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Gaming History - Week of March 26, 2023
March 26th
2023 - Sunday

1931 - Reno, NV.   The Owl Club, at 142 East Commercial Row, was the first casino in Reno to be licensed, when gambling was legalized in 1931. .

March 28th
2023 - Tuesday

2018 - London, England.   Closed.
Link to: Clermont Club Wikipedia

March 30th
2023 - Thursday (TODAY)

1931 - Reno, NV.   Bank Club was licensed at 239 North Center St., Reno, after many years of illegal gaming.

1931 - Reno, NV.   Owl Club at 143 East Commercial, Reno, received the first gambling license issued in Reno, when gambling was legalized in 1931.

1945 - Las Vegas, NV.   Monte Carlo Club opens at 15 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas, the former location of the Northern Club.

1962 - Reno Nevada.   Club Cal Neva is one of the most historic casinos in Northern Nevada, having held its presence in Downtown Reno through all of its monumental changes over the years. Club Cal Neva originally opened on March 30, 1962, as a club held by the gaming magnates of the time. It has avoided closure by changing hands and expanding into the sports betting industry. Its sportsbook is now one of the most profitable in the state and racks in millions per year via satellite participants. The Club Cal Neva is by no means a large casino but has expanded over the years.
Link to: Club Cal Neva Website   Link to: Club Cal Neva Wikpedia

1987 - Atlantic City, NJ.   On March 30, 1987, the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center opened with a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) casino and a 60-lane bowling alley, The complex was built on land leased from Resorts International, just north of the under-construction Resorts Taj Mahal. The grand opening ceremony featured Bob Hope and Al Hirt.The Showboat opened the city's first racebook in 1993, following the legalization in 1990 of casino simulcast wagering.
Link to: The Showboat Wikipedia

March 31st
2023 - Friday

1932 - Las Vegas, NV.   Tango Parlor opens at 123 South Main Street, downtown Las Vegas, closes after 5 months.

1932 - Reno, NV.   The Ship and Bottle Club opened at 222 North Center Street. The club was popular with celebreties and socialites who were in town to get divorced. After several changes in ownership, the club closed in late 1940. Early in 1941 the property reopened as the 222 Club.

1966 - Las Vegas Nevada.   The Aladdin opened on March 31, 1966, with flower petals pouring from the ceiling and onto guests as they entered the hall. The opening entertainment included comedian Jackie Mason, the "Jet Set Revue", a musical review that showcased The Three Cheers and the Petite Rockette Dancers in the Baghdad Theatre. Milton Prell introduced an innovative main showroom policy by offering three completely different shows twice nightly with no cover or minimum charges. The Aladdin opened on March 31, 1966, with flower petals pouring from the ceiling and onto guests as they entered the hall. The opening entertainment included comedian Jackie Mason, the "Jet Set Revue", a musical review that showcased The Three Cheers and the Petite Rockette Dancers in the Baghdad Theatre. Prell introduced an innovative[citation needed] main showroom policy by offering three completely different shows twice nightly with no cover or minimum charges. A little more than a year after it was opened, the Aladdin was host to Elvis and Priscilla.
Link to: The Aladdin Wikipedia
Aladdin logo

1995 - Reno, NV.   Harold's Club closed, ending the jobs of the last 69 employees. When the sale was announced in December, 1994, there were over 400 employees.
Link to: Harolds Club Wikipedia

2017 - Pittsburg, Kansas.   Casino Grand Opening.
Link to: Kansas Crossing Casino Website

Month of April Events
1931 - Reno, NV.   The Rex Club, 16-18 East Douglas Alley, received one of the earliest gaming licenses issued in Reno, when gambling was legalized. In April of 1941, under new management, the name was changed to the 333 Club. .

1931 - Reno, NV.   The Waldorf Club originally opened in 1910. In 1929 it moved to 142 North Virginia Street, where it was licensed, in April of 1931, for 5 slot machines. Various table games were added to the license over the next months. Through various owners and license holders, the Waldorf operated until November 29, 1956. In 1957 and 1958 The Waldorf opened with slot machines only, then closed again; it opened without gaming, then closed once more. In 1959 it opened one more time, as a bar and restaurant without gaming. It remained open until July 28, 1979.
an ad from January, 1956

1946 - Reno, NV.   Robbin's Nevada Club opened at 224 North Virginia Street. It started as a penny roulette parlor; a few months later 21, slots and craps were added. A year after they opened, a bingo game was added. In 1945 the Robbins brothers took in some partners, including Lincoln Fitzgerald and Mert Wertheimer, and the name was changed to the Nevada Club. Closed in December 1997.

