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Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel Casino Demolished

Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel Casino Demolished

Storied Casino Officially No More

The Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was demolished Tuesday in a controlled implosion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The casino closed in May of last year after being open for 60 years.

The crowd reportedly counted down from 60 to 0 to celebrate 60 years.

Tuesday’s implosion took down the shuttered casino’s last remaining hotel tower. A demolition in June took down the casino’s larger tower.

The casino was Las Vegas’ first high-rise casino. The casino was bought by city officials who eyed it for a section of the $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project.

The Riviera, which had 110,000 square feet of gaming space, was the backdrop in a number of popular movies, including “Casino”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, and “The Hangover”. It had been renovated in 1989 and 1999.

The Riviera was once home to a six-table poker room, but it closed in 2013.


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Bilzerian Raises The Stakes On Cycling Gamble

High-stakes gambler Dan Bilzerian was risking $600,000 on a Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas cycling bet, but now he could end up losing his private jet.

Bilzerian and hedge fund manager Bill Perkins (also a poker player) agreed to the bet last month, which calls for Bilzerian to cycle roughly 300 miles to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Bilzerian said on Twitter this week that he could lose his G4, a private jet worth tens of millions of dollars, if he doesn’t make the ride.

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