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Old Tales of Nevada
1913-1955 Some famous 20th-century boxers got involved in U.S. and Mexico enterprises offering gambling, some of which, but not all, were knockouts. Jack Johnson Jack Arthur Johnson (1878-1946) was the first of the group featured here to enter the gambling arena. This world heavyweight champion between 1908 and 1915 opened and ran two nightclubs in […]
1958-1962 With their involvement in Nevada casinos behind them, Silver State residents, Clifford “Cliff” A. Jones and Jacob “Jake” Kozloff, together accrued a string of gambling enterprises in and around South America. Who They Were Kozloff (1901-1976), was a Russia-born businessman who’d owned the Lebanon Valley Brewing Company in Pennsylvania for two decades. He’d sold […]
Here are some modern day facts about gambling in the U.S., courtesy of southfloridareporter.com. Most Number of Casinos Nevada has the most casinos, 334 of them. The state legalized gambling in 1931. Oklahoma is the runner up, with 134 casinos. Gambling became legal there only in 2004. No Casinos These five states don’t have […]
Though its popularity declined since its heyday, panguingue rightfully earned a place in United States gambling history. Great, but what the heck is it? Panguingue, or pan for short, is a rummy-type gambling card game. In fact, it descends directly from conquian, the patriarch of all rummy games. Pan calls for six, seven or eight […]
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