Discussion in 'Casino Industry & Development' started by Blonde_4_ever, Apr 24, 2016.
From Scott Roeben at Vital Vegas
Demolition of Riviera Las Vegas Begins
I'll definitely miss their great neon.
Joe Rogan had Steven Schirripa on his latest podcast.
I only became aware of him through The Sopranos, but it was very interesting to hear his history, and that he used to manage the comedy at the Riviera, among other jobs in Vegas.
He was there from back when Joe Pesci's character from Casino was in town, so I bet he has some superb stories.
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Anyone catch the Riv demo part 2 last night?
I had my alarm set, but was too lazy to get up.
When I was 23, I picked up a conventioneer around twice my age in the lounge there. I'd have preferred two 23 year olds to one 46 year old, but Vegas giveth and Vegas taketh away.
Goodbye old friend.
My first solo trip to LV was at the Riviera. I was attending a conference at LVCC and stayed at the Riv. This was, coincidentally, during the rodeo finals and there were all kinds of cowboy types there. I was at first a bit concerned but these were the nicest guys, the type who would hold the door for you and tip their cowboy hat and such. They had CW music on the sound system and you would occasionally hear a "Yee-Haw" from the crap table area!
(Shameless plug) If you want to see some shots of the Riviera shortly before it closed, surf here: http://omababe.blogspot.com/2015/04/bibi-riv.html
*pours out a 40 to honor a dead homie*
Just in process of planning my 2nd Vegas holiday next year and seen the riviera was no more. We enjoyed the comedy club there last time. I felt the riviera was the casino that kept Circus Circus and the Stratosphere in touch with the rest of the strip and with the riviera gone they will seem even more isolated.
Funny you say that. I would walk from the Strat, through SLS and end up at Circus and Slots-O-Fun. All the while completely ignoring the Riv. I knew it was there, just had no interest in walking in to play.
I suppose that might have been the general consensus and that's why it's away. Also remember we got free tix to a couple of downtown comedy shows by an employee of the riv for no real reason other than a nice chat.
What are the plans for the site now? I take it that fountainblue hotel is still unfinished at that end of the strip.
The Riv site will be a convention center expansion. No more casino or fun on that land. As for FB, rumors a few months ago said Ichan was getting ready to sell it for a decent flip. But when you coupled the money he wanted, plus the money to finish it, no buyer emerged.
He paid $150 to buy it and wants $650 to sell. I hear some buyers kicked the tires at $350MIL with a budget of $1.2BIL to finish it off. Thats $1.5BIL all in. Cheaper than building new. But $1.2BIL to finish + $650MIL, and almost $2BIL to take over the problem doesnt make much sense.
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