115 N. 1st

Las Vegas, NV


Nevada Bar

1930's-c.1953

Nevada Bar  1953 Las Vegas Directory listing
The 1944 Southern Nevada Telephone Directory showing the proprieters of the
Nevada Bar as John and Gus Corey.
Matchcover from the Nevada Bar at 115 N. 1st in downtown Las Vegas
Matchcover from the Nevada Bar at 115 N. 1st in downtown Las Vegas
Nevada Bar, Swinging Door Saloon, Lido Bar, Busy Bee Cafe Las Vegas
Photos of the Nevada Bar are rare to say the least but in the photo below you can just barely see the top of the Nevada Bar sign in the background just to the right of the traffic signal. 

Photo from Nevada Armored Transport, Inc. 1946-1984
Fuller’s Index Plus shows the dates for the Hollywood Race/Sports Book at 115 N. 1st as follows:
Hollywood (0) Race Book  9/9/1954 to ? (Richard Sheridan- deferred)
Hollywood (1) Race Book 5/10/1966 - 1/27/1981
Hollywood (2) Race  Book  10/1/1975 - 12/31/1980
Hollywood (3) Race and Sports Book 1/27/1981 - 10/24/1983
Hollywood (4) Race and Sports Book 4/5/1984 - 6/30/1985

The records of the Nevada Gaming Commision and related newspaper articles from the time show a lot of activity for this establishment. There were many people licensed and shareholders over the years.  Some are well known early Las Vegas names and some are not so well known.

There was also some interesting debates about public telephones at the location.  Today we debate on-line gambling but in the 1950's and 1960's they debated race wires and telephone communications that could affect the betting lines on races. 

115 N. 1st

Las Vegas, NV


Hollywood Race Book

Hollywood Race and Sports Book


1954-1985

There were many deferrals because the commission last month repealed a regulation requiring a first reading of applications the first meeting after filing and a second reading 30 days later. 
{Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada)  Thu, Jun 30, 1955}


July 27, 1955:  Hollywood Race Book & Sports Pool     Norbert W. Jansen: Deferred 


MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD 
August 28, 1955

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. in the State Office Building by
Chairman R. E. Cahill, with the following members present:
R. E. Cahill, Chairman
William V. Slnnott, Member
Newell F. Hancock, Member
Also present were E. Frandsen Loomis, Conmission Attorney,
Mr. William G. Gallagher, Agent in Charge, Las Vegas, and Mr. John Stratton, Office Manager.

This application was incomplete. There being no objections, it was deferred.
HOLLYWOOD SPORTS AND RACE BOOK
NEVADA SPORTS BOOK                    
SARATOGA SPORTS BOOK                    
TURF RACE BOOK
LAS VEGAS


A discussion followed concerning the action to be taken on four pending applications for race for sports pool operations in the Las Vegas area. Board members began an inquiry during the past month int operations of three such establishments already operating in the Las Vegas area. Mr. Hancock said the  results of the study to date were not conclusive yet as to showing whether the Las Vegas area can successfully absorb additional race books and sports pools. Mr. Cahill said it seemed to him only logical to wonder if existing race books and sports pool establishments aren't compelled to accept out-of-state bets to stay in business. The more you get, the more this is apt to happen. Mr. Sinnott questioned what purpose a race book serves in Nevada in the first place.

Mr. Loomis, observed, however, that race books had been legalized by the legislature and that efforts to outlaw them had failed in the session.
Mr. Cahill stated further that he personally felt that the Board ought to avoid the economic aspects of the problem and confine itself to the public interest question involved.

Mr. Sinnott made a motion, which was seconded and unanimously passed, that the Board defer the pending race and sports book applications for further clarification of the whole picture, and that Mr. Gallagher be instructed to contact the books and ask them to explain their long distance and toll charges, and that in the future the Board obtain from the licensee a waiver to enable monitoring of his business line and access to his telephone records.



Jake Newman and Norbert W. Jansen. Hollywood Sports Book, Las Vegas, deferred
Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) • Wed, Oct 26, 1955
Hollywood Race and Sports Book ad from 1959
MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD     
Thursday, July 26, 1956
                                                                                              
The meeting was called to order at 10 a. m. in the office of the Gaming Control Board, by
Chairman R. E. Cahill, with the following members presents
R. E. Cahill, Chairman
William V. Sinnott, Member                                                                                   ,
Newell F. Hancock, Member

Hollywood Race Book  Johnnie E. Lane 100% approved



MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD                                                                                                    
Thursday, August 23, 1956
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a. m., in the office of the Gaming Control Board, by
Chairman R. E. Cahill, with the following members present:
R. E. Cahill, Chairman
William V. Sinnott, Member
Newell F. Hancock, Member

Hollywood Sports Book, Las Vegas     Mel Exber and Jack Gaughan    Approved


MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD
Thursday, May 23, 1957
The meeting was called to order at 10 a. m. in the office of the Gaming Control Board, by
Chairman R. E. Cahill, with the following members present:
R. E. Cahill, Chairman
William V. Sinnott, Member
Willian G. Gallagher, Member

Hollywood Sports Book, Las Vegas    Francis J  Yates     100%  Approved


MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD
Wednesday, June 26, 1957
The meeting was called to order at 10 a. m., in the office of the Gaming Control Board, by
Chairman R. E. Cahill, with the following members present
R. E. Cahill, Chairman
William V. Sinnott, Member
William G. Gallagher, Member

Hollywood Race Book, Las Vegas    Frank Edds 3% Approved
MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD
Monday, July 21, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 10 a. m., in the office of the Gaming Control Board, with the following members present:
R. E. Cahill, Chairman William
V. Sinnott, Member William G.
Gallagher, Member

HOLLYWOOD SPORTS BOOK (CLABE F. HALL) - LAS VEGAS
Mr. Clabe F. Hall, applicant for a license at the Hollywood Sports Book, appeared before the Board to clarify misrepresentations as to the source of the money for his investment made at the time of the filing of his original application. Mr. Hall explained that he had been a victim of his eagerness to acquire the application.

Upon motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the application was approved.

Hollywood Sports Book, Las Vegas    Clabe F. Hall 100% Approved


MINUTES OF NEVADA GAMING CONTROL BOARD
Wednesday, October 22, 1958
The meeting of the Gaming Control Board was called to order at 10 a. m., in the office of the Board,
with the following members present:
R.E. Cahill, Chairman William
V. Sinnott, Member
William G. Gallagher, Member


RACEBOOK TELEPHONES
Mr. Gallagher stated that he had received an application from the Hollywood Racebook for a pay phone for the convenience of its customers. Mr. Gallagher suggested that action be withheld on this application in order that a resurvey can be made of the phone situation as related to racebooks in Nevada and a physical examination of the premises, with a report back to the Board. Board members Cahill and Sinnott concurred with this suggestion.
Preserving Gaming History
In this ad from
Ken's Spotlight on Las Vegas it shows Frank Hall and Sammy Duca running the show at the
Hollywood Sports Book during the week of
May 16, 1959.
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