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Gaming History - Week of April 18, 2021
April 18th
2021 - Sunday

1955 - Reno, NV.   The Tux Club, at 1303 East Fourth Street, was licensed for 21, craps and slot machines. The Tux closed in March of 1964; later the Copper Club opened on the site.

1981 - Reno, NV.   Gambling pioneer Lincoln Fitzgerald died in a Reno hospital, at 88 years old.
Meta and Lincoln "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Christmas 1953

1997 - E. Chicago, IN.   Showboat casino opens.

2006 - Las Vegas Nevada .   Red Rock Resort is a hotel and casino. It is owned and operated by Station Casinos on 70 acres located in Downtown Summerlin in the village of Summerlin Centre in Summerlin, Nevada. Located on Charleston Boulevard, at the interchange of Clark County 215, and some distance from the Las Vegas Strip, the resort is known as a locals casino. It is the flagship property of Station Casinos and the company's corporate headquarters is located on property.The resort includes a 198 ft hotel tower with 815 rooms, spa, 94,000 sq ft of meeting space, slot machines, table games, a 16 screen Regal Cinemas movie theater, a bingo hall, a 3 acres pool area, a bowling alley as well as eleven restaurants. The tower is the second tallest in Summerlin after One Queensridge Place.
Link to: Red Rock Resort Wikipedia   Link to: Red Rock Resort Website

April 19th
2021 - Monday

1955 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Royal Nevada was the previous hotel on part of the Stardust site.The Royal Nevada opened north of the New Frontier on April 19, 1955, as the Showplace of Showtown, U.S.A. The resort's crowning glory was the crown that sat on top of the resort. The night before the opening, "atomic soldiers" were treated to a pre-opening party. The Royal Nevada was plagued with financial problems from the start. While this resort seemed to "disappear completely", swallowed in 1959 by the Stardust and becoming the Stardust's Convention Center, portions of the two-story bungalow style Royal Nevada wing and pool remained in use up until 2006.
Link to: The Royal Nevada Wikipedia

April 20th
2021 - Tuesday

1954 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Patio opens at 3201 South 5th Street, on the Las Vegas Strip - closes in 5 months.

1955 - Las Vegas, NV.   The casino was first proposed by Detroit mobster William Bischoff as the Casa Blanca, and received a gaming license in 1952. Bischoff later withdrew from the project, which was taken over by Miami businessman Samuel Cohen. By March 1955, Cohen, identified as a member of Miami's S & G gambling syndicate, was no longer part of the investment group, though rumors persisted that he secretly maintained an involvement. Marx Brothers Harpo and Gummo held minority interests at the opening.The Riviera opened on April 20, 1955 as the first high-rise and the ninth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Liberace cut the opening ribbon, and became the first resident performer. The Riviera is one of the oldest and most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas Valley. The Riviera also broke new ground in its design: previously, Strip resorts resembled roadside motor courts.The opening of the Riviera, along with The Dunes and the Royal Nevada casino resorts within a month were the subject of a famous issue of Life magazine.
Link to: The Riviera Wikipedia
The Riviera in 1969

2016 - Las Vegas Nevada.   Havana, Cuba, served as a virtual haven for organized crime in the 1950s. After former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista staged a bloodless military coup to resume the presidency in 1952, he solicited large bribes from top American hoodlums who would spend hundreds of millions to develop hotel-casinos and lavish nightclubs in Havana with the full support of Batista's corrupt government. The Havana Mob, including Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Santos Trafficante and Albert Anastasia, operated freely in the city until New Year's Day 1959 when Fidel Castro's leftist rebels suddenly overthrew Batista, seized the Mob's properties and closed its casinos.
Link to: The Mob Mueseum

April 22nd
2021 - Thursday (TODAY)

1944 - Reno, NV.   Bonanza Club opened at 207 North Center St., Reno.

April 23rd
2021 - Friday

1910 - Enid Oklahoma.   Samuel A. "Sam" Boyd (April 23, 1910 January 15, 1993) was an American businessman and casino manager and developer. Boyd is noted for introducing successful marketing, gaming, and entertainment innovations into the casino gaming industry, as well as building one of the largest and most successful casino empires in the world.Born in Enid, Oklahoma, Boyd began his career in the gaming industry in 1928, when he ran bingo games on a gambling ship offshore Long Beach, California. Just prior to the United States entering World War II in 1941, Boyd moved to Las Vegas, Nevada with only $30 on hand. Sam Boyd was able to quickly make his way up through the gaming industry by initially working as a dealer. He later went on to hold a variety of jobs in the industry, moving between Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California before moving back to Las Vegas. Having saved up a substantial amount of cash, in 1952 Boyd invested $10,000 to become an owner-partner at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. .
Link to: Sam Boyd Wikipedia
Sam Boyd

1964 - Reno, NV.   Golden Gulch Casino (Hickok's), located at 34 East Second Street in Reno, is licensed for slots, chuck-a-luck and wheel of fortune.

April 24th
2021 - Saturday

1946 - Las Vegas, NV.   Indian Village Casino opens on Las Vegas Strip.

1950 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Desert Inn, also known as the D.I., was a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, which operated from April 24, 1950, to August 28, 2000. Designed by New York architect Jac Lessman, it was the fifth resort to open on the Strip. It was situated between Desert Inn Road and Sands Avenue.The Desert Inn opened with 300 rooms and the Sky Room restaurant, headed by a chef formerly of the Ritz Paris, which once had the highest vantage point on the Las Vegas Strip. The casino, at 2,400 square feet was one of the largest in Nevada at the time. The 9-story St. Andrews Tower was completed during the first renovation in 1963, and the 14-story Augusta Tower became the Desert Inn's main tower when it was completed in 1978 along with the seven-story Wimbledon Tower. The Palms Tower was completed in 1997 with the second and final renovation. The Desert Inn was the first hotel in Las Vegas to feature a fountain at the entrance. .
Link to: The Desert Inn Wikipedia
The Dessert Inn In 1973

1974 - Las Vegas, NV.   Royal Las Vegas Hotel & Casino opens at 99 Convention Center Drive.

1994 - Tunica, MS.   Lady Luck Casino closes.

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