At the end of the reformed-busy century politicians took direct aim at the casino game throughout the United States.
Public opinion has been molded by religious leaders who have set the rebirth movement together to show this traveled country preaching against the evils of gambling and drinking.
These religious meetings were held under large tents, described reformed players who gave keen testimonials about the chicanery and crookedness of “sports life”.
In cities from New York to San Francisco, reform administrations spurred by religious leaders have closed gaming casinos.
Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and New Orleans all looted gaming operations. Hot Springs, Arkansas, known as the “Midwest Monte Carlo,” have had several gaming clubs that have offered faro, roulette, poker, dice, and slot machines.
In 1910, Judge Woods, chose on a pledge to rid the hot springs of “gambling underworld”, all closed casinos.
The French lick, Indiana, long known as an open gambling city, severely restricted the operation of its numerous casinos.
The course of gambling reform in Canton, Ohio, is typical of what has happened in many places. In 1911, two traveling preachers, Quinn and Ashby, convinced township officials that gambling was rampant in their city.
Officials ruled over the sheriff, who responded by looting two of the largest gambling halls. According to police reports, several gambling paraphernalia were taken to the dump and burned.
After a few months, the looted casinos reopened to business as usual.
Reverend Recard, pastor of the United Brothers Church, described local conditions that play is the unfathomable hoof in the city known as the township.
The city is known among the good and wise at the ends of the earth as McKinley’s home.
Quinn and Ashby returned to the township and fixed evidence of continued gambling. Canton again convinced council members to act, and the sheriff was ordered to “clean up the city”.
Later, ninety gambling arrests were made; the operators, convinced of the resolution of the council, closed their casinos and left town.
Local often incited state legislatures of reform efforts to ban or restrict gambling. In 1907, New Mexico and Arizona passed the state anti-gambling laws that banned even the card playing at home .
Nevada followed suit, banning playing everything in 1910. Past bills passed from New York, California, Missouri, Illinois, and Alabama legislatures to facilitate action against illegal gambling operators.
Bet-A-million gates (who once had bet on the number of flies lighting up on a sugar cube) once echoed a generally accepted view of gambling involvement during a speech before the Methodist church in Left Arthur, Texas, December 5, 1909.
The report of the doors was, ‘do not play. Do not play cards. Do not bet on horse races. Do not speculate in wheat. Do not speculate on the stock exchange. Do not discard the dice. Do not shrink honest work. Do not be a player. ‘
Has unleashed the last report to the religious conclave, however, prophetic proved for the American public: “Once a player, always a player. “