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Gaming History - Week of April 15, 2018
April 15th
2018 - Sunday

1938 - Reno, NV.   Leon & Eddie's opened at 12 East Second Street, which had been Louie's Rendevous. Leon Harbert and Ed Harris operated the property until April of 1938 when Leon Harbert left the partnership. There were several management and ownership changes over the years, and in the 1970's the Club Cal-Neva purchased the property for expansion.

1942 - Las Vegas, NV.   Pioneer Club opens at 25 East Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas.
The top picture is before Vegas Vic, the famous neon cowboy, was mounted on the Pioneer Club

1996 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Trump World's Fair at Trump Plaza was a hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey that occupied 280 feet of the Atlantic City boardwalk and was 21 floors in height. It had 500 guest rooms. It opened on April 14, 1981 as the Playboy Hotel and Casino, then changed its name in 1984 to Atlantis Hotel and Casino.
Link to: Trump World Fair Wikipedia

April 16th
2018 - Monday

1963 - Reno, NV.   Swede's, a restaurant and bar at 333 East Second Street, was licensed for six slot machines. A few months later, 21 was added. The club closed in February of 1965.

April 18th
2018 - Wednesday

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
2018 - Thursday

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
2018 - Friday (TODAY)

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

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