Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
|Gold Coast Hotel and Casino|
|Address||4000 W. Flamingo Road|
|Opening date||December 21, 1986|
|No. of rooms||711|
|Total gaming space||87,000 square feet|
The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino is a hotel and casino located in Paradise, Nevada. This locals' casino is owned and operated by Boyd Gaming. The Gold Coast is located one mile (1.6 km) west of the Las Vegas Strip on West Flamingo Road. It is located across the street from the Palms Casino Resort and the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.
The Gold Coast opened its doors in December 1986. It was the first casino built from the ground up by Las Vegas casino mogul Michael Gaughan, who already operated the Barbary Coast on the Las Vegas strip. Upon opening its doors, the Gold Coast was the first casino to have a first-run movie theater in Las Vegas (the original MGM Grand, now Bally's, had a theater screening MGM classics) and was specifically catering to the growing "locals" market of the Las Vegas suburbs. It was the second major resort built on the west side of I-15, ten years after Palace Station. In October 1995, the largest jackpot in the state at the time, $10,918,881.00, was won by an anonymous college student on a "Megabucks" slot machine.
Michael Gaughan merged his Coast Casinos brand, which included the Gold Coast, with Boyd Gaming in 2004.
The Gold Coast went through major renovations in 2002 that provided additional space for parking, restaurants and gaming. During the renovations the resort's theme was changed from dark country western gambling hall to a more modern gaming facility. Several acts such as The Jordanaires and Forever Plaid have taken place at the casino.
Along with several other local casinos, Gold Coast closed its poker rooms in 2011 due to financial reasons.
In August 2016, Gold Coast opened a new steakhouse, Cornerstone, in the space formerly occupied by the Cortez Room.
Because the area around the Gold Coast has expanded with the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino and the Palms Casino Resort, an interchange has been proposed to cross the railroad corridor. These casinos would be the western terminus of the Harmon Avenue Corridor, a new East West strip.
The Gold Coast was featured in the film Mars Attacks.
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