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Quick Fact – Rural Gambling Ban

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Due to the 1953 scandal in Wells, Nevada, the state tax commissioners in June 1954 prohibited open gambling in the town of Jackpot, just south of the Nevada-Idaho border along U.S. Route 93.

They worried that gambling 1) couldn’t be policed easily in that remote area and 2) might cause resentment among Twin Falls residents because Idaho had outlawed its only legal gambling — slot machines — earlier that year.

In July, Nevada banned gambling, too, in Wells (further south on the 93).

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