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Gaming History - Week of February 25, 2024
February 27th
2024 - Tuesday

2017 - Islandia, NY.   Grand Opening, Casino only has VLTs (Video Lottery Terminal - Slot Machines).
Link to: Jakes 58 Website
Logo Hotel & Casino

February 28th
2024 - Wednesday

1906 - Brooklyn New York.   Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip. Siegel was not only influential within the Jewish mob but, like his friend and fellow gangster Meyer Lansky, he also held significant influence within the Italian-American Mafia and the largely Italian-Jewish National Crime Syndicate.Siegel was one of the founders and leaders of Murder, Incorporated and became a bootlegger during Prohibition. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he turned to gambling. In 1936, he left New York and moved to California. In 1939, Siegel was tried for the murder of fellow mobster Harry Greenberg. Siegel was acquitted in 1942. Siegel traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada where he handled and financed some of the original casinos. .
Link to: Bugsy Siegel Wikipedia
His House

1947 - Reno, NV.   The Stork Club opened at 16 West Second Street. Encountering financial problems, the club closed in 1950.

1974 - Reno, NV.   Gambling began at the Reef Hotel, which had opened in January 1974 at 567 West Fourth Street. Through several ownership changes, the casino operated intermittently until it's license was revoked on March 22, 1979, and the hotel closed. Since then, the property has operated as the Golden Resort Hotel-Casino, the Pearl, Cheers and Howard Johnson's .

Month of March Events
1946 - Reno, NV.   The Merry-Go-Round Bar, at 26 West Second Street, was licensed for slots, craps, 21 and roulette. The bar stools, on a carousel base, could actually revolve around the center part of the bar. The bar operated for 10 years under several owners. On August 1, 1956, the final owner of the bar had his gaming license revoked.

1951 - Reno, NV.   Johnny's Open Door opened at 565 West Moana Lane. Also known as The Open Door, the restaurant with gaming was sold in 1955 and was renamed The Supper Club. It burned down in 1959.

1955 - Reno, NV.   Guy's Rancho Bar, at 140 Airport Road (now Gentry Way) in Reno, was licensed for a 21 game, for six months.

1957 -   Based on an idea from Gene Diullo, keno manager at Harrah's in Reno, Lee Jellison and Fred Howell (both employed by Harrah's) designed and constructed the first keno ball blower.

1975 - Reno, NV.   The Monte Carlo Casino opened at 1010 East Sixth Street, inside the Holiday Inn. The Monte Carlo closed in 1994, replaced by the Diamond Casino.

March 1st
2024 - Friday

1931 - Las Vegas, NV.   Rainbow Club opens, 112-114 S. 1st St., Las Vegas.

1935 - Reno, NV.   Harold's Club opens at 236 North Virginia Street, Reno. It operated until March 31, 1995.
Life Magazine, May 1950

1954 - Reno, NV.   Jim Kelly's Nugget opened at 233 North Virginia Street, former site of the Piccadilly Club. One of the first employees at the Nugget was John Ascuaga, who later went on to open his own Nugget casino, in Sparks. Kelly advertised the "awful awful" sandwich, which was a huge hamburger with lots of fixin' was "awful big and awful good"! Kelly believed that if he could get people to come in and eat or drink, they would stay to gamble...a philosophy that paid off for him. Jim Kelly sold the Nugget in 1990 .

2009 - Henderson, Nevada,.   M Resort Spa Casino is a boutique hotel, spa, and casino in Henderson, Nevada, owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming. It is located on 90 acres at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway (about 8.5 mi south of Mandalay Bay), near the affluent neighborhood of Southern Highlands. The hotel includes a 92,000-square-foot casino and a 390 room boutique hotel. The hotel tower is 118.17 feet (36.02 m) tall.M Resort has received a four-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide every year since its opening, deeming the property "One of the Finest Hotels in the World".
Link to: The M Resort Website   Link to: The M Resort Wikipedia

2018 - Terral, Oklahoma.   Riverstar Casino opens, Terral, Oklahoma.

2018 - Bridgeport, New York.   Point Place Casino opens, Bridgeport, New York.

2019 - Innisfil, Ontario, Canada.   Gateway Innisfil Casino opens, was Georgian Downs Slots.

March 2nd
2024 - Saturday

1966 - Las Vegas, NV.   Foxy's Casino opens at 2423 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

1979 - Las Vegas, NV.   Barbary Coast opens at 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Link to: Barbary Coast Wikipedia

1999 - Las Vegas, NV.   Mandalay Bay opens at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the site of the old Hacienda Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a 43-story luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
Link to: Mandalay Bay Wikipedia   Link to: Mandalay Bay Website

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