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Riviera
Riviera Las Vegas logo.svg
Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vagas.jpg
Location Winchester, Nevada
Address 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Opening date April 20, 1955
Closing date May 4, 2015 (planned)
Number of rooms 2,100
Total gaming space 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2)
Permanent shows Crazy Girls, "Wild Illusions" featuring Dirk Arthur [1]
Casino type Land-based
Owner Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Operating license holder Paragon Gaming
Renovated in 1999
Website rivierahotel.com

The Riviera (colloquially, "the Riv") is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada, owned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and operated by Paragon Gaming. It is scheduled to close on May 4, 2015, and then to be demolished to make way for convention and meeting facilities.[2]

The hotel has over 2,100 rooms, less than half of which are located in a 23-story tower. The casino has 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) of gaming space.

History[edit]

The casino was first proposed by Detroit mobster William Bischoff as the Casa Blanca, and received a gaming license in 1952. Bischoff later withdrew from the project, which was taken over by Miami businessman Samuel Cohen.[3] By March 1955, Cohen, identified as a member of Miami's S & G gambling syndicate, was no longer part of the investment group, though rumors persisted that he secretly maintained an involvement.[4] Harpo Marx and Gummo Marx held minority interests at the opening.[4]

The Riviera opened on April 20, 1955 as the first high-rise and the ninth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The Riviera is one of the oldest and most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas. The Riviera also broke new ground in its design: previously, Strip resorts resembled roadside motor courts.

The opening of the Riviera, along with The Dunes and the Royal Nevada casino resorts within a month were the subject of a famous issue of Life Magazine, on June 20, 1955 with a Moulin Rouge showgirl on its cover. The headline was "Las Vegas—Is Boom Overextended?" and a story about how Las Vegas had built too many hotel rooms to be profitable.

The Riviera casino went bankrupt just three months after opening. A group of former Flamingo Hotel managers led by Gus Greenbaum took over operation of the property, leasing it from the ownership group.[5][6] Greenbaum had recently retired, and it was widely suspected that he was coerced to return to work by threats from Chicago mob boss Tony Accardo.[7][8]

Among Greenbaum's staff was entertainment director William Nelson, who was soon discovered to be mob informer Willie Bioff, leading to his murder in November 1955.[9]

Greenbaum's drug and gambling addictions led to his embezzling from the casino. In December 1958, Greenbaum and his wife were murdered in their Phoenix, Arizona home, reportedly on the orders of either Meyer Lansky or Tony Accardo.[10]

Mob fixer Sidney Korshak played a major role in the property's management.[11] Law enforcement agencies suspected that he represented the Chicago Outfit's interest in the Riviera, and was responsible for skimming the casino's revenue and delivering the proceeds to Chicago.[12]

The Riviera was purchased in June 1968 by a group including bankers E. Parry Thomas and Jerome Mack, and investors tied to the Parvin-Dohrmann Corp., owner of the Aladdin, Stardust, and Fremont casinos.[13] In 1969, a deal was made to sell the Riviera to the Parvin-Dohrmann Corp.,[14] but the sale was blocked by the Nevada Gaming Control Board due to a the company's previous failure to report a change of ownership.[13]

Dean Martin was hired in 1969 to perform in the casino's showroom, and was given a 10 percent interest in the Riviera.[15] Martin left in 1972, after management refused his request to cut his performance schedule from two nightly shows to one; the Riviera bought back his shares.[15]

In 1973, the Riviera was purchased for $60 million by AITS Inc., a Boston-based travel company controlled by Meshulam Riklis and Isidore Becker.[16][17]

The Riviera filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1983.[18] Riklis pledged money to keep the business in operation,[18] and appointed Jeffrey Silver as CEO to turn the Riviera around.[19] Silver begin shifting the Riviera's marketing focus away from high rollers, and towards middle- and working-class gamblers.[20] He opened a Burger King franchise in the building, the first fast food chain outlet in a casino; this move inspired the phrase "Burger King Revolution" to refer to the broader trend of Las Vegas casinos catering to middle-class customers.[19][21]

The Riviera underwent an expansion from 1988 to 1990.[22] The project went significantly over budget, leading the parent company to file again for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1991.[22][23] The business emerged from bankruptcy in 1993 as Riviera Holdings Corp., owned by the previous secured creditors.[23]

2010 bankruptcy[edit]

On July 12, 2010, Riviera Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its bankruptcy included a reorganization plan under which secured lenders, led by Starwood Capital Group, would receive new debt and stock. The plan was negotiated with holders of 2/3 of the secured debt worth over $275 million, which included a $225 million term loan, unpaid interest and amounts owing on a swap agreement. Riviera Holdings listed assets and liabilities of $100 to $500 million each.

