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New casino likely would be tamer than in past

A roulette wheel still stands on the second floor of the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A roulette wheel still stands on the second floor of the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs.
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When it came to the illegal table gambling of the 1930s and 1940s, there was a general axiom: What happens in the Spa City stays in the Spa City. Gambling halls and clubs operated nearly unfettered from the end of World War I until a nationwide crackdown was launched during the early 1950s. During their heyday, the operations pulled in notorious mobsters, big-name celebrities and a black economy that seemed to radiate money throughout the ...

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