Four Queens


Four Queens

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The Four Queens Hotel and Casino is located in downtown Las Vegas on the Fremont Street Experience. The 690-room hotel and 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) casino is owned and operated by TLC Enterprises, which acquired the property from the Elsinore Corporation in 2003.

History

Construction began on November 16, 1964. The $5.5 million project was planned to include an 18-story hotel. Four Queens opened on June 2, 1966. The casino is named after the builder Ben Goffstein’s four daughters, Faith, Hope, Benita, and Michele. It originally contained only 120 rooms and a 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) casino. The 18-story hotel building was eventually added.

From 1972 to 2003 the hotel/casino was owned by Elsinore Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hyatt Corporation until 1979, when it became an independent company. In 1995, Elsinore filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the investment firm Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Company obtained 99 percent ownership of the company.

In 1976 the casino expanded to 33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2) and changed decor to be warmer. A second 18-story hotel building was completed in 1981.

Today the casino occupies the entire block bordered by Fremont Street, Casino Center, Third Street and Carson Avenue. The Four Queens was also a partner in renovating the downtown area and creating the Fremont Street Experience.

In December 2003 the Four Queens casino was the first Las Vegas casino to offer Geoff Hall’s Blackjack variant Blackjack Switch, which is now widely available throughout Las Vegas. In April 2007 the Canyon Club opened at the Four Queens, providing the first downtown casino club. The hotel contains 690 rooms as of 2017.

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