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Gaming History - Week of December 03, 2023
December 3rd
2023 - Sunday (TODAY)

1993 - Robinsonville, MS.   Bally's opens.

1993 - Greenville, MS.   Cotton Club opens.

1993 - Robinsonville, MS.   Harrah's opens.

December 4th
2023 - Monday

1973 - Las Vegas, NV.   The MGM Grand Las Vegas (formerly Marina and MGM-Marina) is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the United States with 5,044 rooms. It is also the third-largest hotel complex in the world by number of rooms and second-largest hotel resort complex in the United States behind the combined The Venetian and The Palazzo. When it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand was the largest hotel complex in the world.
Link to: MGM Grand Wikipedia   Link to: MGM Grand Website

December 5th
2023 - Tuesday

1973 - Paradise Nevada.   Bally's Las Vegas is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The hotel features 2,814 extra-sized guestrooms that are 450 sq ft or larger and over 175,000 sq ft of banquet and meeting space. The casino occupies 66,187 sq ft About 75% of the rooms are in the Resort Tower which had renovations completed in 2018. The remaining rooms are located in the Jubilee Tower, constructed in 1981.
Link to: Ballys Website   Link to: Ballys Wikipedia

December 6th
2023 - Wednesday

1993 - Tunica, MS.   President Casino opens.

2000 - Lake Charles, LA.   Star casino closes.
$20 Silver strike

2001 - Boonville, MO.   The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel Boonville is a stationary boat hotel and casino owned and operated by Eldorado Resorts on the Missouri River in Boonville, Missouri that opened on December 6, 2001. The casino has close to 900 gaming machines and 20 table games. The Isle of Capri Boonville also features three restaurants and a 140-room hotel, including 26 junior suites. A casino floor remodel was completed in September 2013 and included new carpet, additional TVs in the bar and table games area, a redesigned casino bar, and a redesigned cashier's cage. Slot selection includes penny, quarter, half-dollar, dollar, two dollar, five dollar, ten dollar, and twenty-five dollar denomination slots in a range of styles (classic reel slots, video slots, video reel slots, etc.). The casino also features video poker games, including progressive games.
Link to: Isle of Capri website   Link to: Isle of Capri Wikipedia

December 7th
2023 - Thursday

1994 - St. Louis, MO.   President casino opens.

1994 - St. Joseph, MO.   St. Jo Frontier casino opens.

1994 - Bossier City, LA.   Isle of Capri casino opens.
$1 Chip

1995 - Evansville, IN.   Casino Aztar opens.

2000 - Lake Charles, LA.   Harrah's Star casino opens.
$2.50 chip

December 8th
2023 - Friday

1932 - Reno, NV.   The Tavern, at 1801 West Fourth Street, opened with slots, craps, 21 and roulette, as well as dining and dancing. The Tavern was scheduled to open on October 31, 1932, but the opening was delayed because of multiple banks closing during the depression. For five years the Tavern was successful, then her fortunes began to change. In early November, 1939 the assets, including the gaming equipment, were sold at auction. Then, on Thanksgiving, the Tavern opened once again...and regained its popularity. On May 4, 1941, the Tavern was destroyed by fire. .

December 9th
2023 - Saturday

1949 - San Juan, Puerto Rico.   Caribe Hilton Grand Opening, first legal casino in Puerto Rico. Hilton Hotels International [HI], built its first hotel outside of the continental US in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The new Caribe Hilton was meant to improve the island's economy through the encouragement of new enterprise. Constructed at the cost of $5,500,000, the luxurious 300-room Caribe Hilton hotel and resort operation had "the latest in comforts and convenience for the traveler, and the newest ideas in modern, efficient operation for the hotel management. The hotel opened with a great deal of international publicity on December 9, 1949. In fact, the hotel's unique new design led to the publication of a twelve-page article in the February 1950 Hotel Monthly magazine, complete with floor plans. The hotel became a financial success within the first six months and recovered the Puerto Rican government's investment of nearly $9 million in less than three years.
Caribe Hilton hotel Conrad Hilton

1953 - Reno, NV.   The Li'l Red Barn opened at 4250 South Virginia Street, as a restaurant and bar with gambling. The gambling ended in 1956, but the bar and restaurant continued to operate until 1958. In 1958 it became the Liberty Belle.

1980 - Atlantic City NJ.   The Golden Nugget Atlantic City was built, owned and operated by Golden Nugget Companies before selling it to Bally's Entertainment Corporation, which changed the name to Bally's Grand Casino/Hotel. The sale was prompted by founder Steve Wynn's frustration with gaming regulators in New Jersey. After the Hilton Hotels Corporation acquired Bally Entertainment, the property was renamed Atlantic City Hilton. In 1998, Hilton Corporation spun off its casino properties into a new company initially called Park Place Entertainment and later renamed Caesars Entertainment. In 2005, Harrah's Entertainment merged with Caesars Entertainment and sold the property to Colony Capital, LLC.
Link to: The Golden Nugget Website   Link to: The Golden Nugget Wikipedia

2015 - D’Iberville, Mississippi.   The resort has 300 hotel rooms, 68,000 square feet of gaming space, and amenities including a 36-hole miniature golf course, a buffet, and three other restaurants. The project originally named the Can- Can Casino Resort and Spa, gained site approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission in February 2010, but development stalled because of the Great Recession. Revised plans for the casino, by now known as the Scarlet Pearl, were approved by the commission in December 2013. Groundbreaking was held in July 2014. The property opened on December 9, 2015, at a cost of $290 million. .
Link to: Scarlet Pearl Casino Website   Link to: Scarlet Pearl Casino Wikipedia

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