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12-31-1837

On this day in 1837, the Chamber of Deputies of France bans all games of chance.  All gambling clubs in the country close.

07-10-1851

On this day in 1851, the New York State legislature enacts a law prohibiting gambling under penalty of imprisonment and fine.

12-31-1872

On this day in 1872, the casinos of Germany operate for the last time, shutting down on order of the Prussian government.

05-15-1905

On this day in 1905, Las Vegas officially was founded as a city.  Las Vegas was the driving force in the creation of Clark County, Nevada in 1909, and the city was incorporated in 1911 as a part of the county. (History of Las Vegas - Wikipedia)

07-03-1930

On this day in 1930,  President Herbert Hoover signed the appropriation bill for the Boulder Dam. The dam was later renamed the Hoover Dam during the Truman administration.

02-13-1931

On this day in 1931, Phil Tobin introduces Assembly Bill 98 in the Nevada legislature to allow licensed gambling on a variety of games. Cheating would be outlawed and minors forbidden in gambling houses.

03-09-1931

On this day in 1931, the Nevada State Assembly passes a gambling legalization bill, 24 votes to 11.

03-18-1931

On this day in 1931, the Nevada State Senate passes a gambling legalization bill called Assembly Bill 98.

03-19-1931

On this day in 1931, Nevada Governor Fred Balzar signs into law Assembly Bill 98, legalizes casino gaming and most other forms of gambling, including faro, monte, roulette, keno, fan-tan, twenty-one, blackjack, seven-and-a-half, big injun, klondike, craps, stud poker, draw poker, or any card, dice, machine, at licensed establishments. Legal gambling age was set at 21. 

03-20-1931

On this day in 1931, the Las Vegas Mayor and commissioners pass an ordinance allowing gaming and operation of slot machines under city license.

03-21-1931

On this day in 1931, Clark County, Nevada sets up a License Board to regulate gambling licenses.

05-05-1931

On this day in 1931, the Pair-O-Dice Nite Club in Las Vegas was issued a gaming license. 

03-08-1943

On this day in 1943, limited gambling is legalized in Mexico.

05-15-1948

On this day in 1948, Puerto Rico adopted Act #221, the Games of Chance Act, which allowed regulated casino gambling but disallowed advertising within Puerto Rico. (Wikipedia)

11-03-1978

On this day in 1978, California voters approve Indian casinos by 63-37 margin.   Missouri voters approve riverboat casinos. Voters in Kenosha, Wisconsin vote 56% against a ban on casino gambling.

11-04-1978

On this day in 1978, Florida voters reject by 73 percent to 27 a proposal to legalize casinos.

08-06-1979

On this day in 1979, and after the corporation was found guilty of allowing hidden control by criminal interest,  the  Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas was ordered closed by the Nevada Gaming Commission.     However, within a few hours the casino was reopened by a federal judge.  [ REFERENCE ]

05-05-1982

On this day in 1982, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 5 to 0 that casinos could not bar card counters.

12-05-1983

On this day in 1983, New Jersey became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to create a rule prohibiting predictive devices.  However, this rule carried no criminal penalties.

05-09-1985

On this day in 1985, Nevada Senate Bill 467 was introduced as the state's first device law.  This was apparently in response to the growing use of blackjack computers in Nevada casinos.

05-30-1985

On this day in 1985, Nevada passed an emergency measure that banned the use or possession of any "device" to predict outcomes or analyze probabilities or strategies.

07-01-1985

On this day in 1985, Nevada passed a law (NRS 465.075)  that prohibited using devices to analyze or predict casino games. 

04-01-1991

On this day in 1991, in Iowa, riverboat gambling is legalized, as the Diamond Lady is launched. Maiden voyage of Casino Belle from Dubuque, Iowa on the Mississippi River.

05-28-1994

On this day in 1994, Tommy Hyland's team members were arrested at the interim Casino Windsor in Canada for using their brains while playing blackjack.

04-12-1995

On this day in 1995, a Superior Court jury in Camden, NJ awarded $475,500 to blackjack player Anthony Campione as compensatory damages to be paid by the TropWorld Casino in Atlantic City.

04-20-1995

On this day in 1995, a Superior Court jury in Camden, NJ awarded $1,000,000 to blackjack player Anthony Campione in punitive damages to be paid by the TropWorld Casino in Atlantic City.

03-19-1997

On this day in 1997, US Senator Jon Kyl introduced the first Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.   This bill was defeated , however, in 2006, a new version called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act would finally be passed.

07-24-1998

On this day in 1998, the US Senate votes 90 to 10 to make gambling on the Internet illegal.

03-09-2000

On this day in 2000, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of a card counter and ordered the return of $40,400 in winnings.  These winnings were seized by the Monte Carlo Casino in 1997, when it was discovered that he had used a false ID.

04-06-2000

In April of 2000,  Michael Russo and James Grosjean  were arrested and detained at Caesars Palace on grounds they were cheating.  They would file a defamation lawsuit against Griffin Investigations  claiming that they had been improperly detained, labeled as cheaters and arrested, on the basis of information supplied by Griffin. [ See 9/13/2005 ]

08-30-2000

On this day in 2000, Missouri outlawed barrings but allowed certain countermeasures to minimize the advantage counters get.

01-23-2004

On this day in 2004, Las Vegas' iconic Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino was sold to Harrahs.  Many a card counter will have fond (and not so fond) memories of the Horseshoe.

10-19-2004

On this day (or about) in 2004, John Allen sued the Eldorado Casino, claiming the casino had used a device called MindPlay to alter the odds of a blackjack game against him.

09-13-2005

On this day in 2005, the Las Vegas Sun reported that Griffin Investigations had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  This was after a successful defamation lawsuit brought on by Michael Russo and James Grosjean, who claimed they had been improperly detained, labeled as cheaters and arrested, on the basis of information supplied by Griffin.

06-07-2006

On this day in 2006, the state of Washington made it a "felony" to gamble or play poker on the Internet.

10-13-2006

On this day in 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

09-01-2007

On this day in 2007, new law in the United Kingdom allowed for the creation of licensed Internet casinos located in the country.

07-01-2010

On this day in 2010, Florida finally allowed "no-limit" gambling in all 23 poker rooms across the state.

02-21-2013

On this day in 2013, the Nevada State Legislature approved Assembly Bill #114, allowing the state to enter into pacts with other states to offer Internet-based poker, among other items.

04-16-2014

On this day in 2014, two skilled players at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite were awarded $200,000 for a 15 minute false imprisonment.

12-13-2016

On this day in 2016, Japan passed a bill to legalize casino gambling in the country.

12-26-2016

On this day in 2016, Japan officially legalized casino gambling in the country.  However, casinos are not expected to open until 2021.

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