"The Meadows," as some know this city to be, is a haven for your lucky streak or to get one started. If you're not on a roll now, you will be. YOU CAN BET ON IT! Time and time again the legality of gaming in Nevada was passed and repealed since President Lincoln formed the state of Nevada. But the gaming never left. It was always there either legally or illegally.
Two events in history paved the way for legalized gambling in Nevada once for all. The first event was "Black Tuesday," the stock market crash of 1929. The legzalization of gaming would supply the cash strapped state with much needed revenue. Secondly, it was believed that federal funding of the Hoover Dam Project would lead to intervention and crackdown of the illegal gaming activities in Nevada. So there it was on March 19, 1931, gaming was officially legal in the state of Nevada. The state was even bold enough to put a casino run by the inmates in the state prison!
The very first casinos in Nevada were built downtown, and they were usually in the back-rooms or upstairs. Today, you know this area to be the Fremont Street Experience. And legend has it that the vision of the area we know today as the Las Vegas Strip came about because a gentleman by the name of Thomas Hull had a flat tire on Las Vegas Blvd. He was astonished by all the traffic that passed him by while he was fixing his tire. Today as you meander along the Strip and stroll Downtown, you'll notice that the once barren desert with only a few back-room parlors is now your place, THE place, to win, get lucky, stay and eat for free, and beat the house! But before you can do that, you'll need to look at a few simple tips, look over some basic lingo, and of course how to play the games.