Today in history—March 19, 1931

It’s one of the big ones: on March 19, 1931, Nevada governor Fred Balzar signed Assembly Bill 98 into law. That’s the measure that made it legal (once more) for Nevada gambling halls to offer commercial gambling (games line faro, craps, blackjack, and slot machines) to the public. With a stroke of the pen, Nevada’s gaming industry was born.

You can learn much more about the growth of gaming in Nevada in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling

Go here to read an excerpt from the book, or learn where to buy your copy.

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