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
Casino type Land
Owner Major Riddle (1974-1979) Circus Circus Enterprises (1979-1999)
Previous names Riata Casino

The Silver City Casino was a casino on the Las Vegas Strip near Convention Center Drive in Winchester, Nevada. It was a red, 20,000 square feet low-rise building with a western theme.[1]

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.[2] Circus Circus Enterprises purchased the casino for $30 million, then refurbished both the interior and exterior.[1] In 1991 it became the strip's first casino to ban cigarette smoking.[3]

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.[1] 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.[4]

The casino was demolished in 2004 to make way for a shopping center known as Silver City Plaza.[1] As of 2015, a marquee for Silver City still stands on Convention Center Drive.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Question of the day". Las Vegas Advisor. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Riata Casino". Vintage Las Vegas. 2014-11-01. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Vegas casino bans smoking". The Bulletin. 1991-10-27. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Former Silver City Casino owner pleads guilty to filing false tax returns". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2015-05-15.