California Hotel and Casino

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California Hotel and Casino
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Location Las Vegas, NV 89101
Address 12 East Ogden Avenue
Opening date 1975; 43 years ago (1975)
Theme Hawaiian
No. of rooms 781
Total gaming space 85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2)
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Boyd Gaming Corporation
Renovated in 1994
Website California Hotel and Casino

The California Hotel and Casino (also known as The Cal) opened in 1975 at a cost of $10 million with a hotel and casino located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada near the Fremont Street Experience. When it opened it had 325 rooms which has since been expanded to 781.[1]

The California has been owned by Boyd Gaming since it was built by Sam Boyd.[1]

After facing slow business initially, Boyd soon began focusing on the Hawaiian market, offering Hawaiian food and encouraging a more casual atmosphere.[2] He introduced vacation packages from the islands, with charter airfares as low as $9.90. An estimated 80-90% of visitors to Las Vegas from Hawaii stay at a Boyd property. Boyd's Hawaiian marketing, which extended to the Fremont and Main Street Station with their later acquisitions, is credited with helping to build a large Hawaiian community in Las Vegas, which is sometimes called "the ninth island".[2]

In 1989, the hotel designated the term Golden Arm, after Stanley Fujitake rolled dice for three hours and six minutes in craps without losing.[3]

In 1994 an additional tower was added and the remainder of the hotel was remodeled.[1] The property is connected to Main Street Station by an enclosed walkway.


  1. ^ a b c "Casinos by Name". University of Nevada. University of Nevada. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b Gladstone, E. C. (21 February 2012). "A Hawaiian island in the Nevada desert". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
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Coordinates: 36°10′23″N 115°8′40″W / 36.17306°N 115.14444°W / 36.17306; -115.14444