Major milestones in commercial casino-style gaming



Gambling legalized in Nevada


Video keno legalized in Montana


Resorts International is the first casino to open in Atlantic City on May 26


Video poker legalized in Montana


In October, the South Dakota Lottery is the first U.S. lottery to implement video lottery terminals
In November, the first casinos open in Deadwood, South Dakota
The Mirage opens on the Las Vegas Strip in November, setting  the standard for casino resort properties for years to come


Mountaineer Park in West Virginia becomes the first racetrack to offer gaming machines with a limited test of 165 machines


The first riverboat casinos in the U.S. debuted April 1, based in Bettendorf, Davenport and Dubuque, Iowa
In September, Illinois’ first riverboat casino opens in Alton
In October, 11 casinos open in Colorado in the mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek


The Oregon Lottery launches video lottery terminals in April
In August, the first riverboat casinos open in Mississippi
Video poker begins at Louisiana racetracks
The Rhode Island Lottery launches VLTs at two pari-mutuel facilities in September


The first Louisiana riverboat casino opens in Lake Charles


Missouri begins riverboat gaming with four facilities opening in July
In July, Hollywood Park in California is the first American racetrack to open a cardroom
In September, three West Virginia racetracks launch gaming machines


In March, Iowa’s first racetrack casinos open
Indiana opens its first riverboat casino in December, the Casino Aztar in Evansville
Delaware’s first racetrack casino with VLTs opens in December


New Mexico’s first racetrack casino opens in February
On July 29, MGM Grand Detroit is the first of three casinos to open in Michigan
Harrah’s New Orleans, the only land-based casino in Louisiana, opens in October


West Virginia launches VLTs at bars and clubs in January
In February, slot machines at racetracks debut in Louisiana


New York’s first racetrack casino opens in January
In December, Prairie Meadows is the first racetrack to offer table games in addition to slot machines


Oklahoma opens its first racetrack casino in October
In November, Bangor Raceway in Maine becomes the state’s first and only racetrack casino
Hurricane Katrina destroys the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast casino industry


In November, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the first slot facility to open in Pennsylvania
Electronic games of skill are implemented at Arkansas racetracks in November
The first South Florida racetrack opens its slot machine casino in November


In December, the first table games are added to racetrack casinos in West Virginia


Indiana’s two racetracks open their slot casinos


In December, Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City becomes Kansas’ first casino


In May, Harrington Raceway is Delaware’s first racetrack to add table games to its slot casino
In July, table games are added to the slot casinos in Pennsylvania
Maryland’s first slot casino opens in Perryville in September


Ohio's first casino opens in Cleveland in May
In October, video lottery terminals debut in Illinois


Maryland adds table games to its casinos beginning in March
Nevada launches the first Internet poker site in the U.S. in April
Delaware launches Internet casino gaming October 31
New Jersey launches Internet casino gaming in November


Massachusetts' first casino opens at Plainridge Park in June


In December, New York's first full commercial casino opens at Tioga Downs


Last updated on December 10, 2016