenth-century America. Poker then spread throughout the States via riverboat gambling, establishing itself as a national pastime after World War I, when it became one of the Army's favorite card games. Poker is played by over 65 million Americans...

Game Descriptions: Pai gow
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Pai gow is an intriguing gambling game that has been popular for years in Asia and recently has gained a following at casinos here in the United States. The game is played with thirty-two tiles with the traditional domino-like engraved dots. (Some casinos even refer to pai gow tiles as "dominos" because they are so similar.) Setting up the game requires the dealer to shuffle the tiles, stacking them into eight stacks of four, and then rolling three dice. The...

Game Descriptions: Keno
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During the Han Dynasty of China two thousand years ago, a man named Cheung Leung invented a game in which players tried to match a set of characters with those randomly drawn. Legend has it that this game was responsible for financing the building of China's Great Wall. In its earliest version choices consisted of 120 Chinese characters taken from Confucius' Thousand Character Book. Later, the number of characters was reduced to ninety, and when Chinese immigrants brought the game...

Game Descriptions: Craps
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Craps developed out of the old English game hazard, which came to America in the early eighteenth century. Hazard proved too tedious for American players, so the rules were altered, after which the game's popularity soared. Now at least 50 million players annually bet over $200 million on craps. With its exciting and fast play, this game often attracts a huge crowd to watch the action. A craps table is shaped like a large billiards table, with a sunken surface....

Game Descriptions: Blackjack
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The card game of blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is commonly believed to have grown out of the popular French game vingt-et-un. Early nineteenth-century professional gamblers are credited with bringing blackjack, as well as many other parlor games, into gaming's mainstream by eliminating its air of European elitism. As a result, the game quickly became popular in the United States, especially with those who were out to tame the West. Today, blackjack is a staple of casino gambling and has...

Game Descriptions: Baccarat
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Baccarat has a reputation as a "gentleman's" game and one for the high rollers. With dealers dressed in full tuxedos and tables often roped off or physically separated from other gaming tables, the impression most people have is of a game somehow reserved for a more sophisticated crowd. In actuality both high rollers and more reserved gamblers can play. In fact, this is a game that should attract the masses. In baccarat the casinos have a low advantage over players—approximately...

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