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Gaming History - Week of May 09, 2021
May 9th
2021 - Sunday

1994 - Tunica, MS.   Treasure Bay Casino opens.

2006 - Las Vegas, NV.   Boardwalk became a public corporation (Boardwalk Casino, Inc.) in 1994. The carnival facade was built the following year and a 15-floor, 451-room tower was finished in 1996. It was later acquired by Mirage Resorts in 1997. When MGM took ownership in 2000, the Holiday Inn name was dropped.The hotel and casino closed on January 9, 2006, and the main hotel tower was imploded on May 9, 2006. The property is now the location of CityCenter.
Link to: Boardwalk Implosion

May 10th
2021 - Monday

1962 - Reno, NV.   The United Club Room, 27 East Douglas Alley, was licensed for slots, blackjack and poker. It operated until October 21, 1964.

May 11th
2021 - Tuesday

1935 - Las Vegas, NV.   Frontier Club opens at 117 East Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas.

May 12th
2021 - Wednesday

1999 -   Charles Mapes, a long time Reno casino owner, died in a San Diego hospital.

May 13th
2021 - Thursday

1953 - Reno, NV.   The Willows opened on South Virginia Street, 1.3 miles south of Gentry Way. It was a restaurant that offered craps and 21 until May of 1956.

2009 - Las Vegas, NV.   Claudine Williams, who bought her first casino before she was 21 and who in Las Vegas proved that women could stand up to men in the corporate world of gaming, died today after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

Williams may best be known as the long-serving chairwoman of Harrah's, the successor of the Holiday Casino that she and her husband, Shelby, opened in 1973. Williams was the first woman to be enshrined in the Nevada Gaming Hall of Fame.

May 14th
2021 - Friday

1993 - Gulfport.   Grand Casino opens.

1995 - Biloxi, MS.   Gold Shore casino closes.

May 15th
2021 - Saturday

1905 - Las Vegas, NV.   San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad auctions lots in the new Las Vegas townsite.

1911 - Illinois.   Pick Hobson, a well-known person in the Reno gambling industry, was born. Hobson was a dealer and pit boss at the Palace Club in Reno, early in his gaming career. He owned and/or operated games at the Columbo Club, Pick's Club, Frontier Club, Overland Hotel, Cosmo Club, Gold Club (Sparks), Topaz Lodge, and Riverside Hotel in a career that lasted more than 50 years. .

1931 - Reno, NV.   Pastime Club, which had operated at 116 East Commercial Row since 1929, added blackjack and poker. Craps and pan games were added later. In June of 1944, the club moved to 246 Sierra Street.

1984 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Harrah's at Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, as a joint venture between the Trump Organization and Holiday Inn subsidiary Harrah's. Trump built the complex and it was managed by Harrah's and contained 614 rooms, seven restaurants, a health club, a 750-seat showroom and a 60,000 sq.ft. casino all on a narrow 2.6-acre plot of land next to Caesars Atlantic City. Within five months, the Harrah's name was removed from the casino and it became known only as Trump Plaza Part of the reason for this is that Harrah's was commonly associated and attracted low-rolling gamblers, but Trump had built 85 high-roller suites, which were rarely used. Revenue for the seven months it was open in 1984 the casino was placed seventh out of the ten casinos operating in the city at the time, which led to Trump taking over the entire casino from Harrah's. In 1989, the East Tower of the complex was opened, expanding the resort to a total of 906 rooms.
Link to: Trump Plaza Wikipedia

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