"Tolerating" Gambling

Stop 2 of 9 in the Early 20th-Century Gaming in the Free State of Jefferson tour

"Although gambling is, strictly speaking, illegal, these places are usually open for business from dusk to dawn." --New Orleans City Guide, 1938

"There was a lot of gambling; it was tolerated. I guess more than tolerated because it was so wide open, so blatant." Hank Staples, Interview with Dr. Mizell-Nelson, 2009.

"They had a sheriff out that way [Arabi], who had his own place. He had chips that had his initials on it." Al Kleindienst, Interview, 11/12/12

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Louisiana State Sheriffs Literally Turning Their Backs on Slot Machines at Brunie's Restaurant.

Louisiana State Sheriffs Literally Turning Their Backs on Slot Machines at Brunie's Restaurant.

"One of the largest events held in the restaurant was the luncheon of the Louisiana State Sheriffs Association on April 6th, 1938, during the Association's convention which was held in Gretna. Sheriff Frank J. Clancy of Jefferson Parish was the host of the convention and lunch. As gambling was wide open in Jefferson Parish at that time, a number of slot machines and other gambling paraphernalia occupied space in the restaurant. Herman inquired as to what disposition should be made of the devices and was told by the Sheriff to cover the machines with a table cloth during the luncheon." Finstuen, Kleindienst, Marshall & Marshall. Delta Nights: Nola. Page 6. View File Details Page

Listing of Night Clubs from 1949 City Directory.

Listing of Night Clubs from 1949 City Directory.

This image from the 1949 City Directory shows a listing for clubs well-known for illegal gaming, listed as "Clubs-Night." Even though the gaming was illegal, the clubs were established enough to have a listing in the city directory. Image Courtesy of Al Kleindienst. 1949 New Orleans City Directory. View File Details Page

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Christina Lawrence, “"Tolerating" Gambling,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 24, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/441.
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