The History of U.S.Casinos
The history of casino gaming in the United States has been a long and colorful one. Gambling plays a big part in the history of America, from the beginning of the colonies, even to the events in the Wild West. Gambling also existed in the underground during periods of being banned, and a whole lot more. The usual regulations concerning gambling have changed as time passes by, with controlling restrictions in gambling that have been made possible by relaxing the gambling laws a little. The usual attitude towards the games have been different and varied since the days of the early American Colonies. The Puritan-founded colonies, as would've been expected, were the least tolerant towards all games of dice, cards, and just plain gaming, in general.
The colonies that were founded by the English colonizers were a little more tolerant, regarding games, and they were allowed as a legal past time in those days. By the early 1800's, gambling, and even gaming establishments, became the center for playing, and casinos and parlors across the state of New Orleans helped evolve the games that grew in the Wild West, like Poker and Blackjack. During the gold rush, in the State of California, gambling was rampant, and was allowed by authorities in the area. The government had even established offices to regulate and issue licenses for parlors who wanted to offer this kind of activity.
While the state of Louisiana was the top destination for gaming activities in the United States for about four decades, San Francisco grabbed that spot away, and became the main gaming destination, heavily influenced by the success of The Great Gold Rush. After the time of the 1850 Gold Rush, the State of California eventually criminalized gambling, slowly but surely. Gambling remained legal in the state of Nevada until the year 1910, but casino activity never reached the level it was able to acheive in San Francisco.
Although gambling had been increasingly outlawed in a lot of states, it did continue, but it was kept underground. It became, once again, legalized in 1931 in the state of Nevada, and with low-stakes bingo elsewhere around the country. Many years later casino establishments started rising up in Atlantic City, and on the reservations of American Indian Tribes. As the years have passed, it has spread all over the country. Riverboat casinos started becoming a major tourist destination and popping up on major rivers that surround many states, just like in Mississippi in the early 1800s.