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Gambling and Casinos: A Brief History of Gambling in Las Vegas

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Between the late 1800s and the beginning of 1900s gambling was brought to the area now known as Las Vegas. Explorers and seekers, during the California gold rush, settled in the area and started their gambling practices. But a nationwide crackdown on gambling all but eradicated gambling establishments from the area.

Las Vegas is Born

In 1905 Las Vegas was founded, a small town that was just established as a stopover for trains travelling between Las Angeles and Salt Lake City. Gambling remained outlawed but there were some underground casinos that still operated.

Gambling Comes to Vegas (Legally)

1931 was the year that changed the future outlook of Las Vegas forever. First the construction of Hoover Dam was started that brought thousands of workers into the town. Gambling was legalized in the city that brought an influx of money for the city’s economy and it prospered.

The Boom

Tommy Hull was a business man who was granted a license to build a casino in Las Vegas. He built El Rancho, the first hotel casino in the city. It was built in the area that came to be known as the Vegas Strip. Tommy Hull’s success brought many other business men to Las Vegas and many hotel casinos were built. The most famous of which, the Flamingo, was built by the famous mobster Bugsy Seigel.

Vacation Spot

In the 1970s the trend of turning hotel casinos into mega resorts brought more good fortunes for the city. Las Vegas was transformed from a gambling city into a family vacation spot because these resorts provided all sorts of entertainment aside from gambling.

Now Las Vegas has transformed into the most glamorous city in the world and obviously the gambling capital of the world. But now its attraction is more than just  gambling, there are resorts inspired by different civilizations and cities, these give the tourists an experience of being on a world tour just by visiting Vegas.

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