Under the terms of the agreement negotiated by Starwood, secured lenders would receive a new $50 million loan plus 80% of the new stock. Lenders who provide $20 million in a so-called new money loan would receive 8 percent of the new stock plus warrants for another 10 percent. Creditors who provide a $10 million working capital loan would receive 7 percent of the new stock. The last 5 percent of the new stock goes to the lenders in return for providing a backstop insuring availability for the $30 million in loans. Existing Riviera shareholders received nothing.

The Riviera lost $4.5 million on income of $30.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decline in popularity of the Riviera was caused in part by the decline of pedestrian foot traffic in the vicinity. Previously, the Riviera was surrounded by the Stardust, New Frontier, and Westward Ho, properties which were demolished to make room for new construction. A shutdown in the new construction in progress at the adjacent Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas and Echelon Place contributed to the Riviera's decline. The company had 1300 employees in Las Vegas and 260 employees in Black Hawk, Colorado.

In February 2015, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority acquired the Riviera hotel and its associated land for $182.5 million. The property was leased back to its existing operators, Paragon Gaming, who were expected to close it on May 4, 2015.[2] After winding down operations the hotel will be closed and demolished to make way for a planned expansion of LVCVA's Las Vegas Global Business District exhibit and meeting center project.[24]

Gaming[edit]

The 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) casino floor offers about 900 slot machines and 100 table games, including craps, blackjack, and roulette, along with mini-baccarat, pai gow poker, Let It Ride, and three-card poker. The Riviera poker program features daily tournaments, Texas Hold’em to 7 Card Stud to No Limit Hold’em. They also feature a large bad beat progressive jackpot, which they claim is one of the largest on the Las Vegas Strip.[25]

The Riviera also has one of the largest Bingo rooms in all of Las Vegas, and was recently voted the 'Best Bingo Room' by the Review Journal.[24]

The casino has a sportsbook operated by William Hill.

Entertainment[edit]

Liberace was the featured headliner at the resort's opening, and for many years afterward.

In 2006, Splash, a traditional Las Vegas revue, ended an extended run at the Riviera.

In 2009, An Evening at La Cage, featuring female impersonators including Frank Marino and his impersonation of Joan Rivers, ended one of the longest runs in Strip history.

Crazy Girls[edit]

The resort has one long-running show:

  • Crazy Girls, a topless show. The performers for Crazy Girls, including deceased transgender showgirl Jahna Steele, are immortalized with a bronze sculpture at the front of the casino unveiled in 1997[26] with the phrase No "Ifs", "Ands" or.... The thong-clad buttocks on it have been worn to a shine by passers-by rubbing them. The sculpture is based on a promotional photo for the show.[27][28] Riviera ads with the same photo used to appear on Vegas taxicabs, and it was restored for a shot in the film Domino.[29] The Crazy Girls were the inspiration for the 2008 film Crazy Girls Undercover.

Jan Rouven[edit]

  • Starlight Theater In June 2011 the Starlite Theatre reopened its doors. Mary Wilson of the Supremes was the headliner through July 4, 2011. The Village People and Comedian Andrew Dice Clay also headlined the venue. In June 2012 German Illusionist Jan Rouven took over the Starlite Theatre to headline there six nights a week. His show ILLUSIONS became one of the most successful shows the Riviera ever had. The hotel's sole other venue is the Riviera Comedy Club.

Jan Rouven no longer performs at Riviera. He is now headlining at The New Tropicana Las Vegas.

Previous acts[edit]

  • Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was, (Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra impersonators). This show has now moved to the off strip Las Vegas Westin Casuarina.
  • Dao – The Asian Celebration, which according to the Riviera's website offers "acrobatics, dance and martial arts in fusion with stunning costumes, exquisite stage design and beautiful music... mind and body in motion".
  • ICE, an ice dancing show featuring Russian skaters; cancelled in November 2009.
  • Greg London's ICONS
  • Society of Seven
  • Pat DiNizio's 'Confessions Of A Rock Star'
  • ""Mike Tricarichi Presents Steve-O & Tom Green's 'Icons of Comedy: Original Pranksters Tour' with Opening Act Tom Garland

Notable performers[edit]

Pocket billiards (pool)[edit]

