Blackjack History – Casino Closings

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Event DateEvent Name
02-01-1865

On this day in 1865, Wilhelmsbad Hotel and Casino, outside Hanau in Hesse-Cassel, Germany closes its doors.

04-24-1950

On this day in 1950, the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas opened its doors.

06-17-1960

On this day in 1960, fire consumes the El Rancho Vegas Casino Resort, on the Las Vegas Strip.

08-08-1990

On this day in 1990, the Las Vegas  Landmark Hotel and Casino closed its doors for good.

07-06-1992

On this day in 1992, the El Rancho casino closed its doors.  This was formerly the Thunderbird and Silverbird.

01-26-1993

On this day in 1993, the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel and Casino closed its doors for good.

10-27-1993

On this day in 1993, the Dunes Casino and Hotel was "imploded" to make room for the Bellagio.  This event was the first of the major Vegas hotel implosions, with the Sands, the Frontier, Desert Inn and El Rancho all suffering the same fate over the next few years. 

02-01-1995

On this day in Las Vegas in 1995, Bob Stupak's space-themed Vegas World closed its doors to make room for the Stratosphere.

08-02-1995

On this day in 1995, the Club Royale Casino gambling ship sank off the coast of Florida's east coast.  It was attempting to outrun Hurricane Erin.   Three men died and seven other crew members were rescued.

11-07-1995

On this day in 1995, the Las Vegas  Landmark Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  Footage of the implosion was used in the movie Mars Attacks.

06-30-1996

On this day in 1996, the Sands Hotel and Casino closed its doors for good. The original Oceans 11 movie was filmed at the Sands in 1960.

11-26-1996

On this day in 1996, the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This property would later become the Venetian.

12-10-1996

On this day in 1996, the Las Vegas Hacienda Hotel and Casino closed, after being in operation from 1956 to 1996.

12-31-1996

On this day in 1996, the Las Vegas Hacienda Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This property made way for the Mandalay Bay.

11-25-1997

On this day in 1997, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas closed its doors for good.

04-27-1998

On this day in 1998, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was "imploded".

08-28-2000

On this day in 2000, the Las Vegas Desert Inn closed its doors for good. 

10-03-2000

On this day in 2000, the new El Rancho Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This property was originally the Thunderbird in 1948 and renamed several times.

10-23-2001

On this day in 2001, the Las Vegas Desert Inn Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This property would later become Wynn Las Vegas.

01-29-2004

On this day in 2004, the Castaways - Showboat Hotel and Casino closed in Las Vegas.

11-17-2005

On this day in 2005, the Las Vegas Westward Ho Casino closed its doors.

01-11-2006

On this day in 2006, the Castaways Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This property originally opened as the Showboat in 1954.

02-06-2006

On this day in 2006, the Las Vegas Lady Luck Hotel and Casino closed.  Seven years later it would reopen as the Downtown Grand.

02-14-2006

On this day in 2006, the Bourbon Street Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This Las Vegas property was later purchased by Harrah's.

05-09-2006

On this day in 2006, the Las Vegas Boardwalk Hotel and Casino was demolished.  It would be replaced by the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter.

06-28-2006

On this day in 2006, the Las Vegas Klondike Casino closed its doors.  This casino offered a +EV promotion called Free Ride for a few weeks in 1996.

11-01-2006

On this day in 2006, the Las Vegas Stardust Resort and Casino closes after 48 years of business.

02-27-2007

On this day in 2007, the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino closed -- only to be reopened 2 days later as Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon.

03-13-2007

On this day in 2007, the Las Vegas Stardust Hotel and Casino was demolished.

07-16-2007

On this day in 2007, the Las Vegas New Frontier Hotel and Casino closed its doors for good.

11-13-2007

On this day in 2007, the Las Vegas Frontier Hotel and Casino was "imploded".  This was the second oldest hotel on the Strip.

05-16-2011

On this day in 2011, the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and Casino closed its doors.

02-04-2013

On this day in 2013, Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon closed in Las Vegas.  It would later be remodeled and open as the Cromwell.

01-13-2014

On this day in 2014, the Atlantic Club Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City, closed its doors for good.

08-31-2014

On this day in 2014, the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City closed its doors for good.

09-01-2014

On this day in 2014, the Las Vegas Clarion Hotel and Casino closed its doors for good.  This was formerly known as the Royal Inn, Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynold's Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel and Casino.

09-02-2014

On this day in 2014, the Atlantic City Revel Casino closed its doors for good.  Also known as the TEN.

09-16-2014

On this day in 2014, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino closed permanently.  This was the fourth Atlantic City casino to close in 2014.

02-10-2015

On this day in 2015, the Las Vegas Clarion Hotel and Casino was imploded.  This was formerly known as the Royal Inn, Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynold's Hollywood Hotel and the Greek Isles Hotel and Casino.

05-04-2015

On this day in 2015, the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino was officially closed.

06-14-2016

On this day in 2016, the Monaco tower of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino was imploded.

08-16-2016

On this day in 2016, the remaining buildings of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino were imploded.

10-10-2016

On this day in 2016, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City, closed its doors for good.