Game Nevada’s formative years
Although the city of Carson was buzzing with political activity as Nevada provided its first decades of statehood, the real action of the new state’s life was a few miles northeast on the slopes of the sun’s mountain.
There, the gold miners of the state were busy inventing methods to extract and refine the silver and gold for the Comstock.
Their success meant that Comstock, gold mining and the lifestyle that went with it was to dominate Nevada’s history for years to come.
A prohibition help up as it has done most of the other states — no lottery has been licensed by Nevada nor the sale of lottery tickets would be allowed.
Between 1869 and 1907, many changes in regulations and taxes were made, with the main concern being where and when the game could be conducted to go to the state and all other taxes to the countries.
In 1871 and 1881, Nevada’s benevolent association was authorized to conduct raffles and gift concerts.
For those with cash, playing bloomed until 1910, despite a serious depression that began in 1880 with the decline of Comstock’s Lode.
Nevada gamblers have still harvested their chips in the back rooms of hundreds of small saloons throughout the state.
In 1990, Jim Butler, occasional miner, new discoveries of gold and silver in the hills of southwestern Nevada.
By the months, hundreds of prospectors who poured into the area matched the Butler’s discovery with their own, and Nevada was once again the subject of the big gold rushes.
Tonopah and Goldfield became the new centers of mining activity and with the miners came a renaissance of the rough-and-fall lifestyle Nevada had known so well.
In 1909, there was a turnabout — total prohibition — all forms of gambling were again prohibited, the law to enter in October 1910 into effect. The violation was now a crime and the doors could be broken down to seize the equipment.
It was a repetition of the experience in the 1860s, during which playing, for four years, had been officially illegal, although in fact it was widespread.
Gamblers were still around; they were more discreet only. All that really happened is a loss of income from the lack of tax receipts and authorization.
One of the reasons Nevada citizens tolerated the new gambling relaxation law so well was that virtually all of it assumed it would soon be repealed.
On the recommendation of the regulator, the legislature relaxed the restrictions on play; social games could be played for drinks, cigars, or other prizes whose value did not exceed $ 2.
Also games were allowed where the deal changed after each hand. The operators were required to have permissions.
During these years, laws and their enforcement became less effective and illegal operations have increased and begun to take business from legal enterprises.
This caused a decrease in states and local license fees.