The Mob Museum Celebrates 90 Years of Legalized Gambling with Two-Part Series

(Artwork Courtesy of The Mob Museum)

MARCH 11, 25


The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates 90 years of legalized gambling with a two-part series: “‘Wide Open’: 90 Years of Legal Gambling in Nevada.” This pair of milestone anniversary events will feature experts on the turbulent, Mob-influenced history of the state’s casino industry. Advance interviews with presenters and limited media spaces at both events are available.

For “Part One: Becoming America’s Playground, 1931-1960,” Michael Green and Geoff Schumacher will chart the gambling industry’s rise from legalization in 1931 through its Mob-controlled golden age of the 1950s. Note this event is SOLD OUT for the public but will be livestreamed online.

For “Part Two: Becoming a Global Destination, 1961-2021,” David G. Schwartz and Alan Feldman will trace gaming’s evolution from the themed resorts of the 1960s through the megaresort era starting in the 1990s.


  • Michael Green, an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is the author of numerous books on the history of Nevada and Las Vegas, including “Nevada: A History of the Silver State” and “Las Vegas: A Centennial History.” He is also a member of The Mob Museum’s board of directors.
  • Geoff Schumacher is the vice president of exhibits and programs for The Mob Museum. A longtime journalist and author, Schumacher’s books on Las Vegas history include “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue” and “Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas.”
  • David G. Schwartz, professor and associate vice provost for Faculty Affairs at UNLV, studies gambling and casinos, video games, Las Vegas, tourism and higher education. Schwartz has authored several books, including “Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas,” “Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling” and “Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City.”
  • Alan Feldman is one of the world’s leading experts on responsible gaming. As Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming for UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, Feldman develops programs and policies to advance related knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community. Feldman spent nearly 30 years in the gaming industry with MGM Resorts.

Part one:
Thursday, March 11
7 to 8:30 p.m.
This event is sold out but will be livestreamed.

Part Two:
Thursday, March 25
7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Mob Museum’s historic courtroom on the second floor.
300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Reservations are required. Part one is sold out. Click here to RSVP for part two.

To watch a livestream of part one of this event, click on the “Watch” button here. To watch a livestream of part two of this event, click on the “Watch” button here.

To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, all guests are required to wear face coverings. All personnel of The Mob Museum have a comprehensive public safety operational plan to follow which can be found here.

For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and No. 1 in the 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit or download the Museum’s free mobile app.


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