Boyd Gaming

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Boyd Gaming Corp.
S&P 400 Component
IndustryGambling, Hotels, Entertainment
FoundedJanuary 1, 1975; 48 years ago (January 1, 1975)
FounderBoyd family (Bill and Sam Boyd)
United States
ProductsCasinos, Hotels
Revenue$3.4 billion[1] (2021)
$900 million[1] (2021)
$464 million[1] (2021)
Total assets$6.2 billion[1] (2021)
Total equity$1.5 billion[1] (2021)
Number of employees
15,114[2] (2021)

Boyd Gaming Corporation is an American gaming and hospitality company based in Paradise, Nevada. The company continues to be run by founder Sam Boyd's family under the management of Sam's son, Bill Boyd (born 1931), who currently serves as the company's executive chairman after retiring as CEO in January 2008.

As of 2021, Boyd operates 28 properties with a total of 10,751 hotel rooms and 1,694,482 square feet (157,422.5 m2) of casino space with 31,635 slot machines and 686 table games.[3] Gaming revenue is 80% of total gross revenue.[3]


Boyd Gaming's history dates to 1941, when founder Sam Boyd first arrived in Las Vegas with his family. After being hired as a dealer, Sam Boyd worked his way up through the ranks of the Las Vegas casino industry, first to pit boss, then shift boss. He eventually saved enough to buy a small interest in the Sahara Hotel and Casino; later, Sam Boyd left the Sahara to become general manager and partner of The Mint Las Vegas.

Sam Boyd first partnered with his son Bill in 1962, when the two teamed up to acquire the Eldorado Casino in Henderson, Nevada. Bill, who was then a practicing attorney, acquired his first stake in the Eldorado by doing its legal work. Sam would go on to manage the Eldorado full-time after the Mint was sold in 1968.

Boyd Gaming's current headquarters in unincorporated Spring Valley, a Las Vegas suburb
Boyd Gaming's Executive headquarters at Howard Hughes Center
A Western Pacific Airlines jet in the Sam's Town color scheme, c. 1997

Although the Boyd family had been involved in the Las Vegas casino industry for decades, Boyd Gaming Corporation wasn't founded until January 1, 1975, when the company was formed to develop and operate the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Then known as the Boyd Group, the company initially had 75 investors.

Boyd Gaming embarked on its first expansion in 1979, when it opened the first Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall-branded property; Sam's Town Las Vegas on Boulder Highway at Nellis Boulevard. Considered one of the first "locals" properties in the Las Vegas Valley, Sam's Town helped inaugurate the later development of Las Vegas' "Boulder Strip."

During these first two decades in operation, Sam and Bill Boyd developed a reputation for running a squeaky-clean operation. As a result, Nevada regulators turned to the Boyds for help following an investigation of skimming operations at the Stardust and Fremont casinos in the mid-1980s. The properties were notorious at the time for their extensive skimming operations; according to the FBI, anywhere from $7 million to $15 million in funds from the Stardust were diverted to organized crime figures between 1974 and 1976 alone.[4]

In 1984, after leveling a $3 million fine against the Stardust for skimming, the Nevada Gaming Commission asked the Boyds to run the property's gaming operations. When the Stardust was taken over by the reputable Boyd family, they were surprised by its huge profits, now that every penny of income was being recorded. Ex-FBI agent William F. Roemer Jr., longtime senior agent of the FBI's organized-crime squad in Chicago and an expert in Las Vegas doings, said, "The amount of skim had been so heavy that the profit and loss statement did not present a true picture of the gold mine that the Stardust was."[5] After several years of successful operations, Boyd Gaming officially acquired the Stardust and Fremont in 1985.

Company founder Sam Boyd died on January 15, 1993, at the age of 82, and was succeeded as chief executive officer by Bill Boyd.[6] In July of the same year, Boyd Gaming held its initial public offering of stock, debuting on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol "BYD."

