Blackjack History – Casino Openings

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Event DateEvent Name
08-11-1855

On this day in 1855, the Baden Baden Gautier Conversation House with gaming rooms opens.

12-14-1856

On this day in 1856, in Monaco, Villa Bellevue opens for gambling, a temporary site while the main hotel/casino is being built.

02-18-1863

On this day in 1863, the Spélugues Casino is completed in Monaco.

04-01-1931

On this day in 1931, owners of the Red Rooster became the first recipient of a gaming license in Clark County, NV.  They opened with a few slot machines and one blackjack table.

04-03-1941

On this day in 1941, the El Rancho Vegas Hotel and Casino opened on the Strip in Las Vegas.  It would be destroyed by a fire in 1960.

10-30-1942

On this day in 1942, the Last Frontier Casino opened in Las Vegas. This was previously known as the Pair 'O Dice club.

06-20-1946

On this day in 1946, Bill Harrah opens Harrah's Club casino in Las Vegas

08-30-1946

On this day in 1946, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

12-26-1946

On this day in 1946, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Southern part of the Las Vegas strip.

09-02-1948

On this day in 1948, the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This casino would later be renamed the Silverbird (1977) and the  El Rancho (1982).

05-06-1950

On this day in 1950, Benny Binion opened the Westerner Saloon & Gambling House in Downtown Las Vegas.

10-07-1952

On this day in 1952, Del Webb's Sahara Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

12-15-1952

On this day in 1952, the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino opened its doors.

09-03-1954

On this day in 1954, the Showboat Hotel and Casino opened on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas.

04-19-1955

On this day in 1955, the Royal Nevada Casino opens on Highway 91 in Nevada. 

04-20-1955

On this day in 1955, the Riviera Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  It was the first high-rise and the 9th resort on the Las Vegas Strip. 

05-23-1955

On this day in 1955, the Dunes Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This was the 10th resort to open on the Strip.

06-08-1956

On this day in 1956, the Silver Palace Casino opened in Downtown Las Vegas.  It would later close in 1964.

04-03-1957

On this day in 1957, the Tropicana Hotel and Casino opened. 

07-02-1958

On this day in 1958, the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas opened its doors.

01-15-1964

On this day in 1964, Jerry's Nugget Casino opened in North Las Vegas.

04-01-1966

On this day in 1966, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas opened its doors.

06-02-1966

On this day in 1966, the Four Queens Hotel and Casino opened in Downtown Las Vegas.

08-05-1966

On this day in 1966, Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino opened its doors.  It was the 16th hotel on Las Vegas Blvd, also known as the Las Vegas "Strip".

10-18-1968

On this day in 1968, the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas. 

07-01-1969

On this day in 1969, the Las Vegas Landmark Hotel and Casino opened its doors.

07-02-1969

On this day in 1969, the International Resort and Casino opens in Las Vegas. With 1500 rooms, it was the world's largest hotel, with the world's largest casino, at 29,000 square feet. Known as the Westgate Las Vegas today.

07-02-1971

On this day in 1971, the Union Plaza Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

07-02-1973

On this day in 1973, the Holiday Casino, containing a riverboat theme opened.  This Las Vegas casino would later be bought by and renamed Harrah's.

07-05-1973

On this day in 1973, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally's) opens in Las Vegas. Built at a cost of $107 million, it featured 2100 rooms.

07-01-1976

On this day in 1976, the Las Vegas Palace Station Hotel and Casino opened its doors.

01-01-1977

On this day in 1977, the Silverbird Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This was formerly the Thunderbird.

05-26-1978

On this day in 1978, the first Atlantic City casino, Resorts International, opened its doors to the public.  The first legal bet is made by Steve Lawrence for $10 at the craps table.

07-01-1978

On this day in 1978, the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino opened in Reno, Nevada.

06-26-1979

On this day in 1979, Caesar's Boardwalk Regency Hotel and Casino opened in Atlantic City, NJ.

07-13-1979

On this day in 1979, Bob Stupak's Vegas World opened its doors. Bob Stupak developed unusual and original rules for traditional games, like double exposure 21, where the dealer would deal both of his cards face up. 

03-15-1982

On this day in 1982, Donald Trump received a casino license from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

08-31-1982

On this day in 1982, the El Rancho Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This was formerly the Thunderbird and Silverbird.

05-15-1984

On this day in 1984, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opened.  It would close in 2014.

