Our World Tuesday
January 2015 - Las Vegas NV
We're not gamblers but love checking out the decor of the casinos.
In 1976, Frank Fertitta, Jr., a former general manager at the Fremont, and his two partners, opened The Casino, a 5,000 sq ft gambling hall attached to a Mini Price Motor Inn, in an off-Strip location where few observers expected it to succeed. In 1977, he added bingo and renamed the property as the Bingo Palace. The casino was the first to target a clientele of local residents with offerings like giveaways, cheap buffets, and bingo. It thrived, and Fertitta soon bought out his partners' shares.Other locals casinos like Sam's Town and the Gold Coast followed in later years.
In 1984, the Bingo Palace was expanded and remodeled with a railroad theme, and renamed to the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. The grand opening ceremony was held on April 6, featuring Governor Richard Bryan and the historic locomotive Inyo.The next year, Fertitta purchased the adjoining 465-room motel. A 21-story hotel tower and high-rise parking garage were added in 1990, bringing the room count to 1,041.