- Gold Spike closes in
April and reopens as a restaurant & bar (no
- Bill's Gamblin' Hall
closes, planned to re-open as Gansevoort in 2014 (Feb.
- Imperial Palace
closes (April 30), to be
replaced by The Linq, a restaurant and entertainment
district, which may house a new O'Sheas inside.
- The Western
- Las Vegas Hilton
opens (Dec. 15)
- Harrah's Entertainment changes its name to Caesars
- Greek Isle becomes Clarion.
opens (Dec. 16)
- Treasure Island, formerly an MGM Mirage
property, is sold to Phil Ruffin for $775 million (March)
- The New Frontier
closes (and is imploded in November). Plans were to
build a new property called the Las Vegas Plaza (not
to be confused with "The Plaza" downtown), but plans
were scrapped after the economy turned sour.
- The Aladdin becomes Planet
Bill's Gamblin' Hall
- The Stardust is
imploded (to be replaced by Echelon). (March)
- The Stardust closes,
and is imploded in 2007 (to be replaced by Echelon). (Nov.)
- South Coast (off-strip)
changed ownership, and its name, to South
- Gold Spike (downtown) removes its table games. RIP!
- The Boardwalk is
imploded (to be replaced by Aria / CityCenter) (May)
- San Remo (next to
Strip) becomes Hooters.
- Lady Luck (downtown)
- Westward Ho closes (2900
- The $2.7 billion Wynn Las
Vegas opens, five years after Steve
Wynn purchased the old Desert Inn. (April)
- The FTC approves the merger of MGM & Mandalay,
so now one company owns a whopping nine strip casinos.
- The Landmark (near the
Strip) is imploded (replaced by the Convention Center
- Key Largo (near the
- The Stratosphere removes the High Roller roller
coaster, to make room for an outdoor observation deck.
- Mandalay Bay's second tower ("THEhotel")
- The Las Vegas Club
changes its name to Vegas
Club but they don't change the sign
- Castaways (on Boulder
- A tiger mauls
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy during their
performance, ending their run at the Mirage which
started in 1990.
- Cannery Casino (not to be confused with Eastside
- Union Plaza becomes The
- The Desert Inn is
imploded (to be replaced by the Wynn).
- Wildfire Casino
(North Las Vegas) replaces
- The rebuilt Aladdin opens.
- Showboat (on Boulder
Highway) becomes Castaways.
1980's & 1990's
- The Venetian
- Paris opens.
- Mandalay Bay
- The Flamingo Hilton
becomes Flamingo Las Vegas.
- Saraha adds a roller
opens, on the site of the former Dunes.
- New York New York
- The Aladdin closes and is imploded in 1998, to be
replaced by a newer version of the Aladdin.
- Monte Carlo
opens (replacing the Desert
Rose Motel). Magician Lance Burton has been
the featured performer since the opening.
- The Stratosphere
opens. (formerly Vegas World, without the tower.)
- The Sands closes and
is imploded (to be replaced by the Venetian in 1999).
- Hacienda closes and is
imploded (to be replaced by Mandalay Bay in 1999). The
casino had started in 1956.
1995. Vegas World
closes (to be replaced by the Stratosphere in 1996).
- Treasure Island
- Luxor opens.
- MGM Grand opens
(replacing Marina/MGM Marina).
- The Dunes is imploded
(to be replaced by Bellagio).
- Casino Royale
opens in the space of the former Nob Hill Casino. It
buys the Travelodge next door for hotel space.
- Holiday Casino becomes
the new carnival/party theme won't be installed until
- El Rancho closes (and
is imploded in 2000 to make way for condos). This was
not the original El Rancho, which was on the SW corner
of LVB & Sahara.
- Excalibur opens.
- MGM Marina closes so
the MGM Grand can be constructed.
- Nob Hill closes (to
reopen in 1992 as Casino Royale).
- Siegfried & Roy begin their run at the Mirage,
which ends in 2003 when Roy
Horn is mauled by a tiger.
- The Mirage
opens, launching the megaresort era.
- Marina becomes MGM
1988. Imperial Palace adds an 18-story hotel
closes, so the Mirage can be constructed.
1985. The original MGM
Grand becomes Bally's.
(The MGM Grand would open at its current location in
1980. A fire at the original MGM Grand kills 87
opens downtown (current site of The D)
1980's. At some point, the Ambassador
1946 - 1979
- Flamingo Capri (not to
be confused with the more well-known Flamingo) becomes
opens, the smallest casino on the Strip (and the only
one without a hotel).
- Vegas World opens and
runs until 1995 (to be replaced by the Stratosphere in
1978. Nob Hill
Casino opens on the former site of Frank Musso's
Restaurant and Joey's New Yorker Nightclub, and the
future site of Casino Royale.
1975. The Marina Casino
opens at what is now the MGM Grand.
1974. The Fabulous
Flamingo becomes The Flamingo
- The original MGM Grand
is constructed where the Bonanza
Casino used to be, and where Bally's is now.
- Holiday Casino opens,
later to become Harrah's.
- The Ambassador opens
(later La Mirage and then Key Largo).
1971. Union Plaza
1970. The Western
1968. Circus Circus
- Caesars Palace
- Aladdin opens (formerly
King's Crown, and now Planet Hollywood).
becomes King's Crown, and
then closes soon afterward.
- Westward Ho opens and
runs until 2005.
- The Sans Souci Hotel
Casino (not to be confused with the
on Boulder Highway), in the spot which would later
become the Mirage.
- Bonanza Casino opens at
what would later be Bally's.
- Tally-Ho opens on the
site that would later become Planet Hollywood.
1962. Ernie's Casino
opens in North Las Vegas, and lasts until 2001, when
it's destroyed to make way for Wildfire Casino.
1959. The Flamingo Capri,
completely unrelated to the more well-known Flamingo,
opens and runs until 1979, when it becomes Imperial
1958. The Stardust
opens, with the largest casino and swimming pool in
Nevada, and the largest hotel in Las Vegas. It closes in
2006 and is imploded in 2007.
- The Tropicana
- Sans Souci Hotel (no
casino) opens on the space which would later become
opens (and lasts until 1996 when it's imploded to make
way for Mandalay Bay).
- The Riviera
opens, the first high-rise on the Strip.
- The Dunes opens and
lasts until 1993, when it is imploded to be replaced
1954. Showboat Casino
opens on Boulder Highway (to become Castaways in 2000,
and then close in 2004).
1953. The Desert
Rose Motel opens, at what would later
become Monte Carlo.
- The Sahara opens.
- The Sands opens (on what would become the Venetian
1946. The Pink Flamingo
opens, built by notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel. It is
the first luxury hotel on the Strip, It would become The
Fabulous Flamingo in 1947, The Flamingo Hilton in 1974,
and Flamingo Las Vegas in 1999.