Funds from the IPO supplied Boyd Gaming with a source of capital for expansion, and the company embarked on a period of aggressive growth. The company acquired the Eldorado and Jokers Wild (which had previously been owned directly by the Boyd family) in 1993; later that year, Boyd Gaming acquired the bankrupt Main Street Station Hotel and Casino and Brewery.[7]

The company's first expansion outside of Nevada came in 1994, when Boyd Gaming opened Sam's Town Tunica in Mississippi. Later expansions included:

Boyd Gaming's most ambitious expansion project came in 2003, when the company opened the $1.1 billion Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. A joint venture with MGM Resorts International, Borgata was the first new casino property to open in Atlantic City in 13 years, and quickly emerged as the market's leading property by gaming revenue. Borgata is by far Boyd Gaming's largest property, and currently supplies more than a third of the company's overall profits.

Less than a year after Borgata opened, Boyd Gaming announced plans to acquire Coast Casinos, Inc.,[8] one of the largest operators of locals casinos in the Las Vegas market. Completed on July 1, 2004, the $1.3 billion acquisition gave Boyd Gaming four additional Las Vegas properties—Suncoast; Gold Coast; the Orleans; and Barbary Coast.

The Coast acquisition also included the yet-to-be completed South Coast, located five miles (8 km) south of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard. Boyd Gaming completed the project and opened its doors on December 22, 2005. Boyd Gaming operated the property for less than a year before selling it to former Coast CEO Michael Gaughan in 2006. (The property was rebranded to its current name, South Point, following the sale to Gaughan.)

In 2006, Boyd Gaming turned its focus to what would have been the largest project in its history: Echelon, a $4.8 billion resort complex at the site of the Stardust. In preparation for the project, Boyd Gaming swapped the Barbary Coast to Harrah's Entertainment in exchange for 24 acres near the Stardust, giving the company an 87-acre parcel on the north end of the Strip. The famed Stardust was closed on November 1, 2006, and imploded the night of March 13, 2007.

Construction on Echelon Place began on June 19, 2007, with plans to open in 2010, but was suspended a little over one year later, on August 1, 2008. At the time, Boyd Gaming officials cited "the difficult environment in today's capital markets, as well as weak economic conditions," and estimated construction would resume in three to four quarters.[9] As the global recession deepened, the suspension continued; in October 2009, the company said it would likely be three to five years before development resumed.[10] However, in March 2013, Boyd sold the Echelon site for $350 million to the Genting Group, a Malaysia-based gaming company to develop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas.

In 2007, Boyd purchased Dania Jai Alai, a fronton in Dania Beach, Florida. The company hoped to expand the facility with a casino, but efforts to allow new casinos in the Miami area made little headway. Boyd agreed in 2011 to sell the property to Dania Entertainment for $80 million, but the deal was not completed. The two companies reached a new sale agreement in February 2013 for $65.5 million.[11]

Boyd Gaming bought the IP Casino Resort & Spa in October 2011 for $278 million cash, plus a $10 million donation to the Engelstad Family Foundation.[12]

In November 2012, Boyd acquired Peninsula Gaming, an Iowa-based company with five casinos in the Midwest and South, for $1.45 billion.[13]

The company made two deals in 2016 to expand its footprint in the Vegas locals market, acquiring the Aliante Casino and Hotel for $380 million[14] and the two properties of Cannery Casino Resorts for $230 million.[15][16] Meanwhile, it sold its 50 percent stake in the Borgata to MGM for $900 million.[17][18][19]

In July 2018, Boyd announced a partnership with MGM Resorts International "to significantly increase each company's market access and customer base throughout the United States." The partnership is focused on positioning both companies to succeed in the emerging online gambling and sports betting markets in the United States.[20]

In late 2018, Boyd completed two deals to increase its regional holdings. It acquired Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania for $281 million.[21][22] It also purchased the operations of four casinos from Pinnacle Entertainment for $564 million: Ameristar Kansas City, Ameristar St. Charles, Belterra Casino, and Belterra Park.[23][24] The company paid another $58 million for the real estate of Belterra Park.[24] The sale was designed to ensure regulatory approval for Penn National Gaming's planned purchase of Pinnacle.[25]

