Silver City Casino

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Silver City Casino
Location Winchester, Nevada
Address 3001 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Opening date 1973
Closing date October 31, 1999; 17 years ago (October 31, 1999)
Theme Western
Total gaming space 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2)
Casino type Land
Owner Major Riddle (1974-1979) Circus Circus Enterprises (1979-1999)
Previous names Riata Casino
Coordinates 36°8′15″N 115°9′32″W / 36.13750°N 115.15889°W / 36.13750; -115.15889Coordinates: 36°8′15″N 115°9′32″W / 36.13750°N 115.15889°W / 36.13750; -115.15889

The Silver City Casino was a casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada.[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.