The first recorded gambling practices dates to 2300 BC. Although, not in its modern form, gambling entertainment was enjoyed by the Ancient Greeks, and as we all know it has become such a fashionable way to pass time that it has even taken the online world by storm. Gambling, as we know it, evolved from the very first casino that opened in 1638.
Below are the institutions that have left a lasting mark in the history pages.
It seems only fair the casino that spawned the casinos of Vegas is on the list. Pair-O-Dice was opened in 1930 as a speakeasy serving illegal alcohol and hosting illegal gambling. Its success sparked the development of what is today known as The Vegas Strip. Pair-O-Dice was rebranded in 1939, so you’re forgiven for not knowing it existed.
Who doesn’t know the Moulin Rouge? Okay we all know the movie, but the real Moulin Rouge, okay not the original Moulin Rouge in Paris, but the famous hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Notably one of the first casinos that did not implement segregation, the Moulin Rouge opened in 1955. Its development cost upwards of $3.5 million, and the building still stands today. It is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
The Constanta Casino in Romania went through several incarnations after it first opened to take bets in 1910. It served as a hospital during WWII and became a restaurant after. Built in a stunning Art Nouveau style the building officially closed in 1990. The grand staircase and several ballrooms with their dusty chandeliers stand empty and abandoned.
Romania’s very own Monte Carlo has now gone to ruin, but it left a long and illustrious legacy.
Haludovo Palace Hotel, Krk, Croatia
The hotel was built in 1971, but the casino, the Penthouse Adriatic Club, was built by the founder of Penthouse magazine, Bob Guccione, in 1972. As quickly as it opened, it closed a year later and it seemed Guccione was better off sticking to scantily clad ladies!
The Riviera, Las Vegas
‘The Riv’, as it was affectionately known, was open from 1955 to 2015. The Riviera went bankrupt numerous times during its 60 years of operations and was eventually demolished in 2015. From its inception proposed by, Detroit mobster, William Bischoff to its management under Bugsy Siegel, it was one of the few vestiges of true mob-run businesses on the Strip.
Luckily, we got to see the Riviera in all her glory in movies such as Oceans 11 and Diamonds are Forever.
The Bokor Casino, Cambodia
The Bokor casino was built to accommodate the French elite who struggled with the Cambodian climate. It opened its doors in 1922, but it came with a harsh price, as over 2000 Cambodians workers lost their lives during its construction. Today, tigers and ghosts alone visit the remnants of this once luxurious hideaway.