As of 2010, the Riviera has a near-monopoly on championship-level North American and international amateur pool (pocket billiards) tournaments held in the United States, aside from the Florida-based U.S. Amateur Championship. The hotel's convention center hosts the Billiard Congress of America,[32] American Poolplayers Association,[33] Valley National 8-Ball Association[34] and American Cuesports Alliance[35] pool leagues' annual international championships, and various related events. BCA scheduled their 2011 and 2012 amateur championships at the Riviera, as well as the 2011 professional U.S. Open Ten-ball Championship.[32] APA publicly announced events at the Riv through August 28, 2010.[33] However, VNEA announced in May 2010 that their event would move to Bally's, further down the Strip, in 2011.[34]

In popular culture[edit]

The Riviera is often chosen as a shooting location due to its history and recognition as a landmark. Portions of the following features were filmed at The Riviera:

The majority of the television series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling was shot in the Riviera Hotel during its four-year run and subsequent 1991 pay-per-view. The game show Hollywood Squares also taped its final syndicated season at the Riviera, from 1980-81.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.RivieraHotel.com/las-vegas-entertainment
  2. ^ a b Richard N. Velotta; Howard Stutz (February 20, 2015). "In historic vote, LVCVA approves purchase of Riviera". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  3. ^ Michael Newton (2009). Mr. Mob: The Life and Crimes of Moe Dalitz. McFarland. p. 163. 
  4. ^ a b Milt Sosin (March 3, 1955). "Beach men granted Nevada casino OKs". Miami Daily News – via Google News. 
  5. ^ "Clark County's Riviera Hotel changes hands". Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV). UP. July 28, 1955.   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Finances of Riviera are under scrutiny". Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV). UP. October 27, 1955.   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  7. ^ Alan Balboni (Fall 1995). "Southern Italians and Eastern European Jews: Cautious Cooperation in Las Vegas Casinos, 1940-1967". Nevada Historical Society Quarterly: 163. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  8. ^ Gus Russo (2008). Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 215-16. 
  9. ^ Gus Russo (2008). Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 143-44. 
  10. ^ The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes by Michael Newton, Checkmark Books (August 2004) ISBN 0-8160-4981-5
  11. ^ Gus Russo (2008). Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 209-16. 
  12. ^ Gus Russo (2008). Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 215. 
  13. ^ a b Philip Greer (May 30, 1969). "Combination may now be right for full Las Vegas potential". Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, CO). Washington Post.   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Swiss firm sells stock as ordered". Nevada State Journal. UPI. April 24, 1969.   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  15. ^ a b "Dean Martin in show hassle". Billboard. March 4, 1972 – via Google Books. 
  16. ^ "Las Vegas Riviera sale approved". Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, CA). UPI. September 20, 1973.   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  17. ^ Marlo Barnhart (April 8, 1976). "Giant firm lost 3 buildings here". The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, MD).   – via Newspapers.com (subscription required)
  18. ^ a b "Riviera Chapter 11". New York Times. AP. August 26, 1983.   – via ProQuest (subscription required)
  19. ^ a b Al Martinez (April 27, 1984). "Fast food invades Riviera hotel as Vegas seeks middle class". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service. 
  20. ^ Nicholas D. Kristof (November 28, 1995). "Vegas courts low rollers". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  21. ^ D.G. Schwartz (2010). "The Burger King Revolution: How Las Vegas bounced back, 1983-1989". Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy 14 (4): 261–273. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  22. ^ a b Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Riviera Holdings Corporation. March 10, 1997. p. 3. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  23. ^ a b "Casino exits Chap. 11". The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ). AP. July 2, 1993 – via NewsBank. 
  24. ^ a b Las Vegas Sun
  25. ^ Riviera Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Review
  26. ^ Crazy Girls News
  27. ^ Crazy Girls Main Page
  28. ^ Crazy-Girls-Butts.jpg
  29. ^ BUTT SERIOUSLY …
  30. ^ http://www.newjerseystage.com/articles/getarticle.php?ID=4799
  31. ^ http://parade.com/380637/michelewojciechowski/stand-up-comic-vic-dibitetto-finds-the-funny-in-winter-freakouts-4/
  32. ^ a b "Upcoming Events". PlayBCA.com. Henderson, NV: CueSports International. 2010. "Events" section. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  33. ^ a b "APA Tournament Information". PoolPlayers.com. Lake Saint Louis, MO: American Poolplayers Association. 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  34. ^ a b "30th Anniversary: VNEA International Pool Championships". VNEA.com. Bay City, MI: Valley National 8-Ball Association (VNEA). 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 
  35. ^ "2010 National 8-Ball & 9-Ball – June 6–12, 2010: Tournament Guidelines and Entry Forms". AmericanCueSports.org. Green Bay, WI: American CueSports Alliance. 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010. 

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