1974-1980 A revolt of the performers — athletes in this case — threatened to close a popular attraction at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas — jai alai. Unique to the Strip at the time, it was designed as part of the Nevada resort’s entertainment package to lure visitors into the casino. Jai alai (jai meaning festival and alai, merry in Spanish) is a court game in which players use a long hand-shaped basket strapped to their wrist to propel a ball against a wall. In Spain ...Read More
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A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe
Turbulent and troubled describe the origins of the Nevada hotel-casino that today operates as the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Built on a whim in a sparsely populated town, the property evolved through various iterations and owners, including Kings Castle, headed by the colorful gambler, Nathan Jacobson.
The lure of success and casino profits drove the proprietors to do anything to make the property thrive. This was despite great odds, such as financing woes, local opposition, legal entanglements and mob interest.
The story, unearthed from interviews, newspaper articles, and gaming, court, real estate and other records, is yet another chip in the stack that is Nevada's compelling gambling history.
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Did You Know?
Today A casino is a place that houses and facilitates various gambling forms, according to the English, but a casino or kasino is an officers’ mess hall to the Germans, Spanish and others. In Italian, the language of origin, the word derives from casa (house) and translates to little ...Read More