Silver City Casino
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|Silver City Casino|
|Address||3001 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 81909
|Opening date||1973 (as Riata Casino)
1974 (as Silver City Casino)
|Closing date||October 31, 1999|
|Owner||Major Riddle (1974-1979) Circus Circus Enterprises (1979-1999)|
|Previous names||Riata Casino|
Major Riddle opened the Silver City Casino in 1974 in the place of Riata Casino, which had opened in 1973 and closed in less than a year. Circus Circus Enterprises purchased the casino for $30 million, then refurbished both the interior and exterior. In 1991 it became the strip's first casino to ban cigarette smoking.
In early 1997, investment group United Leisure, bought the 8.5-acre property where the Silver City Casino sat, with plans to develop a hotel-casino on the property. Circus Circus Enterprises closed the casino on October 31, 1999. The casino was purchased again for $30 million in 1999 by Luke Brugnara who subsequently failed to obtain a gaming license.
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