Silver City Casino

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Silver City Casino
Silver City Casino 1999.jpg
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)
Total gaming space20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2)
Casino typeLand
OwnerMajor Riddle (1974–1979)

Circus Circus Enterprises (1979–1999)

Luke Brugnara (1999–2002)
Previous namesRiata Casino
Coordinates36°7′57″N 115°9′44″W / 36.13250°N 115.16222°W / 36.13250; -115.16222Coordinates: 36°7′57″N 115°9′44″W / 36.13250°N 115.16222°W / 36.13250; -115.16222

The Silver City Casino was a casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada.[1]


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 (architect of Caesars Palace), 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 April 2018, a marquee for Silver City Casino still stands on Convention Center Drive.[14]


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  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.
  14. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2019-01-08.