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Had you walked into the staid Palo Alto Golf and Country Club during the annual “Riverboat Jamboree” in the early 1960s, you might have thought it was Harold’s Club Casino in Reno. Players crouched at blackjack tables shooters tossed dice at the crap tables, and the whir of roulette wheels and clatter of slot machines rose above the babble of the crowd. Croupiers costumed in the regalia of Mississippi riverboats raked in greenbacks and banjo bands and dancing girls entertained. You came “aboard” this colorful scene of green felt and greenbacks via a “gangplank.”