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What Did Casinos Look Like In The 70s?

Can you believe that the start of the 70s was 50 years ago? It's hard to believe that 2020 marked the 50-year anniversary since the darling decade began. While the world has seen plenty of change over that span, casinos have also undergone a change as well.

Gaming spots took off around the 1950s, blossomed in the 1960s, and became a regular destination in the lone gambling state. At the time, Nevada was the only state in the US where casino gambling was legal. What did that look like 50 years ago?

The Fade

There was no such thing as playsugarhouse, unibet, or any type of online gambling back in the day. These times you had to actually gamble inside the casino. During that time, it developed organized crime and the mob. It was actually this decade that saw Las Vegas develop a reputation that took over 30 years to recover from.

Due to a crackdown on organized crime, the mob's money vanished and it saw casinos lose a good bulk of revenue. Vegas went from being a focal point of the rich and began to lose its former glory. Luckily in 1976, gambling was stretched to the east coast. Atlantic City in New Jersey legalized gambling and two years later saw its first casino: the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

The Benefits

As gambling stretched to Atlantic City, other states considered offering gaming as a supplemental income. Many saw that the financial benefits of having a casino could help pump money into expansion and renovation projects. To put it into perspective, Nevada casinos hauled in a record $1.4 billion from gamblers during the fiscal year ending this past June.

Back then, casinos were integrated with the hotels, so that patrons could sleep, drink, and gamble all in one spot. In Nevada, you can still smoke in most casinos, which was also a beneficial ploy in bringing in customers. While many of the art, lights, and images have changed, not much in terms of the traditional gambling model has altered.

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The Entertainment

As you can assume, Vegas casinos were the capital of shows. In the 1970s, Elvis Presley was a hit. The King of Rock n Roll was the man of singing songs Vegas. One of his hits included "an ode to Sin City." His on state personality also helped draw in fans. Another great showman during this time included "The Voice" Tom Jones. The baritone performer reached such a height during the 1960s that he was continuously brought back during the following decade.

The shows weren't the only entertainment value the casinos offered. Texas Hold'em was introduced in the 1970s and became a hit. The main event was originally a $10,000 buy-in and former legendary poker player Doyle Bruson won the event in back-to-back years. Even to this day, you can still watch poker championships on ESPN. Thanks to the 70s and the casinos in Vegas, we get to enjoy that yearly tournament.  

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