Harrah’s Las Vegas


Harrah’s Las Vegas

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Harrah’s Las Vegas (formerly Holiday Casino) is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned by Vici Properties and operated by Caesars Entertainment. It has over 1,200 slot machines.

The hotel offers 2,677 rooms with an attached casino providing 91,833 sq ft (8,531.6 m2) of space. The hotel consists of two towers, Mardi Gras and Valley Towers (formerly named the Carnival Tower), the taller of which, Valley, has 35 stories.

There is a Las Vegas Monorail stop, the Harrah’s & The Linq station, at the rear of the property. A shuttle service to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino was discontinued in late 2017.

History

Holiday Casino (1973–1992)

On July 2, 1973, Shelby and Claudine Williams, former owners of the Silver Slipper casino, opened the Holiday Casino, a small riverboat themed casino in front of the Holiday Inn Las Vegas Center Strip.

With riverboat-themed structure

In 1979, Holiday Inn bought a 40% share of the casino’s parent company, Riverboat, Inc. By 1982, the hotel had grown to over 1,000 rooms making it the largest in the chain. Holiday Inn bought out the remaining 60% in 1983.

Harrah’s Las Vegas (1992–present)

In April 1992, the property was renamed Harrah’s Las Vegas.

In 1997, it completed a renovation intended to make it the company’s flagship property, replacing the old riverboat theme with a Mardi Gras and Carnival theme. They extended the 35 story tower by adding 986 rooms. Included in the renovations were six 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) 23-karat gold-leaf sculptures. Built from steel and glass reinforced polyester resin, the sculptures stand 32 ft (9.8 m) high and wear size 43 shoes.

At the grand re-opening Harry Connick, Jr. entertained at the Carnaval Court. Tino Wallenda, the son of the legendary tight-rope walker Karl Wallenda, walked 139 ft (42 m) across a 1-inch (25 mm) steel cable, 99 ft (30 m) above the ground. Other celebrities who appeared included Sidney Poitier, Sandra Bullock, Minnie Driver, Stephen Baldwin, Lea Thompson, Dick Butkus, and Steve Wynn.

On November 29, 2017, Caesars announced it is selling the property to Vici Properties while Caesars continues operating it. The sale was completed the following month.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org

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