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Yet Another Las Vegas Casino History Timeline


There are a lot of timelines out there reflecting the history of casinos in Las Vegas. Here's another.

YearMonth DayEvent
1906January 13Nevada Hotel opens
1931April 1Las Vegas Club opens
April 1Boulder Club opens
May 2Meadows Club opens
May 5Pair-O-Dice Club granted gaming license
September Meadows Club burns
Nevada Hotel becomes the Sal Sagev
1932 Nevada Club opens
1934May 4Apache opens
1935 New Sal Sagev Hotel built on the site of the Hotel Nevada
Meadows Club sold to Stearns, Stearns, and Potter
1938 Pair-O-Dice closes
1939 91 Club opens
1941April 3El Rancho Vegas opens
November 7El Cortez opens
1942April 1Meadows Club closed
April 10Pioneer Club opens
October 3091 Club becomes Last Frontier
1944December 22Casino portion of the Apache Hotel becomes the S.S. Rex
1946August 30Golden Nugget opens
December 24Flamingo opens
1947April 8Club Bingo opens
July 8S.S. Rex becomes the Eldorado Club
Flamingo closes and reopens
1948September 2Thunderbird opens
1950April 24Desert Inn opens
December Silver Slipper opens
Club Bingo goes bankrupt
1951August 2The Eldorado becomes Binion's Horseshoe
Last Frontier purchased by Kozloff and Katleman
1952October 7Sahara opens on the site of the former Club Bingo
December 15Sands opens
1953 Frontier Club closes
1954September 3Showboat opens
1955April 4Last Frontier renamed New Frontier
April 20Riviera opens
May 23Dunes opens
May 24Moulin Rouge opens
October Moulin Rouge closes for the first time
Golden Gate casino opens on the property of the Sal Sagev
1956May 18Fremont opens
October 12Hacienda hotel opens, the casino would open in 1957
Pioneer Club closes
Dunes sold to James Gottlieb
Boulder Club closes
1957April 3Tropicana opens
July 11Mint opens
October 18Sans Souci Hotel opens
Apache closes
1958July 2Stardust opens on site of Royal Nevada
Moulin Rouge closes for the last time
1960June 17El Rancho Vegas burns down
Flamingo Capri opens
Recrion Corporation acquires the Stardust and the Fremont
1961September The Del Webb Corporation buys the Sahara
1963February TallyHo opens
September 1Sans Souci becomes the Castaways
Jackie Gaughan purchases El Cortez
Westward Ho opens
1964 Lady Luck opens
Casino Royale opens
Wilbur Clark sells his ownership in the Desert Inn
1965 Last Frontier demolished
Jackie Gaughan purchases the Western
1966April 1Milton Prell purchases the TallyHo and renames it the Aladdin
June 2Four Queens opens
July 23Howard Hughes purchases the Sands
August 5Caesars Palace opens
1967March Desert Inn sold to Howard Hughes
July 1Bonanza opens
New Frontier sold to Hughes, renamed the Frontier
Kirk Kerkorian buys the Flamingo
1968October 16Circus Circus opens
Boardwalk opens
1969July 1Landmark opens
July 2International opens
Nevada Club closes
Jay Sarno sells Caesars
1970 Bonanza closes
Kerkorian sells International and Flamingo to Hilton, both take Hilton name
Paddlewheel opens
Tropicana sold to Trans-Texas Airways
April 19Royal Nevada opens
1971January 1Western opens its hotel
Royal Casino opens
Union Plaza opens
Ralph Englestad purchases Flamingo Capri
Allen Glick purchases the Hacienda
Tropicana sold to Deil Gustafson
1972July Royal Inn Casino
Four Queens is purchased by the Elsinore Corporation
1973March Meshulam Riklis purchases the Riveria
July 5Bonanza becomes MGM Grand (now Bally's)
July 7Holiday opens
August 1Steve Wynn takes control of the Golden Nugget
Key Largo opens
1974May 1King 8 opens
Carousel closes
Nevada Hotel opens
Slots-A-Fun opens
Argent Corporation purchases the Stardust and the Fremont
April 24Royal Las Vegas opens
1975January 1California Hotel opens
May 1Marina opens
May 1Silver City opens
Gold Spike opens
Sal Sagev renamed Golden Gate
1976 Flamingo Capri becomes Imperial Palace
Bingo Palace opens
Foxy's Firehouse opens
Paradise Hotel opens
1977January Thunderbird renamed the Silverbird
May 2020th Century opens
July Maxim opens
Main Street Station opens
1978July 1The Nob Hill Casino opens
The Holiday International opens
1979March 2Barbary Coast opens
July 13Vegas World opens
November 1Imperial Palace opens
December Tropicana purchased by Ramada Hotels
Nevada Palace opens
Sam's Town opens
Slots-A-Fun purchased by William Bennett and Bill Pennington
Paul Lowden completes purchase of the Hacienda
Paradise Sold and renamed Treasury
1980June 28Sundance opens
November 21Tragic fire at the MGM Grand
Imperial Palace opens
Riviera files for bankruptcy
1981May 22Gold Spike opens
Ed Torres purchases Silverbird, renames it the El Rancho
1982April 30Continental opens
October 20Paul Lowden buys the Sahara
1983 Paddlewheel opens
Pioneer Club reopens
Slots O Fun opens
Gold Spike purchased by Jackie Gaughan
Bennett and Pennington purchase Circus Circus
1984 Bingo Palace renamed Palace Station
1985 Bourbon Street opens
Town Hall Casino opens
Boyd Gaming buys the Fremont Hotel and the Stardust
1986December 21Gold Coast opens
Kerkorian sells MGM Grand to Bally's, property renamed
Bally's purchases MGM Grand and changes its name
The Treasury becomes the Polynesian
1987September 2The Holiday International closes and reopens as the Park
Steve Wynn purchases the Castaways and closes it
1988February 1Kirk Kerkorian purchases the Sands
March 17Sundance renamed Fitzgeralds
Elardi family purchases the Frontier and Silver Slipper
Silver Slipper closes
Arizona Charlie's opens
Kirk Kerkorian buys the Desert Inn?
