In the Month of September

  • Sept. 1, 1956 The first scientific study of the mathematical odds of blackjack is written by Roger Baldwin, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel, and James McDermott and published in the September issue of the Journal of American Statistical Association.
  • Sept. 2, 1911 born, William (Bill) Fisk Harrah, in South Pasadena, a businessman and the founder of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos Empire.
  • Sept. 7, 1994 The $70 million Fremont Street Experience opens in Las Vegas. The covered four-city block predestine walk has different overhead light and sound shows every evening.
  • Sept. 8, 1953 Born, Stuey “The Kid” Ungar in Manhattan New York City. The only three-time winner of the WSOP main event.
  • Sept. 13, 1951 A popular singer and teen idol named Frank Sinatra makes his Las Vegas debut in the Painted Desert showroom at the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino.
  • Sept. 15, 2005 Elmer Sherwin wins $21,147,947.31 on a Megabucks slot machine at the Cannery in North Las Vegas. Sherwin also won a $4.6 million Megabucks jackpot at The Mirage on Nov. 22, 1989.
  • Sept. 17, 1920 National Football League is first established.
  • Sept. 26, 2006 founders J. Russell Deleon and Ruth Parasol are tied for the 197th on Forbes’ annual list of the 400 richest Americans with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion each.
  • Sept. 27, 2006 A gang of thieves hold up security van transporting cash from the Mount Parns Casino in Athens, Greece and make away with an estimated 1.6 million euros (1.9 million US$).
  • Sept. 28, 1998 A contest was held in Las Vegas to “Name The Castle” which was under construction on the Las Vegas strip. The “Excalibur” name was selected and $25,000 was awarded to the person who submitted it.
  • Sept. 29, 1961 Fidel Castro declares casinos in Cuba to be illegal and closes all of them.

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