Arizona Charlie’s Boulder

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder

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Arizona Charlie’s Boulder is a 301-room hotel and a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) locals casino located in the Paradise, Nevada, United States. Owned by Golden Entertainment, it is on Boulder Highway between the Boulder Station and the Sam’s Town.


Arizona Charlie’s Boulder (and Arizona Charlie’s Decatur) are the result of original efforts by the Becker family, long established developers in Las Vegas. In January 2000, American Casino & Entertainment Properties purchased Sunrise Suites on Las Vegas’ Boulder Highway for $43.3 million. The property was renamed Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, as a companion name to Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. The two properties are 10.4 miles apart, with a third ACEP property, Stratosphere Las Vegas, located approximately midway between the two. The casino’s namesake was “Arizona” Charlie Meadows, a legendary sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Show and a distant relative of the original owners of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, the Becker family.

In November 1997 investor Carl Icahn bought a majority of Arizona Charlie’s mortgage notes, making him the resort’s largest creditor. Icahn fought for control of Arizona Charlie’s throughout a bankruptcy process. In July 1998 Bruce Becker’s $92-million loan from United Healthcare collapsed and ownership of the property passed to Carl Icahn and American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP). Two years later they added the Boulder property, naming it Arizona Charlie’s Boulder.

In October 2017, Golden Entertainment closed its $850 million purchase of American Casino & Entertainment Properties which expanded the company’s casino portfolio by four: the Stratosphere Las Vegas, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, and the Aquarius Casino Resort.

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