Howard Hughes

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Howard Hughes and Vegas History

Hughes suffered from OCD and Germaphobia and refused to go to the required public meeting to apply for a Nevada gaming license which was needed to own the Desert Inn the governor of Nevada pleaded with state officials to waive the public meeting requirement. The governor unanimously agreed as Howard Hughes was so rich and famous that it would be great for Las Vegas if he owned a casino.

Howard got his way and he is widely regarded as the person who got Nevada to change the gaming laws so that the owners of the casino did not have to go through a background check this made it possible for public corporations to own Nevada casinos.

Because it is impossible to investigate all the shareholders of a large public corporation along with the FBI and the better authorities cracking down on the mob this ushered in the corporate takeover of the Las Vegas Strip in the late 1970s.

Howard Hughes then told his right-hand man Robert Mayhew to buy as many Vegas casinos as he can Howard went on a buying spree and bought, Castaways, The Frontier club, The Landmark casino and The Sands.

 

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