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The reemergence of riverboat casinos is no accident. During the late 1980s and early 1990s government leaders from several states came to realize what
Nevada citizens have known all along: gaming is a good tax revenue business. The passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act also opened people’s minds to the possibility of economic growth through gaming activities. Originally, riverboat gambling was the staple of large paddlewheelers and steamships cruising up and down the Mississippi River. At their height during the 1800s, such riverboats not only provided an elegant travel means, but plenty of entertainment by virtue of the shipboard gambling parlors. Fanciful ships plied the muddy waters as genteel passengers bet fortunes on games of chance. But after years of abuse by con artists and card cheaters who were also on board (and the nation as a whole rejecting gambling a legal activity), riverboat travel declined. Also, as other modes of transportation, such as trains and automobiles, became more efficient, riverboats fell out of favor with the upper-crust crowd. By the early 1900s gambling on riverboats had completely stopped, not to begin again until almost ninety years later.
With gambling back on board, riverboat activity is churning up the financial waters of communities all across the country. Today, there are over fifty-five riverboat companies in six states offering casino gaming facilities. Each employs an average of 800 people. It is estimated that this segment of the gaming industry alone generates $3.2 billion in revenues. But look for that number to increase significantly in the next few years as Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and New York consider legislation permitting gambling aboard their riverboats. Additional states may soon follow suit as well.
Gambling at online casinos is not legal in all countries and locations. It is important that you check your local laws and regulations prior to gambling at these casinos.
LAND VS. SHIP CASINOS
So, what exactly are the differences between casinos that operate on water and those on land? For the customer few differences exist. Once on board or
underway, TOGEL HARI INI gamblers get down to the business at hand—playing the table games and working the slot machines, looking for that lucky break. Most report they don’t recognize any differences after becoming acquainted with the ship’s layout and house rules. And to be sure, shipboard casinos rarely have a shortage of lavish surroundings, colorful lights, and most importantly, action.
Depending on the local laws and gaming regulations, so-called riverboat casinos might be no more than permanently moored floating barges. Other casino operations must depart for open water on scheduled runs before customers may begin gambling. Still other states have stipulated the actual design of the boat. For example, in Louisiana riverboats must duplicate the historic paddlewheelers in order to qualify as legal gaming facilities. Betting limits, maximum loss, and payoff amounts may also vary. Often, too, services and amenities, such as floorshows and full-service restaurants, may be on land with the casino portion of the facility technically on water.
As more and more individual communities and states set up the parameters for their own gaming concerns, additional differences can be expected. But not to worry. As an employee, you no doubt will quickly learn all the rules and regulations regarding casino play at your particular place of employment.