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Gaming History - Week of November 18, 2018
 
November 18th
2018 - Sunday

1994 - Kenner, LA.   Treasure Chest casino opens.

 
November 19th
2018 - Monday (TODAY)

2016 - Las Vegas Nevada.   Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is an Asian-themed boutique hotel and locals casino located on 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) of land at 300 West Sahara Avenue, near the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Lucky Dragon is adjacent to the Allure Las Vegas high-rise condominium, opened in 2008 by developer Andrew Fonfa. The resort's property was initially planned as the site of a second Allure tower, which was canceled due to poor economic conditions. While selling units in the first tower, Fonfa decided to build a hotel and casino on the adjacent site. The Lucky Dragon was announced in February 2012, and groundbreaking began in May 2015. The resort had a soft opening on November 19, 2016. An official grand opening was held on December 3, 2016. .
Link to: Lucky Dragon Website   Link to: Lucky Dragon Wikipedia

 
November 20th
2018 - Tuesday

1904 - Pilot Grove Texas.   Lester Ben "Benny" Binion was an American gambling icon and mob boss.In Las Vegas, Binion became a partner of the Las Vegas Club casino, but left after a year because of disagreements about limits on bets. In 1951, Benny purchased the building which had previously housed the Las Vegas Club, and opened it as the Westerner Gambling House and Saloon.In 1951, he purchased the Eldorado Club and the Apache Hotel, opening them as Binion's Horseshoe casino, which immediately became popular because of the high limits on bets. He initially set a craps table limit of $500, ten times higher than the limit at his competitors of the time. Because of the competition, Binion sometimes received death threats, although eventually casinos raised their limits to keep up with him. Additionally, the Horseshoe would honor a bet of any size as long as it was the first one made.Binion was in the vanguard of Las Vegas casino innovation, being the first in the downtown Glitter Gulch to replace sawdust-covered floors with carpeting,.
Link to: Benny Binion Documentary   Link to: Benny Binion Wikipedia
Benny Binion Benny Binion And His Daughter Becky Binion

1948 - Reno, NV.   Club Cal-Neva opened at 38 East 2nd St, Reno (Former location of Club Fortune).

1991 - E. Peoria, IL.   Par-A-Dice casino opens.

1998 - Elizabeth, IN.   Caesars casino opens.

1998 - Eliazbeth Indiana.   Horseshoe Southern Indiana which locals often simply called "The Boat," is a riverboat casino operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Opened in 1998, it is located outside the community of Elizabeth, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. The complex is located at the Harrison County line. This is the closest legal gambling location to Louisville and the large Southern Indiana cities because casino gambling is not allowed in neighboring Floyd County.The complex includes the four-deck riverboat (known as The Glory of Rome), which houses the gaming area; it is the largest riverboat in the United States and the world's largest riverboat casino. Other amenities include a hotel, a pavilion, 7 restaurants and a showroom, two parking decks, and a golf course. Steelman Partners designed the riverboat, podium, and hotel.
Link to: Horseshoe Southern Indiana Website   Link to: Horseshoe Southern Indiana Wikipedia

 
November 21st
2018 - Wednesday

1973 - Las Vegas, NV.   Million Dollar Casino opens at 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South - slots only, eventually becomes Vegas World.

1980 - Las Vegas, NV.   Fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally's Las Vegas) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The fire killed 85 people, most through smoke inhalation. The tragedy remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the second-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history, after the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire that killed 119 people.
Link to: Wikipedia: MGM Grand Fire   Link to: MGM Grand Fire Video

 
November 22nd
2018 - Thursday

1961 - Reno, NV.   The Maverick opened at 19 East Douglas Alley, a locals bar and casino. It closed in 1965 and reopened as the Ringside.

1989 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Mirage is a 3,044 room Polynesian-themed resort and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. The resort was built by developer Steve Wynn and is currently owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.The original marquee sign in front of the Mirage is the largest free standing marquee in the world. The resort is connected by a free tram to the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino neighboring the hotel's property to the north.
Link to: The Mirage Website   Link to: The Mirage Wikipedia
$100 Chip

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

1996 - Las Vegas, NV.   The Main Street Station Hotel and Casino and Brewery is a hotel and casino located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It is owned by Boyd Gaming. The casino is connected to California Hotel and Casino by an enclosed skywalk over Main Street.Main Street Station offers a self-guided tour which includes a portion of the Berlin Wall, stained glass from the Lillian Russell Mansion, doors and facade from the Kuwait Royal Bank, doors from the George Pullman Mansion, Louisa May Alcott Pullman car, chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building and Figaro Opera House, and various statues.] The portion of the Berlin Wall is located in the men's restroom and has urinals affixed to it].
Link to: Main Street Station Website   Link to: Main Street Station Wikipedia

1998 - Las Vegas, NV.   Stu Ungar, whose astronomical wagers and fearless play at high-stakes poker tables became the stuff of which gambling legends are made, was found dead Sunday in a Las Vegas motel room. He was 45.
Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar

 
November 23rd
2018 - Friday

1980 - Atlantic City, NJ.   Harrah's Resort Atlantic City is a hotel and casino, located in the marina district of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is Harrah's flagship casino.The casino is one of three in the marina district of the city, along with the Borgata and the Golden Nugget. Harrah's was the first to be located in the district and remained the only resort there until Trump's Castle was opened in 1985. It was the fifth casino to open after the legalization of gambling.
Link to: Harrahs Wikipedia   Link to: Harrahs Website

1981 - Atlantic City, NJ.   The Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City is a luxury hotel, casino, and spa resort located on Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is owned by Tropicana Entertainment and is one of the largest hotels in New Jersey with just over 2,000 rooms. Tropicana has over 3,000 slot machines and 135 table games and also features The Quarter, a shopping mall located in the complex. The hotel just completed a $50 million expansion and renovation, including a free multimedia light and sound show on its boardwalk facade.
Link to: Tropicana Website   Link to: Tropicana Wikipedia

1993 - Metropolis, IL.   Players Riverboat casino opens.

2007 - Greenville, MS.   Harlow's Casino opens.

 
November 24th
2018 - Saturday

1966 - Las Vegas, NV.   Thanksgiving Day, Howard Huges moved into the top two floors of the Desert Inn.
Link to: Wikipedia article on Howard Hughes   Link to: Howard Hughes Documentary
Howard Hughes Time Magazine Cover Page


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