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Gaming History - Week of April 25, 2021
 
April 25th
2021 - Sunday

1931 - Reno, NV.   Bank Club in Reno had a Grand Opening. The casino had been operating in the basement since before gambling was legal. After gambling was legalized, they renovated the ground floor and opened a nearly 5000 square foot casino, the largest in the state, at the time. .

2005 - Robinsonville, MS.   Harrah's Mardi Gras closes.

 
April 26th
2021 - Monday

1982 - Las Vegas, NV.   Peppermill Casino opens at 3049 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

2005 - E. Chicago, IN.   Harrah's Showboat Mardi Gras casino becomes Resorts Casino.

2005 - Robinsonville, MS.   Resorts Casino opens.

 
April 27th
2021 - Tuesday

1883 - Rethymnon, Crete.   Nikos "Nick the Greek" Dandolos 1966) was born in Rethymnon, Crete and was a professional gambler and high roller.Dandolos was the son of wealthy parents. He attended the Greek Evangelical College and earned a degree in philosophy. When he was 18 years old his grandfather sent him to the U.S.A. with an allowance of $150 per week. Although Dandolos settled down in Chicago he eventually moved to Montreal where he began gambling on horse races.Dandolos was known throughout his life for winning and losing large sums of money. After winning over $500,000 on horse racing, he moved back to Chicago where he lost it all on card and dice games. He quickly became a master of these games, however, and became a prime attraction at casinos when he would play in them. .
Link to: Nick "The Greek" Dandolos Wikipedia
Nick The "Greek" Dandolos

1998 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Aladdin closed on November 25, 1997. NCL/National Content Liquidators conducted an on-site liquidation sale beginning March 5, 1998, and continued until the building was "sold out". On April 27, 1998, the entire resort was imploded at 7:27 pm, except for the Aladdin Theatre to make way for the construction of an entirely new casino. Sommer took on London Clubs International as a partner in developing the new casino resort. LCI initially paid $50 million for a 25% interest, but took on additional equity after Sommer was unable to fund his share of cost overruns on the construction.
Link to: Aladdin implosion   Link to: Aladdin Wikipedia

2002 - Laughlin, NV.   Harrah's casino in Laughlin was the scene of a deadly confrontation between rival biker gangs. It occurred during the 20th annual Laughlin River Run, the largest gathering for motorcycle enthusiasts in the Western United States, with anywhere from 70,000-80,000 participants. The confrontation between the Hell's Angels and their rival, the Mongols, resulted in the deaths of three men. The incident occurred slightly after 2 am in the morning. Roughly 40 members of the Mongols biker gang were partying at Rosa's Cantina, a bar that was within the casino. A group of anywhere from 30 to 40 Hell's Angels entered the casino from the valet parking entrance. Casino security immediately took notice of a possible situation and moved to intercept the Hells Angels members. Shortly after, insults began to be shouted between the rival gang members. This led to a Hells Angel kicking a Mongol in the chest, touching off a massive brawl. The whole thing was caught on surveillance video. It only lasted a minute.

 
April 28th
2021 - Wednesday

1993 - Lake Charles, LA.   Players Island casino opens.

1993 - Biloxi, MS.   Treasure Bay Casino opens.
Treasure Bay Casino after Hurricane Katrina

2005 - Las Vegas Nevada .   Wynn Las Vegas, often simply referred to as Wynn, is a luxury resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The US$2.7-billion resort is named after casino developer Steve Wynn and is the flagship property of Wynn Resorts Limited. The resort covers 215 acres . It is located at the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, directly across The Strip from the Fashion Show Mall.
Link to: The Wynn Website   Link to: The Wynn Wikipedia
$100 Baccarat Chip

2017 - Nassau, Bahamas.   Baha Mar Resort Casino opens.

 
April 29th
2021 - Thursday

1989 - Las Vegas, NV.   Lucky Lucy's Casino opens at 131 North 3rd Street, downtown Las Vegas .

2016 - Las Vegas Nevada.   The Neon Museum officially "opened" with the installation of its first restored sign, the Hacienda Horse and Rider, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. In 2012 the Neon Museum Boneyard opened at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The nearly two-acre campus includes an outdoor exhibition space, known as the Boneyard, which features more than 200 signs, seven of which are restored, a visitors' center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is used for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs. The MoGH has a display case in the Neon Boneyard Gallery with memorabilia from the Golden Nugget casino in Downtown Las Vegas. .
Link to: The Neon Museum Website   Link to: The Neon Museum Wikipedia

 
April 30th
2021 - Friday

1887 - Addison, VT.   Raymond I. Smith, known as Pappy, was born. He operated carnival games and games of chance through the United States. In 1935 he moved to Reno to help his sons, Harold Sr. and Raymond A., manage Harolds Club.

1982 - Las Vegas, NV.   Continental Hotel & Casino opens at 4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas.

1993 - Las Vegas, NV.   First CC & GTCC convention at the Aladdin Hotel.
Link to: CCGTCC Website
The Aladdin

1996 - Las Vegas Nevada .   Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.The property's signature attraction is the 1,149 ft Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, and the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, surpassed only by the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario. It is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River and also the tallest structure in Las Vegas and in the State of Nevada. The hotel is a separate building with 24 stories, 2,427 rooms and an 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) casino. The Stratosphere is owned and operated by American Casino & Entertainment Properties.While the traditional definition of the Strip excludes the Stratosphere, it is often included in travel guides as a Strip attraction. Using this alternate definition, the Stratosphere is the northernmost of the major Strip resorts, and is the only Strip hotel actually located within the City of Las Vegas.
Link to: The Stratosphere Wikipedia   Link to: The Stratosphere Website

 
Month of May Events
1931 - Reno, NV.   The Northern Club opened on the ground floor of the Commercial Hotel, at 207 North Center Street, one of the earliest clubs to open after gambling was legalized in Nevada. It was operated by Felix Turillas, Sr. and John Etchebarren until December of 1940, when they sold the club. It reopened as the Barn, later it was the Bonanza Club and Harrah's Bingo.

1981 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Brighton Casino becomes the Sands Casino.
Link to: The Sands Wikipedia

 
May 1st
2021 - Saturday

1964 - Reno, NV.   Wild Bill Hickok's Golden Gulch opened at 34 East Second Street. .

1974 - Las Vegas, NV.   King 8 Casino opens at 3330 West Tropicana Road, Las Vegas.

1975 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Marina Hotel and Casino, located at 3805 Las Vegas Boulevard, opened in 1975 as a 714-room hotel and casino. In 1989, Kirk Kerkorian bought the Marina Hotel and the Tropicana Country Club, behind the Marina and across Tropicana Avenue from Tropicana and San Rémo hotels to obtain the site that would become the home of the MGM Grand. As Kerkorian saw the Marina as a stable and solidly built resort, Kerkorian decided not to destroy the hotel, but to build around it. During that time, the Marina was known as the MGM-Marina Hotel. The Marina closed on November 30, 1990, and ground was broken for the new casino-hotel complex on October 7, 1991. The Marina hotel building still exists as the west wing of the main hotel building. .
Link to: The Marina Wikipedia

1975 - Las Vegas, NV.   Silver City opens at 3001 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

1995 - New Orleans, LA.   Harrah's casino opens.

2007 - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.   Casino in the Gran Melia Resorts and Villas opens, was the Paradisus Hotel.


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