Bill's Casino Lake Tahoe
|Bill's Casino Lake Tahoe|
|Address||15 Hwy 50
Stateline, Nevada 89449
|Opening date||July 1, 1987|
|Closing date||January 4, 2010|
|Total gaming space||16,500 sq ft (1,530 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Tahoe Tattoo|
|Previous names||Harrah's Sports Casino, Barneys|
|Years renovated||2006, 2011-2012|
Bill's Lake Tahoe, was a small Lake Tahoe casino in Stateline, Nevada operated by and connected to next-door Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Bill's opened during the 50th Anniversary of Harrah's in 1987 and is named in honor of Bill Harrah. There was no hotel, although there was an on-site tattoo parlor. Bill's also hosted UFC pay per view fights at all of its bars. In January 2007, Bill's became the only non-smoking casino in Tahoe. After years of business decline, Bill's Casino closed its doors for good January 4, 2010.
The site and surrounding parcels of land were purchased in March 2010 for US$5.22 million with the intention of turning the site into a strip club. It was later reported that the site would be transformed into a mall including a pharmacy, a jewelery store, a tattoo studio, a Pilates studio, a clothing store, another casino and a restaurant and bar.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported on a safe was discovered behind a false wall during renovations during August 2011. On August 23, a posting on reddit by the son of the purchaser of Bill's casino prematurely stated the opening of the safe will be documented on reddit. The Oprah Winfrey Network gained exclusive access to the opening of the safe for the TV show Found, that is in development and the broadcast date is not known. The safe was opened 14 Sep 2011 in the presence of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigator, but did not find anything relevant to an investigation.
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- "Tahone Daily Tribune : Lawyer proposes strip club in South Tahoe casino corridor". Retrieved 2011-08-25.
- "The Star: Mysterious safe to be opened Tuesday as Oprah Network producers look on". Retrieved 2011-08-26.
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