Silver City Casino

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Silver City Casino
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Silver City in 1999
Location Winchester, Nevada
Address 3001 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Opening date1973
Closing dateOctober 31, 1999; 19 years ago (October 31, 1999)
ThemeWestern
Total gaming space20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2)
Casino typeLand
OwnerMajor Riddle (1974-1979) Circus Circus Enterprises (1979-1999)
Previous namesRiata Casino
Coordinates36°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]

History[edit]

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]

In October 1999, San Francisco businessman Luke Brugnara purchased Silver City from United Casino Holdings LLC,[4] at a cost of $31.5 million.[5][6] At that time, the 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) casino was operated by Mandalay Resort Group, which leased the space. The casino had approximately 150 employees, and was planned to close at the end of the month.[4] The closure occurred on October 31, 1999. Brugnara had applied for a gaming license in August 1999, but was still undergoing a pre-licensing investigation, which prevented him from keeping the casino open.[7] Brugnara planned to fully remodel the casino and to demolish the adjacent Las Vegas Shopping Plaza, which was to become the site of two restaurants.[4] Walgreens opened a store on the property on November 30, 1999.[7]

By January 2000, Brugnara was planning to build a San Francisco-themed resort on the property.[8] Brugnara planned to give Silver City a multimillion-dollar renovation, which would include building around the Walgreens store, with plans to have a fully operational hotel-casino by 2002.[7] In March 2001, Brugnara's request for a gaming license was rejected.[9] Brugnara had stated his intention to sue the Nevada Gaming Control Board if rejected,[10] although he later dropped such plans.[11]

By July 2001, Brugnara had begun reapplying for a gaming license to operate the casino.[12] In May 2002, it was announced that Brugnara had sold the casino and its 3.5-acre property to Angelo, Gordon & Co., which planned to demolish it and build a Ross clothing store. Brugnara retained six acres of vacant property located behind the casino.[5] In 2003, Brugnara was planning to build a 24-story, 304-room hotel and casino resort on the property. The resort, to be named "Tycoon", was to be designed by Lee Linton, with an expected cost of approximately $100 million.[13]

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]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c "Silver City Casino sold". Las Vegas Sun. October 19, 1999. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Strow, David (May 8, 2002). "New concept in Las Vegas Strip retailing planned". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Former Silver City Casino owner pleads guilty to filing false tax returns". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  7. ^ a b c Leong, Grace (December 13, 2000). "LV casino developer sued over real estate commissions". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Packer, Adrienne (January 12, 2000). "San Franciscans: Resort would be a treat". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Strow, David (March 8, 2001). "Real estate developer rejected by board". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Strow, David (March 22, 2001). "Brugnara vows to sue state if rejected for Nevada gaming license". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Strow, David (May 16, 2001). "Brugnara drops threat to sue for gaming license". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Attorney sues for legal fees". Las Vegas Sun. July 20, 2001. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Benston, Liz (August 6, 2003). "Rejected casino investor wants to try again". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2017.