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Gaming History - Week of October 21, 2018
October 21st
2018 - Sunday

1985 - Reno, NV.   Harold Smith, Sr., one of the founders of Harold's Club, died at his home in Reno.
Link to: Harold Smith Sr Article   Link to: The Rise and Fall of Harold's Club (YouTube)

1991 - Las Vegas Nevada.   Planet Hollywood International, Inc. is a theme restaurant inspired by the popular portrayal of Hollywood and was launched in New York on October 22, 1991.
Link to: Planet Hollywood Website   Link to: Planet Hollywood Wikipedia

October 23rd
2018 - Tuesday

2000 - Belterra, IN.   Belterra casino opens.

2001 - Las Vegas, NV.   Desert Inn Augusta Tower imploded on October 23,2001.
Link to: Desert Inn Augusta Tower Implosion

2013 - Las Vegas Nevada.   The new Downtown Grand opened on October 27, 2013. It is a boutique hotel and casino with 25,000 square feet of casino space, 629 newly remodeled hotel rooms, 9 bars & restaurants and a 35,000 square foot urban rooftop pool retreat called Citrus.
Link to: The Downtown Grand Website   Link to: Downtown Grand Wikipedia

October 24th
2018 - Wednesday

2005 - Baton Rouge, LA.   Argosy casino becomes Belle of Baton Rouge.

2009 - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.   Sosua Bay Grand Casino opens.

October 25th
2018 - Thursday

1956 - Reno, NV.   Horseshoe Casino opened at 229 North Virginia Street. It operated almost continuously until September of 1995 under a variety of owners, including Bob Cashell. .
$25 Chip

October 26th
2018 - Friday

1943 - Reno, NV.   The South Virginia Bar at 1695 South Virginia Street, was licensed for 21 until March of 1949.

1950 - Reno, NV.   Howard McMullin is licensed to open Mac's Club, at 2400 South Virginia Street. In 1951 the license was revoked when it was determined that a 21 game was being run improperly. McMullen was licensed again in 1952. In 1959 the business was leased to Howard Jarrard, who named the club Jarrard's. In November of 1960 the Control Board closed Jarrard's, stating that a 21 game was being dealt improperlly. McMullen then reopened the property as Mac's. Mac's Club closed in November of 1963, when the lease expired.
an ad from July, 1954 $5 Chip

1993 - Las Vegas, NV.   Treasure Island Hotel & Casino (also known as "TI") is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA with 2,664 rooms and 220 suites, and is connected by tram to The Mirage as well as pedestrian bridge to the Fashion Show Mall shopping center. Since March 2009, TI is owned and operated by real estate investor Phil Ruffin. The hotel received the AAA Four Diamond rating each year from 1999 through 2013.
Link to: Treasure Island Website   Link to: Treasure Island Wikipedia

2005 - Shreveport, LA.   Hollywood casino becomes the Eldorado Casino.

October 27th
2018 - Saturday

1944 - Reno, NV.   La Fiesta opened at 222 North Center Street, former location of the 222 Club. The club had Latin-American decor and entertainment, and provided slots, 21 and craps. In 1947 La Fiesta was sold and closed, then once again opened as the 222 Club.

1993 - Las Vegas, NV.   The 15-year-old South Tower was demolished 9 months later in July 1994, with no fanfare and minimal media attention. The demolition also held symbolic significance for the city. Many long-time residents knew the Dunes was controlled by the mafia, having been first built with money from it and the mob-controlled pension funds of the Teamsters and Pipefitters unions. The demolition signaled the end of significant mafia control and influence in Las Vegas. For many years, the hotel was owned by Major Riddle from the "Chicago Outfit" and later sold in part to Morris Shenker, an "attorney associated with the St. Louis Mafia, Meyer Lansky, Jimmy Hoffa, and Frank Foster, owner of Athony Alarm". Riddle and Shenker later became a target of the Organized Crime Strike Force in St. Louis. In The Showroom for 2 years, Johnny Elvis Foster starred in his Elvis show For The Love Of Elvis. Morris Shenker was Johnny Elvis Foster's godfather. Johnny was the first Elvis impersonator before Elvis died, on the strip.
Link to: The Dunes Implosion   Link to: The Dunes Wikipedia

2012 - Las Vegas Nevada.   The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, features signs from old casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on over 6 acres. The museum features a restored lobby shell from the defunct La Concha Motel as its visitor center, which officially opened on October 27, 2012.For many years, the Young Electric Sign Company stored many of these old signs in their "boneyard." The signs were slowly being destroyed by exposure to the elements. The museum is slowly restoring the signs and placing them around the Fremont Street Experience.The signs are considered by Las Vegas locals, business owners, and government organizations to be not only artistically, but also historically significant to the culture of the city. Each of the restored signs in the collection holds a story about who created it and why it is important.
Link to: The Neon Museum Website   Link to: The Neon Museum Wikipedia

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