Harrah's Las Vegas

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Coordinates: 36°7′7.3″N 115°10′6.4″W / 36.118694°N 115.168444°W / 36.118694; -115.168444

Harrah’s Las Vegas
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Address 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Opening date 1973
Theme Carnival
No. of rooms 2,677
Total gaming space 86,664 sq ft (8,051.3 m2)
Permanent shows Legends In Concert, Mac King, Defending the Caveman
Signature attractions Carnaval Court
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Previous names Holiday Casino
Years renovated 1997
Website www.harrahslasvegas.com

Harrah's Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The property is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Harrah's has over 1,200 slot machines.

The hotel offers 2,677 rooms with an attached casino providing 86,664 sq ft (8,051.3 m2) of space. The hotel consists of several towers, the tallest of which has 35 stories.

There is a Las Vegas Monorail stop at the rear of the property, and a shuttle to the Caesars Entertainment Corp.-owned Rio.

History[edit]

The Harrah's sign

In 1973, Shelby and Claudine Williams, former owners of the Silver Slipper casino, opened the Holiday Casino, a small casino in front of the Holiday Inn Las Vegas Center Strip.[1][2]

In 1979, Holiday Inn bought a 40% share of the casino's parent company, Riverboat Inc.[3] By 1982, the hotel had grown to over 1,000 rooms, making it the largest in the chain.[4] Holiday Inn bought out the remaining 60% in 1983.[5]

In 1992, the property was renamed Harrah's.

In 1997, Harrah's completed a renovation intended to make it the company's flagship property, replacing the old riverboat theme with a Mardi Gras/Carnival motif.[6] They extended the 35 story tower by adding 986 rooms. Included in the renovations were six 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) 23-karat gold-leaf sculptures. Built from steel and glass reinforced polyester resin, the sculptures stand 32 ft (9.8 m) high and wear size 43 shoes.

At the grand re-opening Harry Connick, Jr. entertained at the Carnival Court. Tino Wallenda, son of legendary tight-rope walker Karl Wallenda, walked 139 ft (42 m) across a 1-inch (25 mm) steel cable, 99 ft (30 m) above the ground. Celebrities also appeared included Sidney Poitier, Sandra Bullock, Minnie Driver, Stephen Baldwin, Lea Thompson, Dick Butkus and Steve Wynn.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ West, Jinnae (13 June 2009). "Claudine Williams: 1921-2009: Gaming pioneer remembered for honesty, education work". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Obituaries / Claudine Williams, 1921 - 2009". Los Angeles Times. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Holiday Inns buys interest in Vegas site". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 11 April 1979. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Moskowitz, Milton (20 July 1982). "Holiday Inn parlays casinos into cash". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Schwartz, David G. (2007). "7". Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling. Penguin. 
  6. ^ Calkins, Alison (17 May 1996). "Harrah's joins growth". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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