|MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa|
|Address||55 US Highway 50
|No. of rooms||437|
|Total gaming space||40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2)|
|Notable restaurants||Ciera Steak + Chophouse|
|Owner||Tropicana Entertainment (Casino/Hotel)
Edgewood Companies (Landowners)
|Previous names||Park Tahoe
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, located in Stateline, Nevada, is owned and operated by Tropicana Entertainment. The property includes a 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) casino and a 437-room hotel on a 21-acre (8.5 ha) site. Montbleu is home to the AAA 4-Diamond Award Winning restaurant Ciera Steak + Chophouse.
The casino first opened in 1978 as the Park Tahoe, built by Park Cattle Co. Caesars World took over the next year under a 25-year lease, with options to extend it another 50 years. Caesars agreed to spend $40 million to complete construction of the hotel portion of the property, which was renamed as Caesars Tahoe Palace, and later simply Caesars Tahoe. In line with the Caesars name, the property was remodeled with a Roman theme.
The hotel was known for its entertainment offerings, over the years playing host to Dean Martin, Cher, Mac Davis and Tony Bennett. In its later years, its showroom was graced by Rosie O'Donnell and many other headlining comics and big names. Celebrities like Michael Jordan, Randy Quaid, Kenny Rogers would play in the casino. Caesars was also the host hotel and title sponsor of the American Century Championship golf games at nearby Edgewood Golf course every July, until 2004. After Caesars sold the hotel in 2005, the title sponsorship and host switched to Harrah's/Harveys Casinos. Also, in its earlier years, Caesars Tahoe was home to title fights from championship names.
Caesars Entertainment sold the resort in June 2005 for $45 million to Columbia Sussex, owner of the nearby Horizon Casino. It was one of a series of sales made by Caesars and Harrah's to avoid anti-trust issues with their proposed merger. Columbia Sussex rebranded the property as MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in May 2006. After the bankruptcy of Columbia's gaming businesses, MontBleu became part of the reorganized Tropicana Entertainment Inc. in March 2010.
MontBleu stands as one of only three North American casinos to feature the Sigma Derby gambling game and is the only casino to feature more than one unit at a single location.
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