Barbary Coast to become Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Harrah’s plans to change Barbary Coast’s name to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon after taking ownership from Boyd Gaming. The new name is apparently a tribute to Harrah’s founder Bill Harrah.

Boyd Gaming is trading Barbary Coast to Harrah’s for the land where Westward Ho formerly stood. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recommended approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission of the transaction.

Update: The Review Journal now has a few more details.

15 thoughts on “Barbary Coast to become Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon

  1. I guess if they called it Mike’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, I might have bought a hat.

    I think the name was designed only to piss off Michael Gaughn….”Hey Gaughn, Bill’s people finally got your piece of center strip.”

    If I stay there again, when people ask where I stayed, I’m just going to say Bally’s. Who the hell wants to stay at Bill’s

  2. I know this comment is a bit late, but wanted to respond to the Mr. Celine Dion gambling press release. I believe his gambling losses at Caesers Palace, as reported in the press release, were approxiamtely $230,000. Just as an example, if he were playing a good blackjack game (as would be found in a high limit room), the house edge would be about .5%. To lose $230,000, one would, on average, bet $46,000,000, about $850,000 per week over the course of a year. Seems to me as though the press release is confirming the gambling level, not denying it. And this is just at one casino.

  3. Did you see the renovation plans? Closed for 2 days and reopened as Willy’s Char House and Buffet.

    I can’t say where I got it, but I happened to find Harrah’s ‘to do’ list for the remodeling:
    -take down Barbary Coast signs
    -get new napkins
    -dress watresses as cowgirls
    -boa ties for everyone
    -destroy video poker
    -change Victorian Room name to ‘Eats’
    -convert Drai’s to “Toby Keith’s, I Love this After Hours Club”
    -wreck the rest of the video poker
    -add new Cirque show featuring Big Elvis
    -bring back Time Share Whores
    -cut the ribbon

    Barbary Coast RIP

  4. thanks scott!

    I forgot about the table games during my rant. It only bothers me when I think about it. I’m trying not to think about it.

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  5. Wolf Blitzer is an asshole…great clip.

    It’s o.k. to pretend it’s named after someone other than Bill Harrah. I’m pretending it’s named after Bill Clinton…who wouldn’t want to party at that place.

  6. So many great memories…. My first night ever in Vegas was at the Flamingo (not my choice), but I immediately found myself heading next door to the BC after I first went in there.

    Since then, I’ve stayed there twice, and ALWAYS played there anytime I was in town, regardless of where I was staying.

    I guess I’ll wander into the place just to see what’s been changed, but I have a feeling I’m not going to like it. The name alone is off-putting, so I can only imagine what will happen inside the property itself.

    Question: Is Big Elvis still going to perform? Or will Harrah’s Inc. sanitize him from the property? I’ll miss him if that happens.


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