Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 5:03:42 PM
The opening of a new 22-story, glass-walled hotel has Blue Chip Casino hoping for bigger crowds of gamblers than it has seen since a nearby Michigan casino opened more than a year ago.
The casino plans a grand opening for its new $130 million hotel on Thursday in its most-visible effort to compete with the Four Winds Casino Resort that opened about 10 miles away in August 2007 and the new $485 million gambling barge at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond that opened last summer.
The Blue Chip hotel, designed in shades of blue to mimic nearby Lake Michigan, towers over the surrounding landscape and includes the 15,000-square-foot Stardust event center, the 10,000-square foot Spa Blu and new bars and restaurants.
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Gambling Factoid #26: The name 'pai gow' is loosely translated as 'makes nine' or 'card nine' and has been played in China since the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.). Pai gow is played with a set of tiles; pai gow poker is loosely based on the original game.
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