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Nevada State Prison casino relegated to history

Before receiving a gambling license, an applicant must undergo a thorough investigation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. People are routinely rejected if they have a criminal history or have associated with unsavory characters.

So then, how did inmates at the Nevada State Prison - every one of them a convicted criminal - operate their own casino for 35 years?

Blackjack, craps, poker, gin rummy, even sports betting were available as recreational activities for inmates at the state's maximum security prisons between 1932 and 1967.

Inmates operated the "Bullpen," a stone building converted into a casino, on the grounds of …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Dec 5, 2010 01:59AM Published Dec 5, 2010 01:57AM Copyright 2010 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.