Q:Is there really a casino "Blacklist"?
A:The List of Excluded Persons is an irregularly updated list of persons excluded or ejected from establishments licensed to operate any gambling game or conduct pari-mutuel wagering. Commonly known as the "Blacklist" or "Black Book", it includes personal names and identification records. Identification records include photographic portraits, vital statistics, aliases and Nevada Gaming Commission information regarding listed persons. Approximately 40p. 1997. A copy of the List of Excluded Persons can be found at the Las Vegas Library or by visiting the Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board.
Source: State of Nevada Publications Index. 1993-1998.
Q:When was gaming legalized in Nevada?
A:Gaming was already part of the lifestyle when Nevada was admitted to the union in 1864. It continued uninterrupted until 1911, when casinos were closed during the Progressive Era. Because of public demand, the casinos re-opened in 1915 for card games and some slot activity. Nevada's legislature formally legalized gaming in February 1931 in order to regulate the industry. This action benefitted Reno and Las Vegas economically during the Great Depression.
Source: Eugene P. Moehring. "Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-1970", University of Nevada Press, 1989. p20.
Q:When was the big MGM Grand Hotel Fire?
A:Fire broke out at 7 a.m. on November 21, 1980 at the MGM Grand Hotel. Eighty-seven people died in this fire.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nov. 21, 1980, pA1 Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nov. 21, 1985, pB1
Q:Which casino was the first to open on the Strip?
A:The El Rancho opened April 3, 1941.
The Hotel Last Frontier opened October 30, 1942.
The Flamingo Hotel opened December 26, 1946.
Eugene P. Moehring. "Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-1970" University of Nevada Press, 1989. p44
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