On July 13, 2020, Boyd Gaming announced it was laying off at least 25% of its workforce equating to thousands of job losses at its properties nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[26]

In March 2022, Boyd Gaming entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pala Interactive LLC and its subsidiaries for total cash consideration of $170 million. In November 2022, it was announced the deal had been completed.[27] Pala Interactive LLC is an interactive online gaming company, majority owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. [28]

List of properties[edit]

Downtown Las Vegas casinos[edit]

Other Las Vegas area casinos[edit]

Casinos in other states[edit]


Non-casino properties[edit]

Former properties[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Form 10-K: Annual Report". Boyd Gaming. February 28, 2022. pp. 44–45 – via EDGAR.
  2. ^ "Form 10-K: Annual Report". Boyd Gaming. February 28, 2022. p. 8 – via EDGAR.
  3. ^ a b "Form 10-K: Annual Report". Boyd Gaming. February 28, 2022. p. 1 – via EDGAR.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Scandals: Gritty City". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  5. ^ "Organized Crime's Promised Land". Archived from the original on 2010-04-05.
  6. ^ "William S. Boyd". Boyd Gaming Corporation. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  7. ^ Elliot S. Krane (December 19, 1993). "Boyd acquires bankrupt Main St. Station for $16.5M". Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, NJ – via NewsBank.
  8. ^ "Boyd Gaming Agrees to Acquire Coast Casinos". WSJ. February 9, 2004. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  9. ^ "Company Press Release: Boyd Gaming Reports Second-Quarter 2008 Results". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.
  10. ^ "Company Press Release: Boyd Gaming Reports Third-Quarter 2009 Results". Archived from the original on 2010-03-29.
  11. ^ Howard Stutz (February 28, 2013). "Boyd sells Florida jai alai facility for $65.5 million". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  12. ^ Perez, Mary (3 October 2011). "IP Casino now a Boyd Gaming property". Sun Herald. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  13. ^ "Boyd completes $1.45 billion acquisition of Peninsula Gaming". Vegas Inc. November 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  14. ^ "Boyd completes $380 million acquisition of Aliante casino". Las Vegas Sun. September 27, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  15. ^ "Boyd acquires Cannery properties for $230M". Richard N. Velotta. April 25, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  16. ^ "Boyd Gaming completes acquisition of Las Vegas assets of Cannery Casino Resorts" (Press release). Boyd Gaming. December 20, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  17. ^ J.D. Morris (May 31, 2016). "Boyd Gaming selling its stake in the Borgata to MGM". Vegas Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  18. ^ Heitner, Darren. "MGM Buys Boyd Gaming's Share Of Borgata For $900 Million". Forbes. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  19. ^ Wayne Parry (August 1, 2016). "Boyd Gaming finishes sale of its half of NJ's Borgata casino". Las Vegas Sun. AP. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  20. ^ "MGM , Boyd Gaming Ink 'Unprecedented' Online Gambling, Sports Betting Deal". Online Poker Report. 2018-07-29. Archived from the original on 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  21. ^ Maykuth, Andrew (September 17, 2018). "Boyd Gaming takes title to Valley Forge casino, plans to add 250 slots". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  22. ^ Todd Prince (December 20, 2017). "Boyd Gaming to buy Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  23. ^ "Boyd Gaming completes acquisition of four Pinnacle Entertainment assets" (Press release). Boyd Gaming. October 15, 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-10-12. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  24. ^ a b "Penn National Gaming completes acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment" (Press release). Penn National Gaming. October 15, 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-10-12. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  25. ^ Mark Schlinkmann (December 1, 2017). "Merger could affect four of six St. Louis area casinos". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  26. ^ "Boyd Gaming lays off thousands". Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  27. ^ Fletcher, Robert (2022-11-02). "Boyd Gaming completes $170m acquisition of Pala Interactive". iGB. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  28. ^ "Boyd Gaming to acquire Pala Interactive for $170m". Gambling Insider. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ Nick Sortal (June 3, 2013). "Dania Jai-Alai sale completed". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Retrieved 2016-04-25.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Business data for Boyd Gaming:
  • Boyd Gaming SEC Filings