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Nevada Casino History

Las Vegas, Nevada was just a little railroad town when it incorporated on June 1, 1911. It was a relatively quiet place until 1931, when the construction of the Hoover Dam began, just east of Las Vegas.

The construction of the Hoover Dam attracted thousands of workers to the city, which led to casinos and other entertainment venues opening in the city; particularly along Fremont Street. Many establishments were known for illegally selling alcohol during prohibition, and they also offered casino gambling games illegally.

Legalized Casino Gambling in Nevada

In 1931, gambling was legalized in Nevada. The Northern Club was the first establishment in Las Vegas to receive a gambling license. After prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol and gambling brought big money into Las Vegas.

This big money also attracted the Mob, who began to establish themselves in Las Vegas at the beginning of the 1940s. By 1941, infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel was operating the Northern Club himself.

Nevada's Las Vegas Strip

Soon after, the iconic Las Vegas Strip was born. The very first casino built on the Las Vegas Strip, just outside the city lines was the El Rancho Vegas casino.

Infamous mobster Bugsy Seigel bought the El Cortez casinobut he was under the watchful eyes of law enforcement due to his mob activities. He decided to open a casino outside Las Vegas city limits, called the Flamingo to avoid laws and regulations. The Flamingo was actually Billy Wilkerson's idea, who the mob bought out and intimidated.

Bugsy finished building the Flamingo in 1946. He had built a luxury hotel-casino, offering patrons the the full “Las Vegas experience”, which included excellent entertainment and high-level gambling in a luxurious setting. But before profits were realized, Bugsy was murdered by his mobster friends for going over budget and letting his girlfriend do the accounting.

Mobster Casinos in Nevada

The eventual success of the Flamingo casino led the Mob to open several other casinos on the Strip, without Bugsy. This included both the Frontier Casino and the Sands Casino.

Within city limits, new casinos were opening as well. On Fremont Street, Benny Binion opened the Horseshoe Casino in 1951. The Horseshoe Casino only offered casino gambling - no shows, no music, private gaming rooms or other forms of entertainment.

Binion was also credited with being the first casino owner to offer no upper limit on max bets. He also introduced complimentaries - or freebies, also known as "comps" - to entice players to keep playing.

In the 1970's and 1980's, Las Vegas casino revenue deteriorated, due to the Mob skimming money from casinos such as the Stardust casino.

Steve Wynn Casinos in Nevada

Steve Wynn revialized Las Vegas by building an lavish resort called The Mirage in 1989. New casinos continued to open in Las Vegas, such as Treasure Island Casino, the MGM Grand, Luxor, Bellagio, Venetian, Cirque du Soliel, and more. The casinos in Nevada turned into corporations and became mainstream businesses.

Modern Nevada Casinos

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Las Vegas casinos such as Resorts World offer cashless betting at slots and tables, plus an app that allows all purchases, including food and entertainment, to be made electronically.

Sportsbetting is also very popular in Nevada. Nevada sportsbooks are now taking record bets before the Super Bowl each year.

Currently, there are approximately 150 casinos in Las Vegas with 31 on the Las Vegas Strip. Nevada Casino Gamling is the best!

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