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04-26-1856

On this day in 1856, Prince Florestan I of Monaco grants Napoléon Langlois and Albert Aubert a concession to build and run a bathing establishment and casino.

12-05-1933

On this day in 1933, Joe Russell opened Sloppy Joe's In Key West, Florida. Originally called the Blind Pig and renamed the Silver Slipper when a dance floor and gambling was added.  Ernest Hemmingway was one of its famous patrons. 

01-27-1951

On this day in 1951, Nevada Test Site conducts first nuclear weapons test only 65 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

09-13-1957

On this day in 1957, the first group meeting of Gamblers Anonymous was held, in Los Angeles, California.

07-09-1959

On this day in 1959, a roulette table at the El San Juan Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico lands the ball at "10" six times in a row, the first recorded time of this occurrence.

04-01-1964

On this day in 1964,  and as a reaction to Ed Thorp's book, Las Vegas casinos jointly imposed a new set of blackjack rules: No splitting of Aces and restricting doubling to 11 only.   Casino profits plummeted forcing the new rules to be rescinded within a month.

11-24-1966

On this day in 1966, Howard Hughes rented out the top two floors of the Las Vegas Desert Inn.  He would later buy this property.

03-22-1967

On this day in 1967, Howard Hughes buys the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, from Moe Dalitz for $13.2 million.

05-21-1974

On this day in Las Vegas in 1974, Bob Stupak's World Famous Historic Gambling Museum burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.  This would later become the location of Vegas World.

12-17-1978

On this day in 1978, the first World Championship of Blackjack Tournament was held at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.

10-01-1980

On this day in 1980, Bob Stupak opened the Glitter Gulch strip club in downtown Las Vegas.

10-25-1981

On this day in 1981, Arnold Snyder's First Church of Blackjack was inaugurated at Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, NV. 

07-09-1983

On this day in 1983,  Joe Marquis ends a record-breaking 109-hour session dealing poker at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, entering the Guiness Book of World Records.

02-03-1984

In February of 1984, it was reported that Don Schlesinger and Ken Feldman had sold their blackjack instructor franchise back to Jerry Patterson.  Reason: Studies could not prove that TARGET worked.  [ 2/84 Wong Blackjack World 28 ]

09-23-1989

On this day in 1989, the online USENET message board group rec.gambling was approved.  One week later it was created and made available.   [ Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One ]

03-26-1993

On this day in 1993, the Las Vegas Tropicana Casino became the first customer of the software Blackjack Survey Voice.  This software could help casinos identify card counters.

12-14-1995

On this day in 1995, the $70 Million Fremont Street Experience opens.

06-24-1996

On this day in 1996, the Las Vegas Klondike Hotel and Casino was the host of a "Surprise Party" after Stanford Wong discovered they were offering a rule called "Free Ride" -- giving players a 1.32% edge off the top without card counting!  The party lasted 8 hours.

06-28-1997

On this day in 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear during the WBA Heavyweight Boxing Championship fight in Las Vegas. - (Wikipedia.com)

09-19-2000

On this day somewhere, a card counter is being challenged and instructed by pit personnel:  "No more blackjack for you.  You can play any other game, but no more blackjack."

09-27-2000

On this day somewhere,  a casino pit boss is staring down a suspected card counter simply because he/she is using their brain while playing blackjack.  

10-03-2003

On this day in 2003, Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy) was seriously injured from a white tiger attack at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas.

08-29-2007

On this day in 2007, a runaway chlorine train car rolled through Las Vegas.  Fully loaded with toxic chlorine, the train hit a top speed of 50mph before stopping in North Las Vegas. No one was hurt.

09-16-2007

On this day in 2007, O. J. Simpson was arrested at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for robbery.

02-14-2012

On this day in 2012, the Mob Museum opened in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, built in 1933, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

02-22-2013

On this day in 2013, the Las Vegas El Cortez Hotel and Casino was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1941.

03-02-2016

Today is March 2, otherwise known as National Blackjack Day.  Celebrate by NOT playing 6:5 blackjack and spreading the word that players expect nothing less than 3:2 blackjack. [ HighRollerRadioTV ]

06-05-2017

Today is June 5, otherwise known as National Blackjack Loser's Day.  Celebrate by NOT playing 6:5 blackjack and spreading the word that players expect nothing less than 3:2 blackjack. [ NationalBlackjackDay.org/ ] [ HighRollerRadioTV ]