Las Vegas’ Golden Gate Casino reopens after major revamp

  • Casino revamp took just 106 hours
  • New development includes larger casino floor and new amenities including a ‘television fountain’

Downtown’s Golden Gate casino reopened Friday after a major revamp that has nearly doubled the size of the casino floor and added a host of new amenities.

Las Vegas' Golden Gate Casino reopens
Work being carried out inside Las Vegas’ Golden Gate Casino

The premises closed at around 2 a.m. on Monday August 21 and demolition crews immediately began to work on the site, as equipment, materials and fittings, including nearly a hundred slot machines were delivered.

Around 140 people worked on the project in round-the-clock shifts, enabling them to hit the deadline. When the casino reopened at noon on Friday August 25, the entire refurbishment had been completed in just 106 hours.

Television fountain

The changes to the casino include an increase of 20 feet to the casino floor, along with an eye-catching 24-foot high 360-degree ‘television fountain’ complete with a spiral crystal chandelier, in the newly rebuilt casino entrance.

According to the Golden Gate CEO, Derek Stevens, who is also in charge of the D Las Vegas casino, the new development was a mix of the old and the new:

“As the Golden Gate opens, this old-meets-new design creates a thrilling nostalgic feel evoking the spirit of the Rat Pack era with the excitement of our modern world.

Stevens also praised the Las Vegas City Council and Councilman Bob Coffin, for his advocacy of the project, which was based on the site of the old Le Bayou casino resort and the alleyway that once ran between Le Bayou and the Golden Gate.

The project also involved a total revamp of the casino’s fixtures, a new carpet, space for the company’s Club 1906 loyalty card holders and a refurbishment of the restrooms.

This was the second major revamp at the Golden Gate under Stevens, following the addition of a five-story hotel tower, lobby and exterior in 2012.

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