Palace Station

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Palace Station
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Address 2411 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Opening date July 1, 1976
No. of rooms 1,028[1]
Total gaming space 84,000 sq ft (7,800 m2)
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Station Casinos
Years renovated 1999,

2010

Website Palace Station

Palace Station is a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a locals casino that is owned and operated by Station Casinos and has 1,053 rooms. Palace Station has a large Asian customer base due to its 10 mini-baccarat tables and 2 full size baccarat tables, and because of its location near Chinatown.

History[edit]

In 1976, Frank Fertitta, Jr., a former general manager at the Fremont, and his two partners,[2] opened The Casino, a 5,000 sq ft gambling hall attached to a Mini Price Motor Inn, in an off-Strip location where few observers expected it to succeed.[3] In 1977, he added bingo and renamed the property as the Bingo Palace.[3] The casino was the first to target a clientele of local residents with offerings like giveaways, cheap buffets, and bingo.[4][5] It thrived, and Fertitta soon bought out his partners' shares.[2] Other locals casinos like Sam's Town and the Gold Coast followed in later years.[4]

In 1984, the Bingo Palace was expanded and remodeled with a railroad theme, and renamed to the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.[6] The grand opening ceremony was held on April 6, featuring Governor Richard Bryan and the historic locomotive Inyo.[7] The next year, Fertitta purchased the adjoining 465-room motel.[8] A 21-story hotel tower and high-rise parking garage were added in 1990, bringing the room count to 1,041.[6]

In 1993, Fertitta bought the land for what would become Boulder Station, the beginning of an expansion that would grow Station Casinos into a billion dollar company. But Fertitta left the firm that same year, turning management over to his sons when it went public.

The hotel has seen its share of accidents and misadventures, including a cashier's cage robbery in 1992,[9] a 21st-floor fire caused by lightning in 1998,[10] an armored car robbery in the parking lot in 2009,[11] and most notoriously, the 2007 robbery of sports memorabillia by O.J. Simpson and his associates.[12]

Early in 2009, Improv Vegas opened at the Bonkerz Comedy Club which was renamed from the Sound Trax lounge.[13][14] The tower rooms have recently been remodeled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Las Vegas Hotel Accommodations". Station Casinos. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b Simich, Jerry (2005). The peoples of Las Vegas: one city, many faces. University of Nevada Press. pp. 155–156. ISBN 978-0-87417-616-2. 
  3. ^ a b Powers, Ashley (23 August 2009). "Frank Fertitta Jr. dies at 70; pioneer of Las Vegas' neighborhood casinos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Benston, Liz (23 December 2005). "Neighborhood Draw". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Snedeker, Lisa (19 December 2001). "Las Vegas gambling empire catering to locals with bingo, parking spaces". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Gottdiener, Mark (1999). Las Vegas: the social production of an all-American city. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 204–205. ISBN 978-1-57718-137-8. 
  7. ^ "New casino to hold grand opening". Los Angeles Times. March 25, 1984.   – via ProQuest (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Local casino going after tourist gambling dollars". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1985.   – via ProQuest (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Camera tapes being enhanced in probe of $1.1 million Vegas heist". Deseret News. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Zekan, Karen (20 July 1998). "Officials say lightning likely cause of Palace Station blaze". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Vegas armored car heist not so lucrative". United Press International. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Haynes, Brian (4 October 2008). "O.J. Simpson guilty". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Fink, Jerry (2009-04-29). "Improv theater in new setting, not that it matters". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 05-12-2009. 
  14. ^ Katsilometes, John (2009-04-24). "Star-crossed Turner gives Vegas one more shot at the Hilton’s Shimmer Cabaret". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 05-12-2009. 

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Coordinates: 36°8′30″N 115°10′29″W / 36.14167°N 115.17472°W / 36.14167; -115.17472