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Today Virginia is one of the US’ fastest developing and happening states in the field of gambling. History of gambling in Virginia is very old and interesting; with the 1860s came the great mining excitement of the fabled Comstock Lode in Nevada because of which most of the gambling activity in the Comstock was centered in Virginia City and nearby satellite communities. As in San Francisco, gambling houses dominated the main streets of the new towns. At the height of the boom an agent of the U.S. Geological Survey, studying recreational opportunities in Virginia City, found that the town of 18,000 had a gambling house for every 150 inhabitants. The best known of the many resorts in Virginia City was the Gentry and Crittenden Gambling Saloon, which featured a no-limit faro table, presided over by the famous dealer Hamilton Baker. Other houses of notable popularity in the Virginia gambling circuit were Tom Peasley's Sazarac, the Delta Saloon, owned and operated by Jim Orndorff and Jack Magee and Tom Buckner's Sawdust Corner. Other prominent gamblers of Virginia City in its heyday were James "Kettle Belly" Brown, Matt Redding, Jesse Bright, Gus Botto, Billy Dormer, Tom Diamond, Miles Goodman, Joe Dixon, Ramon Montenegro, Grant Isrial and Joe Stewart.

Virginia has 5 world known casinos where gaming continues non stop round the clock. One of the clubs opens on Weekdays 11am- 5pm, weekends 11am- 6pm and is closed in January and February. This casino features 39 slots that include 4 Dollar slot machines, 18 Nickel slots machines and 17 Quarter slots machines and has a restaurant and also includes an arcade and a gift shop. Similarly, one another casino opens daily 8am – 10pm. This is a 2500 square feet casino that features 50 slots including 5 Dollar slot machines, 20 Nickel Slots machines and 25 Quarter Slots machines; it also has a gift shop built in its premises. The third saloon is a gamers dream, its built in a sprawling 5800 square feet floor space, this casino is open round the year 24 hours a day and features 135 slots that include various games like betty boop’s big hits, dime slots, dollar slots, wheel of fortune progressive slots and what not. Moreover, this Casino also features an incredible restaurant. The other casino in Virginia which is also open round the clock, round the year features 71 slots, the 71 slot machines includes 3 Dollar slot machines, 6 Nickel Slots machines and 9 Quarter Slots machines and 53 multi denomination slot machines. This Casino also features an incredible restaurant in its premises. The fifth famous club of Virginia is open daily 10am – 9pm and it features 15 slots.

Gambling in Virginia has also gone online, live poker games offered online includes Texas hold'em, Omaha high, Omaha hi/lo, 7 Card stud, 7 Card stud hi/lo and tournaments, seeing the popularity of the established gambling houses an immense rise has been noted in video gambling parlors and therefore there is an immediate need that such businesses be forced to apply for a special use permit, which would require a public hearing. It was also suggested by people’s representatives that a certain amount of distance be required between such establishments.

Also, it has to be noted here that Virginia has one of the very strict and ideal law regarding prevention of illegal gambling, article 18 provides for penalty for illegal gambling and winning by fraud and penalty for illegal possession of gambling device. Article. 10 of the Act provides for penalty and seizure on keeping or exhibiting gaming table, machine, or device; forfeiture of money used in such gaming. The Act also provides for penalty in Lotteries or raffles; Article 61 of the Act says that all laws for suppressing gaming, lotteries and unchartered banks shall be construed as remedial.

Also, Virginia has a gambling museum timing of which are 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during October to March; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during April to September. Its description features include more than half-a-million dollars worth of gaming memorabilia, including over 100 antique slot machines, cheating devices and gamblers' weapons.

The typical games played in the Virginia Gambling houses are Blackjack, Poker, Slots and what not. Talking about the Blackjack, an analysis of average Blackjack playing conditions at various casinos show that average penetration has deteriorated on the six-deck games in the high-roller pit with standard 1.5 cutoffs with penetration that varies but is consistently more than 75 percent.

The magnificent world of Slots, they can be played here in Virginia casinos in every denomination — from 5-cents to 500 dollars, it includes million dollar collection slots that facilitates million dollar connection progressive slots that have progressive jackpots beginning at $1 million. Also, casinos in Virginia offer fortune dome slots also. Poker is also one of the most enjoyed and finest games in Virginia City. The Poker Clubs here have a full-service, state-of-the-art simulcast facility, featuring 43 poker tables, and comfortable race areas. It should also be noted that Poker cardholders could earn comp dollars, ranging from 50 cents to $2 an hour. Poker comps are now accepted for 50% of the face value at different casinos in Virginia.

Having discussed about History of gambling in Virginia, various casinos and facilities of slots and other facilities provided by them, various laws prevalent in the city regarding gambling, gambling museum, on-line gambling provided by Virginia and different games such as Blackjack, Poker and Slot in the city, it can be concluded that the future of gambling in Virginia is very bright, not only because of the fact that development of gambling, casinos etc. is at a very fast pace but also because all gambling clubs, activities etc. are regulated and maintained by proper law and prevention of illegal gambling is also provided for in the city for which other places strive for but are mostly unable to cope up with the situation. Hence, it is right to say that gambling would forever continue in Virginia.

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