In the Month of August

  • Aug.1, 1992 Isle of Capri is the first “dockside” riverboat casino to open in Biloxi Mississippi. By the year 2,000 the Biloxi/Gulfport area becomes the second largest gaming region in the US.
  • Aug. 2, 1876 James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, age 39, is shot from behind while playing poker in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. The hand he was holding, Aces and 8’s, has since become known as the dead man’s hand.
  • Aug. 5, 1966 Caesars Palace opens with 680 rooms on 34 acres in Las Vegas. The resort host a 3-day party that cost $1 million with a guest list of 1,800.
  • Aug. 8, 1876 Born Patrick Anthony McCarran in Reno Nevada. McCarran was Nevada’s first US Senator who was native born. McCarran airport in Las Vegas is named after him.
  • Aug. 10, 1833 Five days after Chicago was incorporated as a town, the trustees abolished all gambling within the town limits.
  • Aug. 10, 1933 Born in Longworth, Texas Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, noted poker player, and the first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments.
  • Aug. 18, 1995 The world’s first virtual online casino, Internet Casinos, Inc. (ICI) opened its “doors” with 18 different casino games.
  • Aug. 20, 1964 The Beatles appear in Las Vegas for a two-show performance at the Convention Center. 8,500 fans paid an average of $4 for this one and only visit to the entertainment capital.
  • Aug. 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina hits the gulf coast completely destroying numinous casinos in Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • Aug. 29, 2006 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi Mississippi re-opened its entire resort on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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