Las Vegas Club

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Las Vegas Club
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Location Downtown Las Vegas
Address 18 East Fremont Street,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Opening date1930
Closing dateAugust 20, 2015; 4 years ago (August 20, 2015)
No. of rooms410
Total gaming space22,210 sq ft (2,063 m2)
Signature attractionsSports Hall of Fame
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerDerek and Greg Stevens
Coordinates36°10′19″N 115°08′43″W / 36.17194°N 115.14528°W / 36.17194; -115.14528Coordinates: 36°10′19″N 115°08′43″W / 36.17194°N 115.14528°W / 36.17194; -115.14528

Las Vegas Club was a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada established in 1930, and demolished in 2017 for the construction of a new resort. In January 2019, a new resort, Circa Resort & Casino, was announced for the site, to open by late 2020.[1]


20th century[edit]

John Wisner originally bought the property on the corner of Main and Fremont where the Las Vegas Club now stands, at a 1905 land auction for $1,750 and built the Overland Hotel. In 1911 the Overland burnt to the ground and was rebuilt on the same location. The Overland briefly became Frank Donovan's Chatterbox Club and Talk of the Town Bar. The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930. The owner was J. Kell Houssels who installed the first neon sign on a hotel gambling establishment in 1931. It was only the second neon casino sign in the city.[2] The Las Vegas Club was originally on the south side of Fremont Street, at 21-23 Fremont, midway between Main and 1st Street. It was right next to the Northern Club casino, which became the La Bayou casino.[3] In 1949, J. Kell Houssels Sr. owner of the Las Vegas Club moved it across the street to 18 Fremont street, the site of the Overland Hotel, eventually expanding to its present location at the corner of Fremont and Main.[4] Houssels then erected the famous Las Vegas Club sign on site, the tallest sign in town. The Overland Hotel continued to operate above the Club. In 1961, Jackie Gaughan, Mel Exber and Larry Hazzlewood bought the Las Vegas Club and Houssels became majority shareholder in the Tropicana.

21st century[edit]

On December 6, 2002, owner Jackie Gaughan agreed to sell the Las Vegas Club and three other casinos, including the Plaza casino and Gold Spike casino, to Barrick Gaming.[5] Barrick was in partnership with the Tamares Group.

January 2007 saw the opening of a new poker room in the casino.[6]

In March 2007, Tamares announced that it was considering converting the property into a high-rise condo-hotel.[7] This failed to happen, and in April 2013, the Las Vegas Club closed its hotel tower, leaving the casino open. The possibility of a future renovation of the hotel was hinted at, but never occurred.[8]

In May 2015, the Las Vegas Club announced its intent to open a 13,810-square-foot pharmacy on the eastern side of its casino.[9] Those plans changed, in light of the August 14, 2015, announcement of the casino's sale to Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of the nearby D and Golden Gate casinos.[10]

Circa Las Vegas[edit]

After the sale, The Las Vegas Club closed at midnight on August 19, 2015.[11] The building along with the former Mermaids Casino and Glitter Gulch strip club were demolished over the course of 2017 to make way for a new resort expected to open in 2020. In a presentation given by Derek Stevens in January 2019, the name of the resort was announced as Circa Las Vegas. The new resort will have a 44-story hotel tower, 777 hotel rooms, many of them suites; a multi-tiered pool amphitheater with a 125-foot high resolution video screen; a split-level casino floor and a 1,201-space parking garage.[12]


  1. ^ Radke, Brock (10 January 2019). "Derek Stevens unveils Circa Resort & Casino for downtown Las Vegas to debut in 2020". Greenspun Media Group. Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Neon Lights". Nevada Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  3. ^ "Las Vegas Club and Northern Club". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  4. ^ "Vintage Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  5. ^ "SEC Form 8-K". December 6, 2002.
  6. ^ "Birth Of A Poker Room". Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  7. ^ "Downtown Evolves". Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  8. ^ Mehaffey, John (9 April 2013). "Two Downtown Las Vegas Hotels Closing". 4Flush. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  9. ^ Martin, Bradley (8 May 2015). "Fremont Street's Las Vegas Club to be Chopped in Two". Las Vegas Eater. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  10. ^ Morris, J.D. (2015-08-14). "Las Vegas Club sold to owners of The D casino". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  11. ^ Stutz, H. (2015-08-18). "Las Vegas Club to close at midnight Wednesday". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  12. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (2019-01-11). "Circa hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas unveiled by Derek Stevens". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-11.