The Western

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Western Hotel and Casino
The Western Hotel closed Oct 2012.jpg
Location Las Vegas, NV 89101
Address 899 Fremont Street
Opening date 1970
Closing date 2012
Theme Western
No. of rooms 116
Total gaming space 8,925 sq ft (829.2 m2)[1]
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Tony Hsieh
Previous names Western Hotel & Bingo Parlor
Coordinates Coordinates: 36°10′0.5″N 115°8′12.4″W / 36.166806°N 115.136778°W / 36.166806; -115.136778

The Western Hotel and Casino was a hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The 8,925 sq ft (829.2 m2)[2] casino is owned by the Barrick Gaming and operated by Navegante and The Tamares Group.

The Western was the lowest rung of Jackie Gaughan's low-roller casino empire that included the Las Vegas Club, The Plaza, the Gold Spike and El Cortez.


The Western opened in 1970 as the Western Hotel & Bingo Parlor and was owned by Jackie Gaughan and Mel Exber. At its opening, The Western was the world's largest bingo parlor with 1,020 seats.

Jackie Gaughan sold the hotel to Barrick Gaming in March 2004.[3] The plans called for redeveloping the Western Hotel as a Latino destination resort. At the time, the AP said about the property, "On a stretch of despair that tourists in Las Vegas seldom see, the Western Hotel-Casino stands out as a beacon for the broke and nearly broken".[4]

In 2005, The Tamares Group acquired total control of the hotel and casino through a lease from Barrick. In 2010 the hotel portion completely closed and redevelopment still remains uncertain to this day.

On November 15, 2011, the Tamares Group announced that "due to decreased demand at this location", The Western would close on January 16, 2012. Its future redevelopment is uncertain.[5]

In March 2013, the property was purchased for $14 million by a company affiliated with Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project, a campaign to revitalize the Fremont Street area.[6]


  1. ^ "Western Casino - Las Vegas". Western Casino. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  2. ^ "NEVADA GAMING COMMISSION database of square footage of casinos" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  3. ^ "Jackie Gaughan's Four Downtown Las Vegas Hotel-casinos Acquired by Barrick Gaming for $82 million". March 1, 2004.
  4. ^ "Gritty Western Casino Survives in 'Underbelly' of Las Vegas". 30 June 2004.
  5. ^ "Downtown Western Casino closing after 41 years". November 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Eli Segall (March 21, 2013). "Tony Hsieh's group buys shuttered downtown casino for $14 million". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-21.