Moulin Rouge breaks the color line
From the 1930s, Las Vegas casinos on the Strip and Downtown were racially segregated. In 1955, the Moulin Rouge opened on Bonanza Road, as the first major Las Vegas casino to welcome patrons of all races.
You can learn more about the Moulin Rouge in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
The (illegal) Beach Club shines
For the first half of the 20th century, Edward Riley Bradley’s Beach Club, located in Palm Beach, was the finest illegal gambling establishment in Florida and, some would argue, the entire country.
You can read more about illegal casinos (and legal ones too) in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
The French Prohibition
The French Chamber of Deputies passed an edict on June 1, 1836 that would ban gambling in France, effective December 31, 1837.
You can read the story of how gambling returned to France 80 years later, and much more, in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
In the 1930s, North Shore Lake Tahoe’s Cal-Neva Lodge, owned by James McKay and William Graham, was notorious for reportedly hosting gangsters like Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Learn more about the Cal-Neva, which was later owned by Frank Sinatra, in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
A slow start for Indian gaming
The earliest federal recognition of tribes’ right to offer gambling on their reservations dates from 1924, but gambling geared towards non-Indians didn’t really get started for another 50 years.
You can learn more about Indian gaming in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
The Spa Casino Disaster
The 1980 MGM Grand fire is perhaps the most famous casino disaster in history, but the August 13, 1785 blaze that destroyed a wing of Spa’s Redoute casino was just as catastrophic in its day, particularly since burning playing cards blown by a strong wind landed on the roofs of nearby houses, spreading the fire. But the Redoute recovered.
You can learn more about Spa gambling in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.