Ellis Island opens
Foxy's Firehouse closes
Mint becomes part of Binion's Horseshoe
Royal Casino closes
Sheldon Adelson purchases the Sands
1989July 1O'Shea's opens
November 22Mirage opens
December Ramada spins off Tropicana as part of Aztar Corporation
Treasury renamed Hotel San Remo
1990January 15Rio Opens
June 19Excalibur opens
November 9Vacation Village opens
November 27The Nob Hill Casino closes
November 30Marina closes
Park closes
Royal Casino reopens as Royal Hotel Casino
1991February Santa Fe opens
August 30Main Street Station opens (same site as the Park)
Landmark closes
Kirk Kerkorian sells the Desert Inn to ITT Sheraton?
Paddlewheel closes
1992January 1Casino Royale opens
July 6El Rancho closes
Holiday renamed Harrah's
Main Street Station closes
Nevada Hotel closes
Mirage Resorts purchases Dunes
1993January 26Dunes closes
October 15Luxor opens
October 27Dunes imploded
October 27Treasure Island opens
December 18MGM Grand opens
Paddlewheel purchased by Debbie Reynolds and renamed after herself
Desert Inn purchased by ITT Sheraton
Boyd Gaming purchases Main Street Station
1994July Boulder Station opens
August 16Boomtown opens
Boardwalk acquired by Holiday Inn?
Casino Royale opens on the site of Nob Hill
Fiesta opens
1995February 1Vegas World closes
March 10Hard Rock Casino opens
November 7Landmark imploded
December 14Fremont Street Experience opens
Fiesta opens
Pioneer Club closes
Texas Gambling Hall & Hotel opens
Vegas World closes
The Union Plaza becomes Jackie Gaughan's Plaza
William Bennett purchases the Sahara
Hacienda sold to Circus Circus
1996April 30Stratosphere opens
June 21Monte Carlo opens
June 30Sands closes
October 31Debbie Reynolds sold
November 22Main Street Station reopens under ownership by the Boyd Gaming
November 26Sands imploded
December 1Hacienda closes
December 18Orleans opens
December 31Hacienda imploded
Bourbon Street closes
Klondike opens
Texas Gambling Hall & Hotel renamed Texas Station
1997January 3New York-New York opens
August Key Largo opens
November 25Aladdin closes
December Boomtown reopens as the Silverton
The Reserve opens
Royal Hotel Casino closes
Sunset Station opens
Boardwalk acquired by MGM Mirage
1998February 1Phil Ruffin takes control of the Frontier, renames it the New Frontier
April 27Aladdin imploded
July 13King 8 reopens as the Wild Wild West
August 7World Wrestling Federation purchases the Debbie Reynolds
August CBS Sports World Casino opens
October 15Bellagio opens
Boomtown renamed Silverton
Harrah's purchases the Rio
Hilton spins off casino division as Park Place Entertainment
1999March 2Mandalay Bay opens
March 31Continental closes
May 4Venetian opens
August 1Harrah's sells Showboat to VSS Enterprises
September 1Paris Las Vegas opens
October 6Isle of Capri casinos acquires Lady Luck
October 31Silver City closed
November 21Maxim closed
November Continental sold to Terrible's
Westin Casuarina opens
Flamingo Hilton becomes Flamingo
2000March 7MGM Grand buys Mirage Resorts
April 27Steve Wynn buys the Desert Inn
May Arizona Charlie's East opens
June 13Station Casinos buys the Santa Fe
July 20Station Casinos buys the Fiesta
August 18The new Aladdin opens
August 28The Desert Inn shuts its doors
September Suncoast opens
October 3The El Rancho is imploded
October 18Station Casinos buys the Reserve
December 5Fitzgerald's bought by Don Barden
December 6Terrible's Casino opens (formerly the Continental)
2001October 23Desert Inn imploded
November 15Palms opens
December 18Green Valley Ranch opens
Desert Inn Augusta Tower imploded
Reserve renamed Fiesta Henderson
Debbie Reynolds renamed Greek Isles
2002 American Real Estate Partners purchases the rest of the Stratosphere
Aztar gains full ownership of Tropicana and it's land
Rampart opens
Vacation Village closes
2003April 29TLC Enterprises purchases the Four Queens
June 20Planet Hollywood purchases Aladdin
Casino MonteLago opens
Tuscany opens
Cannery opens
2004January 10Binion's Horseshoe is closed by state and federal officials
January 23Harrah's Entertainment buys Binion's Horseshoe
March 11MTR Gaming buys Binion's
March 25Barrick Gaming purchases Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Gold Spike, and the Western
