Barbary Coast 1979-2007

The Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino was a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip owned and operated by Boyd Gaming Corporation. With only 196 rooms, it was one of the smaller properties on the Strip sitting on only 4.3 acres (17,000 m2) of land. The property was traded to Harrah’s Entertainment in 2007 for a 24 acres (97,000 m2) of land on the north strip. The hotel and casino has been renamed to Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon.

3595 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Barbary Coast
Opening date
March, 1979
1890s San Francisco
No. of rooms
Total gaming space
2,800 m²
11.5 million USD
Casino type
Harrah’s Entertainment
Previous hotels
Years renovated


The casino was built by Michael Gaughan and it opened in March 1979 at a cost of $11.5 million. Over time, this property, along with others owned by Gaughan would become Coast Casinos Inc.

Michael Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst.

On February 9, 2004, Boyd Gaming announced that they would purchase Coast Casinos, a Las Vegas locals casino brand, for $820 million. The hotels included in this deal were the Barbary Coast, the Gold Coast, the Suncoast, the Orleans, and the South Coast, which was under construction at the time. The buyout was complete on July 1, 2005 at a cost of $1.2 billion.

On September 6, 2005, Boyd Gaming purchased the 4.3 acres (17,000 m2) of land under the hotel for $16 million. The hotel had been leasing the land prior to this point.

On October 2, 2006, Boyd Gaming announced plans to swap their Barbary Coast hotel for Harrah’s Entertainment’s 24-acre (97,000 m2) parcel on and around the site of the former Westward Ho next to Boyd’s Stardust. With the Westward Ho parcel, Boyd would have 87 acres (350,000 m2) contiguous on the Strip to complete their Echelon Place resort, the replacement for their Stardust property

On February 7, 2007, the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave approval to the plan for Boyd Gaming to swap the Barbary Coast with Harrah’s 24-acre (97,000 m2) site next door to Boyd’s Stardust property.

The Barbary Coast casino was closed at 2AM on February 27, 2007 after the acquisition was finalized. The hotel and casino were rebranded as Bill’s Gamblin Hall and Saloon, in honor of Harrah’s founder Bill Harrah, and reopened March 1, 2007 under Harrah’s ownership.

Though the property is owned and operated by Harrah’s and promotes other Harrah’s shows and facilities, Bill’s operates a single-property slot-club reward program with some interchange rights with Harrah’s reward programs. As of 2009 many longtime Barbary Coast employees have remained through both ownership changes.

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Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon

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