Las Vegas Club Closes, New York Racinos Get Video Blackjack, Nevada Gaming License Applicant Denied

Las Vegas Club Casino Closes After 85 Years

The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930 and received a gaming license the following year.  Its 85-year run ended on Wednesday at midnight when its doors were locked forever.  The Las Vegas Club property was acquired by the Stevens brothers, owners of Golden Gate and The D in downtown Las Vegas.  The Stevens did not acquire the Las Vegas Club name.  That was retained by Tamares Group, the former owner of the Las Vegas Club property.  The new project, which has yet to be announced, will include a new branding.

Las Vegas Club fell into decline over the past 10 years.  Its sportsbook and keno lounges were the first to close.  Its last restaurant closed in 2012.  The hotel was shuttered in 2013, as was about half of its casino floor.  The property fell into disrepair before closing for good this week.

New York Racinos Add More Virtual Table Games

New York racetrack casinos not located near the state’s tribal casinos may now offer a wider variety of virtual table games.  These include blackjack, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.  Hundreds of machines are expected to be installed across the street.  Some casinos, including Resorts World in New York City, already started installing blackjack machines.

New York racetracks were previously permitted to spread video table games that did not require skill.  Games installed before the expansion include roulette, craps and baccarat.

Penn Gaming’s Tropicana Acquisition Approved

The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the sale of Tropicana to Penn Gaming this week.  The sale was announced earlier this year.  Penn Gaming already owns the M Resort.  It is located on the far south end of the Las Vegas Valley on Las Vegas Blvd.  Penn Gaming will keep the Tropicana name, a brand that has operated in the same spot since 1957.

Nevada Saloon Owner Fails to Receive Gaming License

The new owner of two saloons in Virginia City was rejected for a gaming license this week by the Nevada Gaming Commission.  Vincent Michael Malfitano was denied a license due to omission of several lawsuits and an incident involving being  handcuffed by police during an incident at a non-gaming property he owned, according to the Associated Press.

Malfitano owns the Delta Saloon and Bonanza Saloon in Virginia City, an old mining town that caters to tourists about 45 minutes from downtown Reno.  The Delta Saloon is the largest gaming establishment in town.  It includes the famous Suicide Table.

Malfitano will be forced to sell the two gaming establishments.  An attempt will be made to prevent closures that would put an estimated 25 employees out of work, the Associated Press reported.