April 1Binion's reopens
June 4Colony Capital purchases Las Vegas Hilton
July 1Boyd Gaming purchases/merges with Coast Casinos
Tim Postner and Tom Breitling purchase the Golden Nugget
MGM Mirage purchases Mandalay Bay Group
2005April 28Wynn Las Vegas opens
June 13Harrah's Entertainment purchases Caesars Entertainment
August 22Harrah's purchases Imperial Palace
September27Landry's Restaurants buy the Golden Nugget
November 17Westward Ho closes
December 22South Coast opens
Showboat renamed Castaways
Castaways, formerly Showboat, closes
2006January 11Castaways, formerly Showboat, imploded
February 3Hooters opens on the site of the San Remo
February 12Lady Luck closes
February 14Bourbon Street imploded
April 6Riv Acquisition Holdings purchases the Riveria
April 19Red Rock Resort opens
May 9Boardwalk imploded
May 11Hard Rock sold to Morgans Hotel Group
June 30Klondike closed
October 2Boyd Gaming trades Barbary Coast to Harrah's for the site of the former Westward Ho
October 24Boyd Gaming sells the South Coast to Michael Gaughan. It is renamed the South Point.
November 1Stardust closes
November 16Columbia Sussex purchases Tropicana
Tamares assumes the assets of Barrick Gaming
2007March 1Barbary Coast renamed to Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon
March 5SBE Entertainment purchases the Sahara
March 13Stardust imploded
April 23Goldman Sachs purchases the Stratosphere and both Arizona Charlie's
May 15ELAD Properties purchased the New Frontier
July Greek Isles changes hands
July 16New Frontier closes
November 8Station Casinos goes private
November 13New Frontier Imploded
The Western closes its hotel. The casino and restaurant remain open.
After changing hands one more time, the Gold Spike is purchased by the Siegel Group.
2008January 17Palazzo opens
January TLC Enterprises buys Binion's
March 20Desert Rock Enterprises purchases half of the Golden Gate
May 5Columbia Sussex (Tropicana) files for bankruptcy
May 8Jackie Gaughan sells the El Cortez to the Epstein family
June 27Klondike demolished
July 1Tropicana Las Vegas purchases the Tropicana
August 28Eastside Cannery opens
November 11Aliante Station opens
December 22Encore opens
2009March 1M Hotel opens
March 20Phil Ruffin takes control of Treasure Island
July Tropicana spin-off complete
December 14Binion's closes its hotel operations, keno lounge, and coffee shop. The casino and steakhouse remain open.
December 16Aria opens
2010November xPlaza closes hotel and most restaurant operations.
December 15Cosmopolitan opens
2011May 16Sahara closes
May 23Herbst Gaming changes its name to Affinity Gaming
September 1Plaza reopens
October 20Stevens brothers acquire Fitzgerald's
2012January 3Las Vegas Hilton changes its name to LVH
17The Western closes
March 13Fitzgerald's changes its name to The D Las Vegas
April 30O'Shea's closes
2013February 4Bill's closes for renovations
April 14The Gold Spike casino closes
July 2Terrible's Casino officially becomes Silver Sevens
October 27Downtown Grand opens
November 2Westin Casuarina casino changes its name to Casino Max
2014April 24The Cromwell opens
June 29LVH is sold to Westgate Resorts
August 22The SLS opens on the site of the former Sahara
October 30The Quad officially changes its name to the Linq
December 19The sale of the Cosmopolitan to the Blackstone Group is approved
2015April 29Penn National agrees to buy the Tropicana for $360 million
May 1Canyon Captial Advisors agrees to sell Hooters to Trinity Hotel Investments
4The Riviera closes
August 13The Las Vegas Club was sold to the Stevens brothers. It closed on August 19.
2016June 15The Monaco tower of the Riveria is imploded.
August 16The Monte Carlo tower of the Rivera is imploded.
September22The sale of Aliante to Boyd Gaming closes.
September22The sale of the Palms to Red Rock Resorts closes.
2017May 24SLS is sold to the Meruelo Group.
June 12Golden Entertainment agrees to purchase the Stratosphere and both Arizona Charlie's casinos.

There are obviously some missing dates, and there are undoubtedly a few errors, so let us know if you find anything for us to add or fix!