Four Queens – History

Construction began on November 16, 1964, opening in 1966. The casino is named after the builder Ben Goffstein’s four daughters, Faith, Hope, Benita, and Michele. It originally contained only 120 rooms and a 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) casino.

From 1972 to 2003 the hotel/casino was owned by Elsinore Corporation. Elsinore was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hyatt Corporation from 1972 to 1979, when it then became an independent company. At various time Elsinore also had interests in the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Hyatt Lake Tahoe, and several Native American casinos. In 1995, Elsinore filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the investment firm Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Company obtained 99 percent ownership of the company.

In 1976 the casino expanded to 33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2) and changed decor to be warmer.

Today the casino occupies the entire block bordered by Fremont St, Casino Center, Third Street, and Carson Avenue. The Four Queens was also a partner in renovating the downtown area and creating the Fremont Street experience.

In April 2007 the Canyon Club opened at the Four Queens providing the first downtown casino club.