1950 - Reno, NV.   The Sierra Turf Club opened, as a race book, at 14 East Commercial Row, with another entrance off of Douglas Alley. It closed in June, 1967.
an ad from May, 1954

1960 - Reno, NV.   Pick Hobson was licensed to operate a full casino at the Overland Hotel. The hotel, built in 1916, was purchased by Pick Hobson in 1959. He remodeled and upgraded the hotel, and used the ground floor as a casino. The Overland closed on April 1, 1977 and was demolished in the following months.

1971 - Reno, NV.   Holiday Spa was licensed for slots, craps, 21, bingo and poker from April of 1971 until November of 1978.

1972 - Reno, NV.   The Pioneer Inn, operating at 221 South Virginia Street as a hotel only since 1968, added 65 slot machines. In 1974 table games were added. .

April 1st
2023 - Saturday

1931 - Las Vegas, NV.   Original Las Vegas Club opens at 21-23 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. The current Las Vegas Club is located on the opposite side of the street.

1931 - Las Vegas, NV.   Boulder Club opens at 118 Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas.

1931 - Las Vegas, NV.   Exchange Club opens at 123 South 1st Street, downtown Las Vegas.

1931 - Reno, NV.   Brunswick Club opened at 227 North Center St., Reno.

1936 - Reno, NV.   The Wander Inn was licensed for 21 at 220 North Virginia Street, where it operated until May of 1937. Later the Frontier Club was at this location.

1944 - Reno, NV.   The Reno Casino opened at 14-16 East Commercial Row, with three 21 games, two craps games, roulette, chuck-a-luck and 21 slot machines. The property was sold in October of 1947 and reopened as the Rolo Casino.

1953 - Las Vegas, NV.   Little Casino opens, 110 North 1st Street, downtown Las Vegas.

1971 - Las Vegas, NV.   A casino and hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, an unincorporated area of Clark County in the U.S. state of Nevada. The Westward Ho was the last large motel style property on the Strip. It was a two-story building with parking surrounding the buildings.The casino had a large number of slot machines and a gaming pit with live dealers. The games included blackjack, roulette, craps, and Let It Ride.
Link to: Westward Ho Wikipedia

1972 - Las Vegas, NV.   Sinabar Casino opens, 111 E. Ogden Ave., Las Vegas.

1977 - Las Vegas, NV.   Rendezvous Hotel & Casino opens at 400 East Ogden, closes 9 months later becoming the Big Nickel.

1979 - Sunrise Manor Nevada.   Sam's Town Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located in Sunrise Manor, Nevada on the corner of Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway. It is one of the casinos owned and operated by Boyd Gaming. It is built on 13 acres (5.3 ha) and it includes two RV parks. One of the unique features of this hotel is "Mystic Falls", a large glass-roofed atrium with tall live trees, cobblestone paths, and a rock waterfall in the center where a laser show is performed daily at different times. It was the host hotel for the Sam's Town 300, a NASCAR race sponsored by Sam's Town. It was also the Las Vegas host hotel for the Silver State Classic Challenge race.
Link to: Sams Town Website   Link to: Sams Town Wikipedia

1981 - Las Vegas, NV.   Las Vegas Inn opens at 1501 West Sahara Ave.

1981 - Reno, NV.   Mr. C's opened in the Sands Plaza, at the Corner of Arlington Avenue and Third Street. .

1991 - Davenport, Iowa.   President riverboat casino opens. .

1993 - Henderson Nevada.   The Jokers Wild Casino is a 23,500 sq ft (2,180 m2) locals casino located in Henderson, Nevada. It is one of the casinos owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation. It originally opened in 1990 as the Cattle Baron Casino, and closed in 1993. It was reopened on April 1, 1993 as the Jokers Wild Casino.
Link to: Jokers Wild Website

2019 - Nisku, Alberta, Canada.   Slots only Racino opens. .

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