In the Month of July

  • July is Sports and Recreation Book month. Buy and read a good book about gaming.
  • July 2, 1973 First opened as the Holiday Casino converted to Harrah’s Las Vegas in April 1992
  • July 4, 1835 Vicksburg Mississippi orders all gamblers to leave town within 24 hours or suffer the consequences. The few that didn’t leave were caught and hung.
  • July 5, 1986 The 300 member Pequot Indian tribe, in Leyland Connecticut, opens a 4 million dollar, 1700 seat bingo hall. After two years the entire loan is paid back to the Arab-American bank who gave them the original loan.
  • July 7, 1875 Joseph Jaggers, an English engineer places his first bet at roulette in the Monte Carlo casino. He is the first person to learn that roulette wheels can sometimes be “biased.” He continuously makes bets on nine specific numbers and wins over $325,000 before he quits.
  • July 14, 2000 At Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas at 1:35 p.m., the number seven came up six times in a row at Roulette Wheel #211. How much money did Roulette Table #211 lose? Hundreds of millions? Millions? Hundreds of thousands? Thousands? Nope, a mere $300! The odds of that event happening are about 3 billion to 1.
  • July 16, 1923, Mussolini, chief (duche) of the Fascist party of Italy, banned all gambling games in Italy except for lotteries.
  • July 18, 1984 The first “legal” Texas Hold’em game in California is played at the Huntington Park Casino.
  • July 20, 2006 Rainbow Casino, in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, a Native American casino, gave away free money to its guests … all of their guests. At precisely 1:00 pm, every one of the estimated 800 patrons of Rainbow Casino walked away a winner. The casino gave away $50 of free money to every patron, regardless if they were dining, gambling or conversing with friends.
  • July 24, 1942 Las Vegas hit a record high temperature of 117 degrees.

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