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How Gambler Benny Binion Built Vegas As We Know It

Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the world. When you look at this Nevada city, it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t been there since the dawn of time.

But not even a hundred years back, Las Vegas looked nothing like its modern version.

It was a small settlement before the Hoover Dam construction that started in 1930.

Thousands of people came to the area looking for work, creating a perfect environment for what would become Sin City over the next few decades.

The city, largely populated by men who spent their days working and were looking for something to help them blow off steam in the night, offered many business opportunities.

But someone had to get the ball rolling – and that someone was Benny Binion.


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