The Gambling Boom Of San Francisco

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Although, there weren’t as many tales of quick draw disputes over card games in San Francisco as the city had a reputation for fair games. In fact, the gambling establishments of San Francisco had an air of refinement as the card dealers were required to wear professionally attire. Also, San Francisco was one of the first cities in the west to feature female card dealers. According to the Annals of San Francisco:

“Gambling was the essential amusement -- the grand occupation of many classes. Judges and clergymen, physicians and advocates, merchants and clerks, tradesmen, mechanics, laborers, miners, and farmers, all adventurers in their kind--everyone elbowed his way to the gaming table, and unblushingly threw down his golden or silver stake.”

The gambling boom in San Francisco was frenzied as the gold rush ensued. “El Dorado” was the first gambling business in San Francisco. It was a 15 x 25 foot tent that began business in 1848. By 1850, there were over 1,000 gambling houses. “El Dorado” was later constructed into a four story brick building gambling house and it rented for $40,000 a year during the gambling boom. San Francisco had licensed all of the gambling halls in the city and collected a percentage of the revenue up until 1855 when California law banned most open forms of gambling. However, the ban did very little to reduce the overall amount of wagering action. It just became less visible. It also opened the door to a different form of gambling that was…

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