07-05-1986

On this day in 1986, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT opened.

12-21-1986

On this day in 1986, the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

11-22-1989

On this day in 1989, Steve Wynn's Mirage Resort and Casino opened in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Siegfried and Roy performed here from 1990 to 2003.

01-15-1990

On this day in 1990, the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino opened.

04-02-1990

On this day in 1990, the Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino opened.

06-19-1990

On this day in 1990, the Middle Ages themed casino Excalibur opened in Las Vegas. 

08-01-1992

On this day in 1992, the Isle of Capri casino opens in Biloxi, Mississippi, made of two former riverboats of the Mississippi River. The casino has 600 gaming machines and 45 table games.

06-18-1993

On this day in 1993, the Club Regent Casino opens in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

06-25-1993

On this day in 1993, the McPhillips Street Station Casino opens in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

07-20-1993

On this day in 1993, the Turning Stone Resort and Casino opened its doors.  This casino was owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, New York.

10-08-1993

On this day in 1993, the Casino de Montréal opens in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

10-15-1993

On this day in 1993, the Egyptian themed Luxor Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

10-27-1993

On this day in 1993, Steve Wynn's Treasure Island Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

12-18-1993

On this day in 1993, the MGM Grand Las Vegas opened on the Las Vegas Strip.  This was originally the location of the Marina Hotel.

01-13-1994

On this day in 1994, the Barona Indian tribe in the USA opens the largest tented casino in the world, at the Barona Casino near Lakeside, California.

05-27-1994

On this day in 1994, the Silverton "Boomtown" Las Vegas Hotel and Casino opened.

06-24-1994

On this day in 1994, the Casino de Charlevoix opens in Pointe-au-Pic, Quebec, Canada.

03-10-1995

On this day in 1995, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

06-01-1995

On this day in 1995, the Casino Nova Scotia opens in a temporary location in the Sheraton Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

08-01-1995

On this day in 1995, the Casino Nova Scotia opens in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

08-18-1995

On this day in 1995, the first online gambling site was established in the Caicos and Turks islands.  It offered a total of 18 unique games.

12-13-1995

On this day in 1995, the Northern Belle Casino opens in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  This riverboat casino was docked in the Detroit River and was temporary until construction of Casino Windsor was completed.

03-01-1996

On this day in 1996, the Gold Eagle Casino opens in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

03-06-1996

On this day in 1996, the Northern Lights Casino opens in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

03-24-1996

On this day in 1996, Casino de Hull opens in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.  This casino is now known as the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

04-30-1996

On this day in 1996, the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  It towered 1149 feet above Las Vegas and was the tallest observation tower in the USA.

06-21-1996

On this day in 1996, the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

07-31-1996

On this day in 1996, the Casino Rama opens in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. [ SPECIAL REPORT by Lance Humble ]

10-12-1996

On this day in 1996, the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT opened.

12-09-1996

On this day in 1996, the Casino Niagara opens in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 

12-14-1996

On this day in 1996, the Painted Hand Casino opens in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

12-18-1996

On this day in 1996, the Mardi Gras themed Orleans Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

01-03-1997

On this day in 1997, the $460 million New York-New York Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas, Nevada.

07-29-1998

On this day in 1998, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino opens.

10-15-1998

On this day in 1998, Steve Wynn's Bellagio Resort and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  The Bellagio played a prominent role in the remake of the movie Ocean's Eleven.

03-02-1999

On this day in 1999, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

05-03-1999

On this day in 1999, the Venetian Casino Resort opens in Las Vegas, Nevada.

09-01-1999

On this day in 1999, Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino opened.  It included a half scale, 541-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.

08-18-2000

On this day in 2000, the "new" Aladdin Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This property would later be renamed Planet Hollywood.

11-15-2001

On this day in 2001, the Las Vegas Palms Hotel and Casino opened.

05-18-2004

On this day in 2004, the $240 million Sands Macau Hotel and Casino opens in Macau.

04-28-2005

On this day in 2005,  the Las Vegas Wynn Resort and Casino opened.   It is named after casino developer Steve Wynn and was the world's most expensive casino resort, costing $2.7 billion.

02-02-2006

On this day in 2006, the Hooters Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas. This was a complete renovation of the old San Remo.

04-18-2006

On this day in 2006, the Red Rock Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

03-01-2007

On this day in 2007, Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon opened in Las Vegas.  This was formerly the Barbary Coast.

