• THEN AND NOW: 23 photos of iconic casinos

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    From Monaco and Italy to the Las Vegas Strip, famous casinos around the world weren't always the over-the-top, slot-machine-filled giants we know today.
    The first casino was the Casinó di Venezia in Venice, Italy. It's been operating since the 17th century and now sits along the Grand Canal in Venice , where visitors can ride up in style on a gondola.
    In 1931, following the Great Depression and construction of the Hoover Dam, Nevada became the only state in the US where casino gambling was legal. One of Las Vegas's first casinos was the Golden Nugget Saloon, built in 1946.
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