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Nevada Government & Politics
World War II & Post-War

Gaming Control

Gambling in casinos throughout the state, like the Nevada Club in Sparks in 1944, became an important part of Nevada's economy in the years after World War II.  State government needed to make more rules and regulations controlling gambling in Nevada.  In 1955 the Legislature created the State Gaming Control Board.

The Gaming Control Board has the power to investigate the people who apply for a license to operate a gambling establishment in Nevada.  This was a response to the U.S. Senate investigation of Nevada casinos connections to organized crime, such as the Mafia.  In 1959, the law was altered and the Nevada Gaming Commission was created.  The State Gaming Control Board still checked on people involved in gambling as well as the casinos they owned.

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Nevada State Library and Archives