Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
|Gansevoort Las Vegas|
|Address||3595 Las Vegas Blvd South|
|Opening date||March 2, 1979 (as Barbary Coast)
March 1, 2007 (as Bill's)
|Closing date||February 4, 2013 (as Bill's)|
|No. of rooms||198|
|Total gaming space||17,200 sq ft (1,600 m2)|
|Previous names||Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino
|Years renovated||2001, 2007, 2014|
Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon, previously the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino, is a closed hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned by Caesars Entertainment. It closed on February 4, 2013 to be remodeled as a luxury boutique hotel. The property was planned to be renamed as the Gansevoort Las Vegas, but that name was dropped due to regulatory concerns about the company from which the Gansevoort name was licensed.
The casino was built by Michael Gaughan and opened in March 1979 at a cost of $11.5 million. Over time, this property, along with others owned by Gaughan would become Coast Casinos Inc. Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst.
In July 2005, the Barbary Coast was bought by Boyd Gaming.
In September 2005, Boyd purchased the 4.3 acres (1.7 ha) of land under the hotel for $16 million. The hotel had previously been leasing the land.
In 2007, Boyd gave the Barbary Coast to Harrah's Entertainment in exchange for the 24-acre (9.7 ha) site of the demolished Westward Ho, to be used for the Echelon Place project. The Barbary Coast closed at 2AM on February 27 and reopened on March 1, newly rebranded as Bill's Gamblin Hall and Saloon, in honor of company founder Bill Harrah.
After nearly six years of continuous operations, Bill's closed on February 4, 2013 for renovation into a boutique hotel. Plans call for remodeling of the guest rooms and casino floor, a new restaurant, and construction of a 65,000 square foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub.
Caesars announced in March 2013 that the hotel would be renovated at a cost of $185 million and converted to an outpost of the New York-based Gansevoort Hotels chain of boutique luxury hotels, with 188 rooms, a 40,000 square foot casino, and a 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor beach club/nightclub overseen by Victor Drai. In October 2013, however, the agreement with Gansevoort was terminated, and Caesars said that it would continue the redevelopment of Bill's without the Gansevoort name. The move came after Massachusetts gambling regulators recommended denying Caesars a license for a proposed casino at the Suffolk Downs racetrack, due to alleged connections between Gansevoort investor Arik Kislin and the Russian mafia.
Though the property is owned and operated by Caesars and promotes other Caesars shows and facilities, Bill's did not operate under Caesars' Total Rewards program.
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