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Gaming History - Week of September 01, 2019
September 1st
2019 - Sunday

1950 - Las Vegas Nevada.   Opened in September 1950, the casino was built on the grounds of the Last Frontier Village of the Hotel Last Frontier, and was originally named the Golden Slipper Saloon and Gambling Hall. The owner originally wanted to call it the Silver Slipper, but there already was an existing establishment with that name. The problem was solved when that small operation was purchased and closed, and the Golden Slipper became the Silver Slipper. The casino was known for its rotating slipper that sat atop the casino.In April 1964, the casino became the first in Nevada to be shut down on cheating charges. Agents raided the Silver Slipper for using "flat" dice and for having other rigged games.
Link to: Silver Slipper Wikipedia
Silver Slipper 1950's

1955 - Las Vegas, NV.   Matty's Tropics opens at 3337 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip, closes the next year .

1956 - Reno, NV.   The Sourdough Club, at 8 West Commercial Row, was licensed for poker. It closed in June of 1957.

1987 - Las Vegas, NV.   Park Hotel & Casino opens at 300 N. Main Street, downtown Las Vegas - was Holiday International, becomes Main Street Station.

1998 - Palm Beach, Aruba.   The Excelsior Casino in the Holiday Inn SunSpree Aruba Resort opens. It was previously the Grand Holiday Casino.

2018 - Tiverton, Rhode Island.   Casino grand opening.

September 2nd
2019 - Monday

1911 - South Pasedena California.   William Fisk Harrah September 2, 1911 was an American businessman and the founder of Harrah's Hotel and Casinos.Harrah was very influential in how the gaming industry operated in Nevada. He used his influence to create the Nevada Gaming Control Board in 1955, an organization used to regulate gaming in Nevada. In 1959, Harrah created an even stronger Gaming Commission to regulate the casinos in Nevada with the intent of ridding them of corruption and crime. Harrah was known for his relations with both his customers and employees. He was the first to invite African-American entertainers to perform in his casinos and welcome all races.[citation needed] He removed the color and sexual barrier by hiring women as dealers as well as other employees regardless of skin color or gender.[citation needed] The main theater in Harrah's Reno was named Sammy's Showroom after entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (whose Duesenberg replica now resides in the museum that bears Mr. Harrah's name).
Link to: William F Harrahs Wikipedia   Link to: The Harrahs Car Collection Video
William F Harrah

1948 - Las Vegas Nevada.   On September 2, 1948, the Thunderbird Hotel was the fourth resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort was built by developer Marion Hicks and owned by Lieutenant Governor of Nevada Clifford A. Jones. The resort had a Native American theme and featured portraits, a Navajo-based restaurant, the only bowling alley ever on the Strip, and a showroom. In 1955, articles surfaced in the Las Vegas Sun saying that Meyer Lansky and other underworld figures held hidden shares in the hotel. .
Link to: The Thunderbird Wikipedia

1994 - N. Kansas City, MO.   Harrah's casino opens.

2014 - Atlantic City NJ.   The hotel, resort, and casino closed permanently on September 2, 2014. Revel Hotel and Casino was the third Atlantic City casino to close in 2014, after Showboat Hotel Casino closed on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm—following the Atlantic Club Hotel Casino. The hotel was closed on September 1, 2014 at 11:00 am and the casino was closed the next day at 6:00 am. All reservations after September 1 were canceled and room deposits were automatically refunded. All Revel guests (self and/or valet) were required to remove their parked cars from the facility by 9:00 am on September 2. Revel Group, LLC; which owns the Revel brand, notified Revel Atlantic City, that it would terminate its leasing agreement with Revel. The withdraw of the Revel brand included the quality of the property to its closure.
Link to: Revel Wikipedia

September 3rd
2019 - Tuesday

1954 - Las Vegas Nevada.   The Castaways Hotel and Casino, formerly the Showboat Hotel and Casino was a hotel and casino located at the north end of the Boulder Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel consisted of a 19 story tower containing 445 rooms, a 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) casino and an adjacent RV park.The Showboat was built by William J. Moore of the Last Frontier and J. Kell Houssels of the Las Vegas Club for $2 million.The first resort within Las Vegas city limits, it had 100 rooms on two floors. While Moore and Houssels ran the hotel, the casino was leased by a group of managers from the Desert Inn, including Moe Dalitz. The Showboat opened on September 3, 1954. After several unsuccessful years, Joe Kelley took over management, and began successfully targeting local customers with forty-nine cent breakfast specials and other promotions.
Link to: Showboat Wikipedia

September 4th
2019 - Wednesday

1970 - Las Vegas, NV.   Coin Castle Casino opens at 15 East Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas - was the Northern Club and the Monte Carlo, later will be La Bayou.

2002 - Robinsonville, MS.   Isle of Capri casino closes.

September 5th
2019 - Thursday

1977 - Reno, NV.   The Onslow Hotel opened at 133 North Virginia Street. The hotel boasted 182 hotel rooms, a supper club for dining and dancing, banquet and convention areas. The Onslow closed on September 30, 1989. The property remained idle until the Riverboat Hotel Casino opened there from 1993-1998.

September 6th
2019 - Friday

1905 - St Louis Missouri.   Milton Prell (September 6, 1905 – June 2, 1974) was a hotel owner and developer most notable for his projects in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, as a young man he moved to Los Angeles, California. He was good friends with Colonel Tom Parker, best known as the manager of Elvis Presley. Elvis married Priscilla in Prell's apartment at the Aladdin Hotel in a private wedding shielded from the media. Prell was married to Devorah Zion on July 9, 1945; they had one child, Sheila Prell (Sonenshine).
Link to: Milton Prell Wikipedia
Milton Prell

1950 - Las Vegas, NV.   Golden Slipper Casino opens, Las Vegas Strip - closes in 3 months, becomes Silver Slipper .

1972 - Las Vegas, NV.   Money Tree Casino opens at 2456 Las Vegas Blvd. south, Las Vegas Strip.

September 7th
2019 - Saturday

1956 - Reno, NV.   Old Cathay Club opened at 222 Lake Street, catering to Asian customers. The club closed after less than eight months, when the owners license was revoked for improper operations.

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