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Gaming History - Week of May 19, 2019
May 19th
2019 - Sunday

1966 - Reno, NV.   Zimba Card Room, 19 East Douglas Alley, was licensed for poker and slots. It closed in June of 1969.

1981 - Atlantic City NJ.   The Brighton Hotel Casino closed May19,1981 to become Sands Hotel & Casino.
$25 Chip

1997 - Robinsonville, MS.   Harrah's closes.

2004 - Shreveport, LA.   Harrah's casino closes.

May 20th
2019 - Monday

1977 - Las Vegas, NV.   20th Century Hotel & Casino opens at 115 East Tropicana Ave., off Las Vegas Strip.

1995 - Lake Charles, LA.   Star casino opens.

2007 - Amelia, LA.   Amelia Belle casino opens.

May 22nd
2019 - Wednesday (TODAY)

1931 - Reno, NV.   Rainbow Gardens, on South Virginia Road, was licensed for craps, 21 and roulette.

1981 - Las Vegas, NV.   Gold Spike Hotel & Casino) is a bar, lounge, residential building, and former boutique 112-room, seven floor hotel. It is connected with the Oasis at the Gold Spike, a 50-room three floor hotel located in downtown Las Vegas. It was owned by entrepreneur Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project, having bought it from The Siegel Group; and the casino was operated by Golden Gaming.Hsieh closed the casino on April 14, 2013. After a three-week remodel, Gold Spike re-opened the casino as a restaurant and bar on May 6, 2013. The hotel portion of the building was recently converted into permanent and temporary workforce housing for Downtown Project, entrepreneurs, and Zappos; Oasis hotel is a separate building on the same property.
Link to: Gold Spike Wikipedia

1997 - Manitoba Canada .   The Crystal Casino Closed.
Crystal Casino $25 Chip

2009 - Bethlehem Pennsylvannia.   A hotel and casino located in the Bethlehem Works development site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. The casino is owned, operated, and constructed by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is one of five stand-alone casinos that was awarded a slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on December 20, 2006. The casino was slated to open in July 2008, but demolition took longer than expected due to the heavy concrete foundations of the old steel building. Its opening was delayed until the second quarter of 2009. The first concrete for the complex, which is located on the former Bethlehem Steel land on the South side of the city, was poured on November 15, 2007.
Link to: Sands Bethlehem Website   Link to: Sands Bethelhem Wikipedia

May 23rd
2019 - Thursday

1955 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Dunes opened on May 23, 1955, as a low-rise resort with Hollywood star Vera-Ellen providing the entertainment in the Magic Carpet Review. In 1961, a 24 story northern tower, called Diamond of the Dunes, was built, bringing the number of rooms up to 450. At the time, it was one of the finest and largest hotels on the Strip. The hotel was built in part with financing from movie mogul Al Gottesman and the Teamsters Pension Fund. The major investors were Joseph Sullivan, Alfred Gottesman and Bob Rice. (It was later believed that Raymond Patriarca, the head of a Providence, Rhode Island crime family was the source of Sullivan's investment.) It was designed by architect Maxwell Starkman. The resort soon ran into financial difficulties and the casino closed after a year. The resort was purchased in 1956 by two businessmen, Major A. Riddle and Jake Gottlieb, who had dealings with the Chicago Outfit. The resort boasted an 18-hole golf course, a rooftop health spa and a 90 ft (27 m) long pool.
Link to: The Dunes Wikipedia

1972 - Las Vegas, NV.   Red Garter Casino opens at 234 East Fremont, downtown Las Vegas.
A fun book from the Red Garter

1975 - Las Vegas, NV.   Centerfold Casino opens at 2440 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

1975 - Las Vegas, NV.   Jolly Trolley Casino opens at 2440 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

1995 - Tunica, MS.   Treasure Bay Casino closes.

2006 - Great Exuma, Bahamas.   Emerald Bay casino opens, closes 2 years later.

2008 - Tunica, MS.   Grand Casino becomes Harrah's.

2009 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Pat DeMauro bought into a craps game for $100 Saturday night and held the dice for four hours and 18 minutes. She threw the dice 154 times before she finally “sevened out,” Borgata officials said Sunday. The previous record for longest craps roll was held by Stanley Fujitake, of Honolulu, at 3 hours and 6 minutes, and it took place May 28, 1989, at the California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. .

May 24th
2019 - Friday

1955 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Moulin Rouge opened at 900 W. Bonanza Road, in Las Vegas. It was the first interracial hotel/casino in Las Vegas.
Notice the murals of can can girls and French Street scenes that adorned the walls.

1967 - Reno, NV.   Raymond I Smith, known as Pappy, passed away.

1994 - Robinsonville, MS.   Sam's Town casino opens.

1995 - Tunica, MS.   Splash Casino closes.

2011 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a hotel, casino, and marina located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Opened in 1985 as Trump's Castle, it was renamed Trump Marina in 1997. Landry's, Inc. purchased the casino from Trump Entertainment Resorts in February 2011, and the sale was approved in late May. Landry's took control of the property on May 23, 2011.
Link to: Golden Nugget Website   Link to: Golden Nugget Wikipedia

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