Laughlin Buzz

Aug 30, 2014

River Palms Laughlin. The End.

Laughlin, Nevada

River Palms Hotel and Casino

The River Palms is tentatively set to close right after the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, on September 3rd.

Even the large sign/marquee for the hotel and casino is now blank.

The property was was purchased by Nevada Restaurant Services from Tropicana Entertainment in July for a reported $6.75 million.  The new owners also operate a chain of slot parlor/taverns called Dotty's.  They anticipate opening sometime in October after meeting with the Nevada Gaming Commission.  At this point, do not expect them to get a license for table games, should be slots only.

The large River Palms wall mural 

We have heard the name of the new place will be the Laughlin River Lodge or River Lodge.   The same owners are renovating the Hacienda Casino they also purchased in Boulder City and are planning to call that one the Hoover Dam Lodge.

We dropped by for the first time in a very long time to see how the River Palms looked.  Virtually nothing seemed different.  There were still very few people.  Those who were there were wandering around, very few playing machines, some with their small children.

The 3 table games sat silent, no dealers, no action.

Various rumors are going on about what will reopen or be opened first...ranging from the Casino to the Hotel to the Restaurants.

Both Denny's and the Buffet were open.  One family was dining in Denny's and the buffet was empty.  It looked open even though no one was at the hostess stand, we could see food steaming in the trays at least.

The Buffet, Denny's and The Lodge Restaurant
are downstairs in the otherwise empty, cavernous space. 

Once the River Palms is closed more information is expected to be forthcoming on what the new place will look like and what will be there.

The River Palms website shows that they are no longer taking reservations.  If people are there for the Labor Day weekend, they must of booked in advance.  Or perhaps they are taking walk in guests still.

The property has potential.  Not that long ago they repaved the Riverwalk in front and it is a beautiful place to walk and see the River.  The grounds have been well kept, they have a decent pool in full sun.  Hopefully, the new owners have plans to revamp the rooms, clean the inside, and create a nice spot.  

We saw one of the very first machines we ever played at the River Palms years ago is still showing the long time standing $29,999.99 progressive jackpot.  It has been stuck on that amount forever. When the River Palms closes all the money ever played into build that over the years will most likely be "lost". 

Yes, we put in 5 dollars  in it.   

No, we didn't win it. 

Bingo was the only place there were more than a handful of people.  Perhaps the new owners will continue the Bingo tradition, although now the Tropicana is adding a new Bingo Hall on their Casino floor.

Perhaps the new owners won't use "black out" when something changes in their property. 

 Everything was on sale in the Beach Shop Gift Shop, not much left though.  
The normal $2.00 16 oz soda was 25 percent off though, what a deal?! 


Java Joes, the coffee/snack bar by the Casino floor was open, 
but unattended with very little in the coolers.

On the way back to the Golden Nugget we passed through the deserted Riverwalk portion with the Big Monkey statues and empty lot (where they held concerts before the Laughlin Event Center was built). 

The End. 

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1 comment:

  1. I've visited Laughlin for many years everytime we have been to the casino there always seemed something missing from previous visits the ship, floor full of slot machines,restaurants etc.We even splashed out on a suite then had to be moved after a few days as we had no air con. Hope the new management is better.