04-17-2007

On this day in 2007, the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort opened its doors.  This was formerly the Aladdin casino property.

08-28-2007

On this day in 2007, the Venetian Macau Casino opens in Macau at a cost of $2.4 billion.

01-17-2008

On this day in 2008, the Palazzo Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas. 

11-11-2008

On this day in 2008, the Aliante Station Casino opened in North Las Vegas.

12-18-2008

On this day in 2008, the Miwok Indians opened the Red Hawk Casino in California -- providing additional competition to casinos in the Reno/Lake Tahoe region.

12-16-2009

On this day in 2009, the Aria Resort and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  Part of the CityCenter complex it included 150,000 sq ft of gaming space.

04-02-2012

On this day in 2014, the Atlantic City Revel Casino opened.  It would close under bankruptcy less than 2 years later.  Now known as the TEN.

02-21-2014

On this day in 2014, the Cromwell Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This was formerly the Barbary Coast and Bill's.

03-31-2014

On this day in 2014, Caesars Entertainment completes the Las Vegas LINQ Hotel & Casino, including the 550-foot High Roller Wheel.

07-01-2014

On this day in 2014, the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino was renamed the Westgate.

08-23-2014

On this day in 2014, the SLS Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.  This was formerly The Sahara.

08-22-2016

On this day in 2016, the Wynn Palace Cotai casino opened in Cotai, Macau.

09-04-2016

On this day in 2016, the Ovalle Casino Resort opened in Ovalle, Chile.

09-07-2016

On this day in 2016, the Grand Villa Edmonton Casino opened in Edmonton, Alberta.

09-13-2016

On this day in 2016, The Parisian Macao Casino opened its doors in Cotai, Macau.

10-10-2016

On this day in 2016, the Hollywood Casino Jamul opened in Jamul Indian Village, California.

11-02-2016

On this day in 2016, the Gray Wolf Peak Casino opened in Missoula, Montana.

11-12-2016

On this day in 2016, the Casino 36 Wolverhampton opened in Wolverhampton, England.

11-19-2016

On this day in 2016, the Asian-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas.

11-29-2016

On this day in 2016, the Casino Marina at Golden Peacock Hotel opened in Lilongwe, Malawi.

12-01-2016

On this day in 2016, the Cherokee Casino Grove opened in Grove, Oklahoma.

12-05-2016

On this day in 2016, the Crockford's Casino (in the Nile Ritz-Carlton) in Cairo, Egypt opened.

12-08-2016

On this day in 2016, the MGM Casino - National Harbor opened in Oxin Hill, Maryland.

12-31-2016

On this day in 2016, the Pride of Texas Casino Ship (Galveston, TX) was scheduled to open.

01-11-2017

On this day in 2017, the Shorelines Casino opened in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

01-22-2017

On this day in 2017, the Delta Casino at WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency in Gantok, India opened for business.

01-26-2017

On this day in 2017, the Victoria Gate Casino opened in Leeds, England.

02-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the del Lago Resort & Casino opened in Waterloo, New York.

02-08-2017

On this day in 2017, the Rivers Casino & Resort opened in Schenectady, New York.

02-27-2017

On this day in 2017, the Legend Palace Hotel Casino opened in Macau.

03-22-2017

On this day in 2017, the Deltin Daman Casino was scheduled to open in Daman, India.

03-31-2017

On this day in 2017, the Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel was scheduled to open in Pittsburg, Kansas.

03-31-2017

On this day in 2017, the Imperial Pacific Resort was scheduled to open in Garapan, Saipan.

04-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the Time Square Casino Menlyn Maine in Pretoria, South Africa was scheduled to open.

04-10-2017

On this day in 2017, the Tiger Palace Resort Casino was scheduled to open in Siddharthanagar, Nepal.

05-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the Whitesands Casino was scheduled to open in Apia, Samoa.

06-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the Phoenix Resort Casino Primorye (Vladivostock, Russia) was scheduled to open.

09-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the Starlight Casino was scheduled to open in Edmonton, Alberta.  This was a $45 million refurbishment and re-branding of the  Palace Casino in the same location.

01-01-2018

On this day in 2018, the Golden Mesa Casino (Guymon, OK) was scheduled to open.

03-01-2018

On this day in 2018,  the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar (Thompson, NY) was scheduled to open.